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This is a bucket that is filled with cupcakes and flowers and wrapped with a lace ribbon
What a lovely gift and can be very inexpensive
We have baked cupcakes to order for over 6 years and so know this will be popular
Now how tomake the cupcake bouquet . . .
You will need
- 175g (6oz) butter
- 175g (6oz) caster sugar
- 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream:
- 225g (8oz) butter
- 450g (1lb) icing sugar
- 2–3 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pink food colouring (gel/ paste is best)
For your cupcake bouquet:
- 7–12 prepared vanilla cupcakes (depending on the size of your pot)
- Cocktail sticks
- Polystyrene to fit your pot and 1 inch shorter than the top
How to make
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/Fan 160 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas mark 4 and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases.
2. Put the butter, caster sugar, eggs and vanilla extract into the bowl of a free-standing mixer (or you can use a handheld electric whisk and mixing bowl). Sift in the flour and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until light and creamy. Divide the mixture between the paper cases.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, prepare the buttercream. Beat the butter until soft and creamy. Sift the icing sugar and add to the creamed butter in two stages, mixing on a low speed. When fully incorporated, add the milk and vanilla extract and beat for 3 to 5 minutes on a higher speed. Mix in a little pink food colouring using the tip of a cocktail stick until you reached your desired shade.
5. Spoon the pink buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle and swirl it on top of the cupcakes, from the centre outwards.
6. Place the polystyrene in the flowerpot. Put two cocktail sticks in each area where you want a cupcake. Around the sides, insert the cocktail sticks at a 45° angle, otherwise the cupcakes will fall off. You will need to raise the centre of the pot with scrunched-up tissue paper.
7. Slide a cupcake onto each pair of cocktail sticks, adjusting as needed to cover polystyrene.
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