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Last summer, I made cupcakes for the birthday party of my then-boyfriend’s sister.  The birthday girl and her guests went crazy over the completely-edible sailboat, butterfly, watermelon, swimmer, flip-flops, etc. (Pictures here) Their parents all took down my phone number, and one of the party-goers recently called me with this request: Could I please make cupcakes for her birthday? But of course!  Hmmm, now what kind of cupcakes would I be asked to make?

Perhaps she’d request shimmery, magical mermaids? Or cute, cuddly animals? With visions of Disney Princesses dancing in my head, I excitedly asked the little girl what she wanted on her cupcakes.

“Flowers,” she said, matter-of-factly.

“Different flowers on each cupcake?”

“Nope; all the same.”

Well o-kaaay.  It was her birthday, after all. And so, the following cupcakes were born:




And they all lived happily ever after.


Edited to add: The cupcake recipe I used is the Classic Vanilla recipe found in Vegan Cupcakes take over the World.  I used the same frosting as in this post.  (I colored the frosting with Wilton food coloring.)  And the flowers are made of fondant, which means they’re 100% edible!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Lindsay says:

    picture perfect as always 😉

  2. Yasmin says:

    Those are beautiful art! I would not be able to eat them.

  3. coco says:

    oh… these cupcakes are soooooo cute!!! I’d ask you to make them for me too! 😀

  4. Sarah says:

    I say you should start up a cupcake shop! How cute!

  5. FoodsThatFit says:

    Gorgeous! I bet she loved them! You are so talented!

  6. I personally make it a whole foods cooking rule to try and avoid decorating food with themes- but if ever I were to go against that rule- it would have to be with your sweet pretty cupcakes.

  7. ohkansascity says:

    Wow, those look fabulous. What do you use to make you icing–it always looks so perfect. The alternating cupcake colors remind me of spring. I agree: you should definitely think about starting a cupcake shop. I bet it would be fabulous.

    I love making my boyfriend cupcakes, the dairy-free icing is always my problem so my cupcakes end up icing-less and naked. And I think he’s starting to miss brightly frosted cupcakes too.

  8. Virginia says:

    can you send me a beautifully decorated cupcake?!?! they all look so beautiful! is that marzipan that you make the flowers and stuff out of or some type of fondant? i haven’t worked with either, but i am open to trying it out!

  9. marafaye says:

    Its like an edible garden!!! I’m totally putting those on Cute Food Saturday!!! :)

  10. Krista says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You are certainly talented!! :)

  11. lauren says:

    SUPER CUTE!! Did you know that today is national cupcake day?!

  12. russ says:

    wow they must’ve taken hours to create! I hope they went down OK with the birthday girl!

  13. Awww, those are sooo pretty! You are way cupcake-talented! I don’t always have the patience to spend a ton of time making my desserts, mostly because I’m always in a hurry to eat them! But I guess it’s different when you’re baking for a “customer,” and you really want them to think vegan food is fun. Great job! :)

  14. Shelby says:

    Beautiful!!! But you are the cupcake queen =)

  15. Julie says:

    Oh my gosh those cupcakes are gorrrrrrgeous :)

  16. Vegyogini says:

    At least she knew what she wanted! They turned out so cute!

  17. Gina says:

    Katie, they are so adorable!! My birthday is Monday, want to bring cupcakes??? :)

  18. Kiersten says:

    Cute! The flowers and pastels are perfect for spring.

  19. jen says:

    those are gnawdorable.

  20. Kiki says:

    You really are the cupcake queen! Those are so adorable, I wish I could eat one!

  21. so cute and cheerful! Perfect for the start of spring :)

  22. Marianne says:

    Very pretty :) I would probably get you to make penguin cupcakes if it were my birthday. Actually, I have a big one coming up this summer, so…ya know… 😉

  23. Mariposa says:

    those cupcakes are adorable!!!!! do you mind telling me how you made them? my sisters wedding is coming up.. i am semi-in charge of the cupcake towers.. i would love to get an EDGE for decorating!!! thanks!

    ; )

  24. Eddie G says:

    Katie–You rock!

  25. laci says:

    Katie can reclaim her cupcake frosting crown once again folks! :)

  26. laci says:

    By the way, what kind of frosting/fondunt do you use? :0

  27. Jane says:

    those are awesome. that’s so cool that you got “booked” for a party through a positive reference- you go girl!
    what did you make the flowers out of? fondant?

  28. jrsimon56 says:

    You should totally open a cupcake shop. You could team up with Duff from Ace of Cakes since he hates making cupcakes, but definately has the demand :) I mean, cupcakes rock!

  29. Ariel says:

    Adorable! Your cupcake posts are so much fun. I love the picture of them all together at the end. :)

  30. Kristie says:

    Return of the cupcakes!! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

  31. those are adorable!!! i always wanted flowers on my cake when i was little…especially the roses made of sugar :)

  32. Ricki says:

    Love your cupcakes! And you still managed variety with the different frosting colors :)

  33. Vegetation says:

    GORGEOUS Katie!! Come and make cupcakes for my birthday?

  34. Jodye says:

    I do believe these are the cutest cupcakes I ever have seen!

  35. Absolutely adorable! They are so lucky to have CCV to make such beautiful creations :)

  36. Elle says:

    OMG the icing sits in a perfect little mound atop the cakes – SO creamy and tempting, mmmm. plz airmail me some tmr, k? k good. 😉

  37. Laura says:

    Your cupcakes are always so perfect! What’s your secret?!

  38. brandi says:

    beautiful! I love the colors!

    Do you use fondant for the flowers?

  39. A.Cook says:

    Those are absolutely beautiful! I’m totally hiring you for birthday parties when I have kids someday!!!

  40. Lauren says:

    So beautiful!!! And I am sure really yummy! :)

  41. Emily says:



    Wow you are talented!

    With Love,


  42. Sal says:

    absolutely gorgeous. your frosting looks so glossy and gorgeous! how do you get it like that???

  43. Vegan_Noodle says:

    So colorful!! Your cupcakes are always impressive :-)

  44. Coconutgal says:

    Have you considered starting a little cupcake business? These are really cute unlike the spray-on florescent colors they use on grocery store cupcakes. I bet you’d get a ton of customers!
    “CCV Cupcakes!”
    They look tasty too, hope you saved one for yourself!

  45. Almost too cute to eat…….almost! I’d gobble one up for sure! They are just adorable Katie. I’d hire ya for my upcoming b-day :)

  46. Erin says:

    Those are incredible! I love the flowers! YAY for return of the cuppycakes!

  47. ttfn300 says:

    gorgeous!! flower power :)

  48. dailygoods says:

    BEAUtiful cupcakes :)

  49. Aw, those are adorable. You really are the cupcake queen, dude. I wish I lived closer so I could call on you for cuppie requests.

  50. How sweet!! The cupcakes really look great. I bet she’ll remember those when she’s all grown up, too?

  51. Sweetie Pie says:

    Those are SO ADORABLE!! In fact, they are downright groovy! Flower power for sure!

  52. Lauren says:

    they’re sooo beautiful!! :) love em!

  53. Diann says:

    I know a certain birthday girl was very happy – beautiful job!

  54. Jessica says:

    Those are stunning, the flowers are just perfect! I might need to commission you for my birthday next year :)

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  56. Sanja says:

    They look adorable!

  57. Adorable! What a lucky birthday girl! All Hail Her Majesty the Cupcake Queen! :)