I’m a simple girl. I like to keep things as uncomplicated as I can, but still get a lot of bang for the amount of time I invest into something.
These cupcakes? They’re super simple to make and make a BIG impact!
I can whip out a few dozen of them with the WeeSheBeast napping in the mei tai and impress all of the unsuspecting friends and family and neighbors, coworkers, acquaintances, you-name-it. They’ve never let me down, and I always get a ton of compliments (mama loves compliments). And now, you can, too!
Oreo Sunflower Cupcakes Tutorial
First things first, gather up your materials. You’ll need:
- Cupcakes – baked and cooled to room temperature
- Frosting (not icing!)
- Yellow food coloring
- Blue food coloring
- Black food coloring
- A spoon
- Red M&Ms
- A thin paintbrush
- 2 piping bags (and couplers, if you have them)
- Wilton piping tip #352
I used a boxed cake mix to make two dozen cupcakes. You can use your favorite cupcake recipe, or go with the boxed stuff – either one works. I also used pre-made frosting, but if you’re up to it, you can make your own buttercream. One pre-made can will decorate all 24 cupcakes, but I bought two because one can is just enough, and I’d rather be safe than sorry. One package of Oreos is enough to make two dozen sunflowers, and have a few left over for “food safety testing” and in case a few are broken.
I wasn’t thinking straight and totally spaced taking a photo of this. Count out enough red M&Ms to make one ladybug for each of your cupcakes. Grab your super thin paint brush, dip it in the black food coloring, and paint a half circle on one end, then a line down the middle, and make a few dots on either side to make your ladybugs. Repeat for each M&M, and make sure to do this on the unprinted side. Refer to the image above to see what the ladybugs should look like – these are pretty simple.
Now leave them alone so the food coloring can dry. I usually like to make these the day before.
Take your frosting and color all of it bright yellow using the yellow food coloring. Then, take about 1/4 cup of it and add blue food coloring to make green. Set up two piping bags with couplers and put your leaf piping tip onto the green one. Fill your yellow bag only about half-way – you’ll have to refill it periodically, but an overfull bag is hard to wield.
If you don’t have couplers or a piping tip, this YouTube video shows you how you can pipe leaves without them! I just prefer to use my piping tips because I have them, and they make the process a bit easier.
Baked and cooled cupcakes.
Carve out the top of each cupcake. Make an Oreo cookie-sized hole using a spoon and set aside the top. Eat them later as a reward. If you like muffin tops, you’ll love cupcake tops. Yum!
Add a blob of frosting to the hole in each cupcake. This will help “glue” the cookie in.
Place a cookie in the hole, making sure it fits snugly. If your hole is a little big, don’t fret, it’ll get covered with frosting!
Grab your green frosting piping bag and pipe a few leaves around your cookie, 5-6 should do. I usually try to get the leave to start inside the cookie, next to the filling. This YouTube video shows you how to make the leaves, but basically, you hold your piping bag at a 45 degree angle, push the frosting out and slowly pull it towards the edge of the cupcake, releasing pressure and lifting up slightly at the end to make it make a point. Do this for each of your cupcakes, then wash out your leaf tip and put it on your yellow frosting piping bag.
Fill in the spaces between the green leaves with yellow petals, made exactly the same way. Fill it in however you can, if there’s a bit of space between two petals/leaves, it’ll be covered by the next round.
Refill your piping bag with more yellow frosting as you start to run low. Once you’ve finished filling in the spaces on the first round of petals, start on the second. I try to place them so top petals sit between lower petals, and I start them just on the edge of the cookie, so everything is nicely covered.
Finally, dab just a dot of frosting on the back of your M&M ladybugs and stick them to the cupcakes. Then step back and admire your handiwork! These are fabulously cute and really quite simple to execute.
Have you made these before? Leave a comment and let me know how they went over!
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