Thursday, May 1, 2008

Wow Your Mom on Mother’s Day!

For Mom

Can’t decide on flowers or candy? Then give your mom both – and some cupcakes to boot.

These cute candy flowers were inspired by fellow flickr user mommawants1more. She does a great job with this creative candy technique. Then I also found this decorating style featured in the book, The Whimsical Bakehouse, and saw how easy it was to do using colored candy melts. And you know, I have my fair share of those laying around the kitchen lately. So you guessed it, I started melting. Read below to see how you can do it too.

Flower Cupcakes

Find a design you want to use or draw it by hand for a more whimsical feel.
Place the drawing on a cookie sheet and cover with wax paper. Tape it down flat so it doesn’t move. Use one unmelted yellow candy melt for each flower center.

Candy Melts

Melt the white candy coating and use a plastic bottle (shown) or ziploc bag with the corner cut out to pipe the outline of your shape. Place in the freezer for a couple of minutes until hardened. Remove.

Candy Melts

Fill in the shapes with a second color. It shouldn’t be too hot. (or too hard… my niece even helped me with this.)

My little helper

Return to freezer to harden. Remove and flip over to reveal the flat side to display on your cupcakes. Easy!

Mini Cupcakes

And if you want to make some letters, that’s easy too! Use an alphabet mold and fill shape with melted candy. Freeze for a few minutes and then, pop them out.

Alphabet Molds



You’ll need:
Frosted Cupcakes
Squeeze Bottle or Ziploc Bag
Cookie Sheet with Wax Paper (taped flat)
Colored Candy Melts
… and a steady hand

Here’s three brands of candy melts:
Make ‘n Mold Candy Melts
Mercken’s Candy Coatings
Wilton Candy Melts

Here’s some fun stuff if you’re up for it:
Alphabet Candy Molds
The Whimsical Bakehouse (shows some examples and instruction on how to use this technique.)

And if you’re not up to the challenge:
Visit Sugar Coated Love and maybe mommawants1more can make some for you.

Mother's Day Cupcakes

My Sweet & Saucy said...

These are soooo cute! What a great idea for Mother’s Day!

May 1, 2008 04:17 AM
Lettie said...

You are very creative and talented. I love your whimsical creations. You inspire me, and I really do mean that!

May 1, 2008 04:27 AM
Andria said...

I love your blog…you are SO talented!!!!

Andria @ Elements of Entertaining

May 1, 2008 05:36 AM
gail said...

lovely! i agree with lettie youre one creative person.

May 1, 2008 06:30 AM
suneeta said...

Thank you so much for sharing such an “easy but would never have thought of it myself” idea. The tutorial is great and I can’t wait to try it out soon.

May 1, 2008 07:48 AM
mika said...

Thanks a million to share this technique, I was so curious about it… ^_^

May 1, 2008 08:49 AM
Kim said...

These are darling! I have a big bake sale at church next weekend. These flower cupcakes are perfect for spring. Thanks for the inspiration.

May 1, 2008 11:16 AM
Darling729 said...

Love It! Love It! Love It! Thanks so much for your adorable ideas, but even more importantly, thanks for showing us HOW to make them!!

May 1, 2008 11:35 AM
Min said...

Oh dear, I don’t think they sell candy melt here.. maybe if I just melt any chocolate block, that would work ? Anyway thanks for the idea.

May 1, 2008 01:27 PM
sugarlens said...

You are simply awesome.

May 1, 2008 01:37 PM
sugarlens said...


Could you share the recipe you used to make these lovely cupcakes and the frosting? I loved the chocolate cupcake receipe you posted around Valentine’s Day. Now I am looking for a go-to yellow cake and white cake recipes. Thanks so much.

May 1, 2008 01:41 PM
EriKa said...

You inspire me!

May 1, 2008 01:48 PM
scorps2178 said...

These are just adorable. Thank you for all the great ideas. Have you ever thought of starting a web business?

May 1, 2008 01:56 PM
Amber said...

Wow that looks like something I could actually pull off! Very cute idea!

May 1, 2008 02:04 PM
Thimbleanna said...

Holy Crap. You Rock, Ms. Bakerella!!!

May 1, 2008 02:59 PM
Anonymous said...

another masterpiece. where do your ideas come from? :)

May 1, 2008 03:22 PM
BeachMama said...

