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Flower Power

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!

Published on March 24, 2009

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  1. 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.

  2. ruby red vegan says

    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! 🙂

  3. 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!

    ; )

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. Meghan Telpner says

    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. 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!

  8. 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… 😉

  9. raspberryrunner says

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

  10. 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. 😉

  11. 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!

  12. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    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.

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