April Showers bring May Flowers

We were just starting to assemble an ark out of scrap wood from the back of the barn when the rain eased up. Then it truly became a case of “April showers bring May flowers” – both inside and out.



Math teacher extraordinaire Stephanie P. had purchased my donation to the Academy’s fundraising auction last fall, a signed copy of a cake book I was a contributing editor to plus (of course) a cake. She decided to cash in on the cake part of the package to celebrate the publication of Morning Song, a book her sister Carol Purington and friend Susan Todd co-edited.

"morning song poems book"What better way to celebrate a new book for new parents which came out on the cusp of a new season than with a batch of newly sprouted cupcake flowers?

Step 1 – Make hundreds of chocolate cupcakes while watching the royal wedding.

"chocolate cupcakes"Step 2 – Walk outside for some inspiration.

"violets"Step 3 – Frost hundreds of cupcakes to look like flowers.

"cupcake flowers"Step 4 – Keep frosting and try not to eat any many.

"chocolate cupcake flowers"Step 5 – Gather the teeny tiniest flowerpots you have to pop the cupcakes in.

"flower pots"Step 6 – Enjoy!

"Flowerpot Cupcakes"


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5 responses to “April Showers bring May Flowers

  1. You continue to amaze me!

  2. Thanks for posting this cool article!

  3. Ria

    What # tips did you use for each flower? These are so beautiful I would love to try.

    • Hi Ria. For the most part I use both open and closed star tips – 18, 20, 21 (though numbers may vary depending on the brand). It looks like I also used a petal tip on a few of the purple ones. I like my icing a little on the soft side for this work to make the piping easier. Also you can always practice on a sheet of waxed paper, then scoop up your practice petals and repipe that icing onto cupcakes. Happy baking!

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