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing the flower technique. I could have used it a month ago when I wanted to make a sun for a cake. I couldn’t figure it out so the garden was ‘sunless’.

May 1, 2008 03:28 PM
Charlotte said...

I love these little cupcakes so much :) I have to let you know that I made some of your cupcake pops – this was a really big deal for me (being quite domestically challenged!) and they were a big hit so thank you xx

(see my attempt here!!)
link to

May 1, 2008 03:35 PM
Janna said...

Okay, You are my creative hero!
Can I be your kid and help you make fun things in the kitchen?

These are SO stinkin’ cute!

May 1, 2008 03:41 PM
Sarah C. said...

Great idea! Thanks for the wonderful step-by-step instructions with photos. :)

May 1, 2008 03:41 PM
Gbemi's Piece said...

Those are really cute! It’ my first time on your blog and I LOVE it! I’ll definitely be back. Looking to make some cupcakes for my son’s birthday. Where can I get those dark brown cupcake holders? Thanks!

May 1, 2008 03:46 PM
Nicole said...

Those are adorable!

May 1, 2008 03:53 PM
Anthony and Brittany said...

these are so beautiful! what a great idea! i simply love this site! i added this blog as a fav. link on my blogger!!

May 1, 2008 04:33 PM
ali said...

I found you off of She’s Got It All’s website… such CUTE ideas you have! Thanks for sharing!

May 1, 2008 06:01 PM
ali said...

link to

Oh… that’s where I found it. :)

May 1, 2008 06:02 PM
addy said...

You are so awesome! Another totally fantastic idea – I shouldn’t read your blog at work because then I immediately want to start baking and can’t.

May 1, 2008 07:08 PM
Julia said...

What a great idea!!!! Thanks :)

May 1, 2008 07:27 PM
Carol said...

Very cute! I need to get that alphabet tray!

May 1, 2008 07:29 PM
Aly said...

You’re so talented!

But I do have a question: Where do you get the dark brown cupcake liners that you used? They bring the entire “look” together!


May 1, 2008 09:44 PM
Hillary said...

Gorgeous decorating job you’ve done there. I wish I could make such beautiful cupcakes!

May 1, 2008 09:56 PM
tiffany said...

I totally thought those were paper flowers. I love this idea!

May 1, 2008 10:12 PM
Natalie said...

Wow. I’m so impressed.

May 2, 2008 01:59 AM
Karen said...

These are too cute!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

May 2, 2008 02:19 AM
Bakerella said...

My Sweet & Saucy – thanks!

Lettie – mahalo

Andria – thank you

gail – thanks!

suneeta – well I have to say, I didn’t think of it first, but I wish I had.

mika – it’s easier after having worked with the candy melts on other projects

Kim – you are welcome.

Darling729 – I thought peopel would like this, so thanks.

Min – look at this post. I have some links to buy online

sugarlens – thanks. And I am still looking for that go-to recipe. This one isn’t it. It’s an enhanced cake mix recipe using pudding mix and sour cream. When I find a scratch one I like, I’ll be sure to post it. The frosting is the same one from the chocolate cupcake valentine post you mentioned.

EriKa – I’m glad. That makes me want to keep doing more.

scorps2178 – Yeah, but I don’t know where to start.

Amber – You can do it for sure.

Thimbleanna – thanks!

Anonymous – I wish I knew.

BeachMama – I’m glad to shine some light on things for next time.

Charlotte – I’ll take a look.

Janna – I can always use a helper.

Sarah C. – You’re welcome.

Gbemi’s Piece – Try

Nicole – thanks!

Anthony and Brittany – Wow. thanks for faving me.

ali – that’s good to know.Thanks for the info.

addy – same for me too.

Julia – you are definitely welcome.

Carol – yeah, they are handy.

Aly – Sure… I love them too.

Hillary – I’m sure you can.

tiffany – fooled ya.

Natalie – thank you

Karen – Glad to help.

May 2, 2008 03:19 AM
RecipeGirl said...

Wow, even I can do this. What a wonderful idea to do neat decorations for cupcakes! I’m so bookmarking this for future cupcake experimenting!! Thanks for the great post :)

May 2, 2008 03:46 AM
Deanne said...

just found your blog and wow!!!
all your cupcakes are amazing, esp those flowers, i’ll be trawling through your blog now for ages, drooling.
will defo try some out x
thank you so much for sharing

May 2, 2008 08:50 AM
Skrapkaka said...

