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I have been posting quite a few of my daughter’s decorated gluten free desserts on the blog, and today, we wanted to do something different.

Making frosting flower petals.

You can use any frosting you like or the fun pink lemonade buttercream I mentioned above!! Any frosting works in piping flowers.

We want to teach you how to make the buttercream flowers in the Gluten Free Pink Lemonade Cupcakes recipe on my blog.

Here are the frosting recipes:

Tools you need to pipe flowers:

For the frosting, you will need a combination of powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and water or cream

The first thing you will need to make this frosting flower design is this Wilton decorating tip. If you don’t have frosting bags, you will need those, too.

A bowl of light pink frosting.

Steps to make frosting flowers:

  • The first step is to take your frosting bag and insert the tip.
  • Use scissors to snip the end of the frosting bag off.
  • Fill your frosting bag and twist the end to squeeze the frosting towards the tip.
  • Grab a cupcake and use the frosting tip to draw large “U” shapes circling all along the outer edge of the cupcake.
  • Once you complete a ring of “U”  shapes around the outer edge, repeat this process starting from the middle of the cupcake. 
  • You want the “U” shapes to overlap a bit over the beginning of the “U” in the outer ring, as flower petals do.
  • Repeat this process one last time from the center of the cupcake.
  • Dot frosting in the middle to finish the flower. You can also use an M&M  or candy for the center of the flower.

You can see this process more in the video.

The top view of a pink flower frosting topped cupcake.

Here is a top view of the flower when it is complete.

Pink flower cupcakes topped with white chocolate dragon flies.

You can even top your flowers with these super cute White Chocolate Dragonflies

How to Make Buttercream Flowers

Sandi Gaertner
How to create buttercream flowers
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 181 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons water more if needed depending on how thick you want your frosting

Instructions
 

  • The first step is to take your frosting bag and insert the tip.
  • Use scissors to snip the end of the frosting bag off.
  • Fill your frosting bag and twist the end to squeeze the frosting towards the tip.
  • Grab a cupcake and use the frosting tip to draw large "U" shapes circling all along the outer edge of the cupcake.
  • Once you complete a ring of "U" shapes around the outer edge, repeat this process starting from the middle of the cupcake. 
  • You want the "U" shapes to overlap a bit over the beginning of the "U" in the outer ring as flower petals do.
  • Repeat this process one last time from the center of the cupcake.
  • Dot frosting in the middle to finish the flower. You can also use an M&M or candy for the center of the flower

Video

Notes

  1. You can use this homemade frosting recipe or store-bought frosting for this recipe tutorial.
  2. I used frosting bags and tips by Wilton, but you can use a different brand.
  3. Food coloring is optional.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 3mgSugar: 23gVitamin A: 315IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  1. I love how this looks with the dragonfly on top! Great tutorial. Bookmarking it for the next time I make cupcakes.

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