Mother’s Day Flowers – A Cupcake Bouquet

Cupcake bouquet with flower cupcakes
 Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday.
Have any plans?
I got an early present on Sunday, which I am super excited to start using!
So my Mother’s day will consist of me learning how to use my new toy 🙂
Beyond that I will be keeping it pretty low key.
You see, this will be the first Mother’s Day that I will be celebrating since my mom’s passing in February.
She lost her battle with a cancer that came fast and furious, not giving us much time to fight it.
I didn’t share the sad news before now, because I am just learning how to deal with such tremendous loss.
I have learned many things over the past few months trying to navigate my life without her.
It’s quite an anomaly, the feeling that you have walking through your life without the person that has been there by your side all along.
It forces you to grow up, no matter how old you are.
But with all the lessons that I have learned, and will continue learn, I believe that the most important is to cherish you family and loved ones.
Now, this Sunday we have a whole day there to remind us how much our Mother’s do for us and how much we, as Mothers, do for our own families.
So give your mom a squeeze and tell her thank you for everything she has ever done, because sometimes you don’t realize it all until it’s too late.
Now, onto happier, craftier, sugarier stuff 🙂
Instead of a regular old bouquet of flowers, why not give her something to make her tummy happy as well as put a smile on her face?
You’ll need:
Green Twizzlers (they come in an assorted pack of colorful Rainbow Twizzlers.)
Lollipop sticks (minimum of 6″ long)
Assorted colorful candy (I used M&Ms)
Baked and frosted mini cupcakes
Floral foam
some green Easter “grass”
pot to “plant” your cupcake flowers
 Overhead view of frosted cupcakes and decorations for Mother's Day Cupcake Bouquet
Start with your skinny round lollipop stick, mine were 6 inches long, so all my measurements are based on that.  Lollipop sticks are readily available at your local craft store or even WalMart carries them now
6 inch candy stick next to a ruler
Then cut your Twizzler to 3 inches.
Green twizzler cut to 3 inches
The push your stick through the hole in the Twizzler
(get your mind out of the gutter).
Leave  about 2.25 inches on the bottom end (to stick in the floral foam) and 1 inch on top to stick into your cupcake:
Green twizzler on a candy stick next to a ruler
Now decorate your cupcakes with your candy…I used M&Ms, but Mike and Ikes would be cute too!  Use your imagination!
M&M candies on a vanilla frosted cupcake
The poke a TINY hole in the side of the cupcake liner…
Side view of vanilla frosted cupcake with orange M&M's
Carefully push your lollipop stick into the cupcake.  Make sure you don’t push it all the way through.  Use your Twizzler as a stopper at the bottom so your stick doesn’t pierce through the entire cupcake and poke out on the other side.
Candy stick being poked into the side of a cupcake paper
Here’s how mine looked before I “planted” them.
Overhead view of cupcakes decorated like flowers with stems
Now press your sticks into the foam, arranging them as you like.
Green twizzler flower stems stuck into foam
Now use some of your leftover Easter basket grass to cover up the foam.
There you have it!  Easy, yummy and super cute!
Mother's Day cupcake flower bouquet in a tin
 Perfect for your Mom or Grandma on Mother’s Day!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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August 28, 2011 2:46 pm

I have just found your blog and noticed the passing of your mother. We came to this earth life to experience such things as this and we rejoiced in our chance to do so. Your mother is not gone because you can be with her again. We are all children of our Heavenly Father and Mother and he has not left us alone. All things have been restored so we can know of his plan for us. I would love to tell you more if you would like. Be assured that all is well with your mother and you will… Read more »

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen
May 11, 2011 7:42 pm

These are absolutely adorable!!

May 10, 2011 2:31 pm

Thanks so much for this! My best friend's birthday was a few days before Mother's Day so this came up just in time. She is probably the biggest flower lover I have EVER known, so I knew I HAD to do this as her birthday dessert!
Here is a link to my facebook page where I posted pics of my version 🙂

PS I LOVE your blog! I'm about to be a first time mommy so this is the inspiration for fulfilling ALL my sweet cravings 🙂

May 8, 2011 3:13 am

Thanks for linking up Shelly! I featured you post in my wrap up!

May 7, 2011 2:35 pm

It's been 11 years since my mom passed from cancer. She was only 48. It's always hard. For years I ignored Mother's Day altogether. Now that I have kids, it's easier to manuever. We still don't go to church that Sunday, though. I find that I sob through the whole service-it's not pretty. Losing your mom leaves a hole that just can't be filled by anyone else but you do learn to handle it better with time. I'll be praying you through this weekend.

THE Tough Cookie
May 6, 2011 12:15 pm

Shelly, my heart goes out to you. I know all too well the first special occasions after the loss of a parent. I'd like to tell you it gets easier, but I can't. You just get used to the new reality. And, if I could I'd punch someone in the nose the next time I hear 'it's the circle of life'.

I will tell you it gets easier conjuring up the happy memories as time goes on. The ones that make you smile when you remember your mom.

Sending you big cookie hugs.

Cookie Sleuth
May 6, 2011 4:07 am

Such a fun new toy. 🙂 I hope you can enjoy the day and celebrate your wonderful memories with your mom.

May 5, 2011 4:39 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. May you take comfort that your mama raised one great baking girl:)

Thanks for sharing with us – I'm gearing up to make Lemonade cake for this weekend!

May 5, 2011 12:29 pm

So sorry to hear the very sad news of the loss of your mom. I hope you have a happy day with your family this Sunday.

Your flower bouqet is so pretty:)

May 5, 2011 8:32 am

I am so so sorry. I am up with a sick kiddo and now I am bawling. I didnt start making cookies by accident you know. My hobby stemmed from a loss. My Nanny passed away Jan of 09 and even though I expected it, it was the absolute most devestating thing I have ever been through. All at once, my safe place, my biggest fan, by best friend, one of the biggest influences in my life was GONE. I was not and will never be used to or prepared for the void she left. I still talk to her,… Read more »

May 5, 2011 8:12 am

i haven't seen rainbow twizzlers on the shelves–how lovely! these are adorable little treats–clever work!

Sara Tea
May 5, 2011 7:24 am

too stinkin' cute!!

May 5, 2011 3:08 am

I'm so sorry, Shelly. I know how difficult it is to celebrate Mother's day without your mom, your #1 fan. For years I went camping on Mother's day weekend to avoid the day. I hope you enjoy your new toy and capture sweet mom memories with your own boys:)
The cupcake flowers are just way TOO CUTE!

Couture Cupcake
May 5, 2011 2:40 am

This is adorable!!! I love this blog!! New follower! come see my blog!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
May 4, 2011 8:31 pm

I am so sorry to hear! Glad you're up to celebrating now. That is a very clever presentation

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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