Frosting Cupcakes to Look Like Flowers: A Mother’s Day Tip from the Culinary Institute of America

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Spring has arrived, with the glorious gifts of daffodils, tulips, irises, and hyacinths. Chef Dianne Rossomando of The Culinary Institute of America has a great suggestion for celebrating spring and summer— frosting cupcakes to look like flowers can create a beautiful “bouquet.” Bring all the wonderful colors of the garden together in a centerpiece for your dessert table, or present the bouquet as a gift for someone special.

Chef Rossomando used recipes adapted from the Baking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America cookbook for both the cupcakes and the buttercream frosting. However, if you are pressed for time, the chef suggests using a box cake mix to prepare your cupcakes and making frosting using the simple recipe on the box of confectioners’ sugar.

Frosting your cupcakes to look like flowers—such as Chef Rossomando’s sunflowers, zinnias, and chrysanthemums—is easy when you use a pastry bag and a special “leaf” piping tip that you can find at most kitchen and craft stores. To create a two-tone effect that mimics the looks of flowers in your garden, alternate two complementary colored frostings side by side in a piping bag.

Don’t worry if they’re not perfect. Everyone will love them just because you made them.

For a brief step-by-step video on how to pipe the icing onto your cupcakes to create the perfect bouquet, watch the video now!

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The Culinary Institute of America is the World's Premier Culinary College. The CIA's main campus in Hyde Park, NY is home to four restaurants. The college offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts and bachelor's degrees in culinary arts management, baking and pastry arts management, and culinary science. Programs for food enthusiasts ranging from one to five days are offered throughout the year.

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