Make a Dazzling Sunflower Cupcake With Zoe Clark

Watch this week’s episode of Project Cupcake, and join Zoe Clark, instructor of Craftsy’s online class Elegant Lace Cakes, to make a sweet and sunny floral cupcake! Learn how to combine buttercream and gel color for lovely edible petals, and use gum paste and a veiner for lifelike leaves! This treat is almost too pretty to eat — almost!

See how the sunflower cupcake is made here:

Then, make your own!

Materials you’ll need:

  • Chocolate and vanilla buttercream
  • Yellow and red gel color
  • Two piping bags
  • Parchment cone
  • Circle cutter
  • Green gum paste
  • Veiner
  • Dowel
  • Leaf cutter
  • Chocolate sprinkles


Step 1:

Ice cupcake with chocolate buttercream.

Step 2:

Add yellow gel coloring to two separate bowls of vanilla buttercream. Add a small dollop of red gel to one bowl, and mix to create orange icing.

Step 3:

Fill two piping bags: one with yellow icing and one with orange icing.

Step 4:

Pipe a line of orange icing down the inside of a parchment cone, then fill with yellow.

Step 5:

Fold over the back end of parchment cone and cut a triangle in the tip for “leaf tip.”

Step 6:

Use a circle cutter to mark a circle on the top of your iced cupcake. Then, use your filled parchment cone to add three layers of yellow-orange petals around the outside of the circle.

Step 7:

Roll out green gum paste with a dowel and use leaf cutter to cut leaves.

Step 8:

Use veiner to add texture to gum paste leaves. Then set aside to dry.

Step 9:

Use a spoon to add chocolate sprinkles to the middle of your sunflower cupcake.

Step 10:

Place dried gum paste leaves around icing petals for finishing touch. Enjoy!


Which other flowers would make for a stunning sweet treat?

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