Is it possible? Sooo cute!

May 2, 2008 09:02 AM
Bakerella said...

RecipeGirl – Yeah you can.

Deanne – Welcome!

Skrapkaka – thanks.

May 2, 2008 03:17 PM
Tempered Woman said...

Those are so CUTE~ thanks so much for doing the step by step. I really love that. Excellent idea for Mother’s day cupcakes, now you’ve go my mind buzzing…hmmmm

May 2, 2008 03:47 PM
CB said...

You are so creative and inspiring. I love that you share your creations step-by-step. I am sure any mom would love them. :)

May 2, 2008 04:27 PM
Tracey in WA said...

FABULOUS!!!! My mind is in a whirl witht he possiblities for this!!! Just wish I had time to play, darn work keeps getting in my way!!! YOU ROCK!!!

May 2, 2008 05:24 PM
Suzyhomemaker said...

I LOVE them! Awesome!

May 2, 2008 05:28 PM
Bakerella said...

Tempered Woman – You’re welcome

CB – Thanks Clara!

Tracey in WA – Me too. There’s a lot you can do with this technique.

Suzyhomemaker – thanks!

May 2, 2008 05:53 PM
Kacey & Chris said...

Wow I love those! So cute!!

May 3, 2008 05:09 AM
Lisa said...

These are just amazingly adorable! Thanks so much for inspiring and sharing! I want to make these flowers and was wondering if you could melt the chocolates in the bottle or if you melt them and then transfer them? Can you please let me know? Thanks so much!

I made your fabulous mini cupcakes for many special occasions this week and they were very well received! So darn cute! My little flower cookie cutter was a little too large, though. Some fell down the stick! Still tasted good, though!

May 4, 2008 03:49 AM
Clare Anita said...

I am definately going to do the candy flowers,really sweet!!!

May 4, 2008 04:44 AM
Bakerella said...

Kacey & Chris – thanks

Lisa – I melted the chocolate first and then poured into the bottle. And I’d love to see a pic of your cupcakes if you have one. Also, you can try using the larger diameter lollipop sticks next time. That may help since you have the larger size cutter. And make sure the chocolate sets around the base of the stick, too.

Clare Anita – Hope they turn out great.

May 4, 2008 05:28 AM
jillytacy said...

These are very cute and you always make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing your talents and expertise with us!

May 4, 2008 01:53 PM
morgana said...

Congrats, again. You’re really creative and so talented…

May 4, 2008 08:57 PM
Kat said...

These are SO cute!! Great, now I HAVE to make them :)Where did you get your daisy templete? It’s perfect. You’re work is so inspirational. I can’t wait to try this.

May 5, 2008 08:55 AM
Mireia said...

This cupcakes are so cute! the frosting seems delicious!

sorry for my English I’m from Spain and I love your blog!

May 5, 2008 03:53 PM
Sweet Sins said...

You are brilliant… and amazing! this is a fab idea!! I just love it! What would I do without you!

May 5, 2008 07:00 PM
Erika said...

I love your cupcakes! I use this technique all the time on cakes and cupcakes. It is very whimiscal, super easy and people ooh and ahh!

Congrats on the Garfield website too!

May 5, 2008 08:39 PM
Jessica said...

Too cute! I am going to make this for a huge picnic with my in-laws on Mothers Day. There’s going to be 32 of us so I have my work cut out for me. Maybe the little ones don’t need such a fancy cupcake. Anyway, think I could draw that flower but just in case, where did you get it? Thanks!

May 6, 2008 01:00 AM
Bakerella said...

jillytacy – you are most welcome.

morgana – Thank you my friend

Kat – email me and I’ll send it to you.

Mireia – your english is fine and thanks.

Sweet Sins – you are too kind.

Erika – it was pretty fun I have to admit

Jessica – Be on the lookout. I emailed you a pdf.

May 6, 2008 02:31 AM
Anonymous said...

Just like what others said, you’re so creative. May I know which nozzle tip you used for the frosting? By the way, could you email me your daisy template? Thanks!

May 7, 2008 08:26 AM
Anonymous said...

Wow! Love the site, love the cupcake ideas but really LOVE the photography. Everything just really pops and as I look through your site, I’m making my list of all the things I need to buy at Michael’s.
Are the backgrounds you use just cute scrapbook paper or do you do something special in Photoshop?
Such talent!!

