I’m a huge fan of the Hello, Cupcake recipe book series…for those of you who aren’t familiar, you can check them out here: http://hellocupcakebook.com/books/
When I’m feeling particularly creative, I go to these books for guidance on new decorating tips and tricks. What’s most exciting about these books is that you make use of things you can easily buy at your local grocer. These flower cupcakes, while gorgeous, are incredibly labor intensive and making more than a couple is an exercise in patience. And dexterity.
The petals are mini marshmallows cut in half (on the diagonal) and then dipped in colored sugar. Then you painstakingly have to place them (I start from the outside and work my way in) in a circular fashion until the cupcake resembles a flower (or to some, a succulent). The end result is nothing short of beautiful (in my humble opinion), but fair warning, friends, set aside a few hours if you choose to embark on this particular task! Another helpful hint…have a damp dishcloth nearby to clean off the blades of your scissors every few minutes as they can get super sticky and you won’t get nice clean cuts on your marshmallow petals.