May 8, 2008 04:50 PM
Designtjejen said...

Wow.. this is so great! What a good idea!

May 8, 2008 09:07 PM
Bakerella said...

Anonymous _ it was 199 or 32 I think.

Anonymous – It’s scrapbook paper. And it’s very handy.

Designtjejen – thanks.

May 9, 2008 12:49 AM
Corinne said...

Hi Bakerella!

I wanted to let you know I loved your post and creativity. It was included in my “Mother’s Day Roundup” on the Celebrate with Style blog.

Check us out!

link to

May 9, 2008 08:30 PM
Kelsey said...

What a precious idea. I can’t wait to do this for the bridal shower I’m hosting! I might just do it for a baby shower, too!

May 11, 2008 05:28 AM
Dawn said...

I’ve been following your blog since December and check for new posts almost daily – brilliant ideas, lovely photography! I plan to make either these flower cupcakes OR the cupcake pops for my twins’ birthday party — both are so cute, I just can’t decide! Would it be asking too much for you to post the daisy design on your blog somewhere (or e-mail to me? I wish you much success and happiness! :)

May 12, 2008 05:09 PM
Bakerella said...

Corinne – I will. thanks.

Kelsey – they’d be cute for either.

Dawn – no problem. I’ll send it.

May 13, 2008 12:33 AM
Farah said...

Thank you for sharing the chocolate transfer method. I always wondered how to do so. And seeing you here, I think I might give it a try after all. Thanks a ton!

BTW..your creations are to die for. keep up the good work!

May 13, 2008 10:46 AM
Jenny said...

these are adorable. what a great idea! would it be possible for you to send me a pdf of the flower template as well? i’d like to make them for a shower this saturday. thanks!

May 13, 2008 10:37 PM
Bakerella said...

Farah – you’re welcome. They’re pretty easy and fun.

Jenny – will do.

May 13, 2008 11:28 PM
Jenny said...

Just wanted to let you know that I made a test batch of the flowers today and although they don’t look quite as perfect as yours, they came out adorable! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know these will be a big hit at the baby shower. :)

May 15, 2008 08:16 PM
Bakerella said...

Go Jenny!!!!!!

May 16, 2008 12:42 AM
Kristen said...

oh my goodness, i love the step by step for this! It makes me think I could actually do this! The flowers are beautiful.

May 19, 2008 01:37 PM
Keepin' up with the Jones' said...

I wanted to thank you for the cute idea with the flowers. I was making cupcakes for a baby shower i was throwing and these chocolate flowers were the perfect addition. I usually think tasks will be easy and they end up taking hours and turn out not very cute. Not these. They were easy, quick and they were the hit of the party. Thank you so much for the idea. Don’t worry however, I gave you full credit for the idea at the shower! I’m not sure people would have believed me if I had said I came up with the idea anyway since I have no creative bones in my body!! Thank you again. I love your blog.

May 19, 2008 03:46 PM
The Thomas' said...

Hello again! I made these “chocolate” flowers for a mother’s day cake I was making and they were a hit – and also super easy! Thanks for the idea!!

(Here’s a link to some pictures)

link to

May 20, 2008 10:51 PM
Bakerella said...

Kristen – sure you can do it.

Keepin’ up with the Jones’ – I’m glad they were a success.

The Thomas’ – I saw your cake. Looks yummy.

May 21, 2008 02:37 AM
Dawn said...

Hello again. Made a test batch last night and they were so cute! Kind of hard to pipe with the zip-lock bags, though. Where did you get your miniature squeeze bottles? I think those would be a lot easier and give more control. Thanks! Can’t wait to see your next creation — I’m sure it will as adorable as all the others!

May 21, 2008 09:29 PM
Bakerella said...

You can find them at craft stores.

Here’s an online store that sells them if you can’t find any.

link to

May 22, 2008 03:54 AM
Melissa :) said...

I found your amazing site from another blog.

I just want you to know I love you. LOLOLOL! :) :)

May 26, 2008 01:37 AM
Bakerella said...

Thanks Melissa and welcome!

May 27, 2008 02:38 AM
Mrs. K said...

i have to tell you i found your site last night and couldn’t even go to sleep because i so want to duplicate your ideas! i just started with my cupcake baking craze so thanks for feeding my addiction :)

June 26, 2008 11:58 AM
Bakerella said...

mrs. k – glad you enjoyed reading. Hope you make some fun stuff.

June 28, 2008 02:15 PM
dobetter said...

I just wanted to let you know I tried this technique to make R2-D2’s and it worked! Thanks so much! I would have never tried it without your blog and encouraging words.

July 6, 2008 08:33 PM
Bakerella said...

dobetter – that makes me feel so good. I’m glad you had fun.

July 7, 2008 03:04 AM
Mireia said...

they look great, I would like to know the recipe of the frosting it seems delicious!

I’m from Spain and here we don’t have cupcakes and baking is not a very usual hobby and trying to learn with your blog thanks for it!

November 28, 2008 11:27 AM
Bakerella said...

Here you go. It’s an easy one.

link to

December 1, 2008 12:21 AM
Terra said...

Bakerella, I have to tell you a little story and hope that you get a notice when you get a new comment, because this is an old post. (I just found your site the other day and am slowly making it through the archives.)

When I was just a wee tot (five years old) we made those plates-you know the ones where you got to draw on a circular sheet of paper and then it magically turned into a plate?

Anyway, I was still learning my letters and “W”s and “M”s were confusing to me, because one is basically just the flipped up version of the other.

So, I was asking my mom which was which. I distinctly remember saying to her, “Mom, is an M like this or like this?” drawing the M and W in the air. Well, as you can probably guess, I used the wrong letter.

To this day, there’s a plate hanging on the wall at my mom’s place that says, “WOW DAD”

Your cupcakes reminded me of that fun memory! :D Classic!

February 20, 2009 04:33 AM
mother's day flowers said...

That looks so yummy! I totally love idea and the way you combined the cupcake and candy flowers? Pretty impressive. :)


March 26, 2009 02:11 AM
Bakerella said...

Terra – cute, cute story

mother’s day flowers – thanks

March 27, 2009 01:30 AM
What A Dish! said...

Thanks for all of your great ideas- I just made these a few days ago for my daughters Daisy Girl Scout troop- they were perfect for that! I need to practice working with candy melts a little more to get them to look more like yours. ;)

April 2, 2009 12:27 PM
Bakerella said...

Glad you enjoyed it. These are pretty fun to do.

April 3, 2009 11:14 PM
wcfun217 said...

I had these at a shower and they were delic. Can you please send me the daisy template and do you have any hints/recipes on frosting? Mine never turns out so nice looking. You are amazing

April 8, 2009 07:01 PM
wcfun217 said...

i forgot my email address to get a copy of the daisy template/recipe:

April 8, 2009 11:55 PM
wcfun217 said...

I forgot my email address to get the flower template:


April 8, 2009 11:57 PM
Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog Bakerella!! Always full of surprises and inspirational posts!! Thanks, Thanks THANKS!!! :P
I was wondering if you could please email me the daisy template. Is it still available? My email address:
Thanks, Ana

April 11, 2009 01:13 AM
Bakerella said...

sure thing

April 11, 2009 04:14 PM
Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella:
Your blog is gorgeous. I have been so inspired for my daughter’s first birthday party! Is there anyway that you could email me the flower jpeg? Many thanks.

April 12, 2009 09:28 PM
Bakerella said...


April 23, 2009 12:28 AM
Britney said...

Hey Bakerella! LOVE your blog, you do some amazing stuff girl!

I’m also wanting the flower pdf. Could you please send it to me?


May 5, 2009 07:45 PM
Adela said...

May I also get a copy of the pdf as well, please? I’m very excited to try this! You blog is making me feel ambitious!!

adela_cheng (at) yahoo (dot) com


May 6, 2009 05:53 PM
RWG said...

Hi Bakerella! I am soooo inspired by your work. Your are very talented.

Could I trouble you for the daisy template for the candy flowers? I want to make them for mothers day this year. I know they’ll be a hit!

Thanks in advance :-)



May 8, 2009 08:27 PM
Anonymous said...


What tip did you use to do the frosting? Thanks!

May 12, 2009 10:31 AM
jenny said...

I am an new lurker on your site and I am in LOVE!!

I am hoping you still have the daisy pdf…if so, can you please send it my way? My email is


May 18, 2009 10:33 PM
Mari said...

OMG!!! You are terrific,wonderful and I just cannot find the word to describe you. I am so glad my sis recommended your sit I LOVE making creative stuff and you just inspire me even more!! THANKS AGAIN!!!:0)

June 7, 2009 04:43 AM
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