A step by step guide to creating a frightfully ghoulish Halloween cupcake bouquet centerpiece on the cheap.
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It is now my favorite time of year!
Fall? Pumpkin spice? Baking season? Well, yes to that last one but it is always baking season around here. If you haven’t grabbed your copy of my free baking conversion cheatsheet, now is the time to do it. Pretty soon all of those baking feels are going to hit you just before the holidays. Make sure you have the right measurements and can easily convert those favorite recipes.
It is Halloween season!
Yes, that means I am begging my LulaRoe Lady for leggings covered in bats, cats, skellies, and skulls. I am also hunting down all the best Halloween themed decor around town.
I always try to snag awesome Halloween finds on clearance after the holiday is over but I am telling you, those are some slim pickings.
This year I have decided to dress up my table decor with a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet!
In all honesty, I have been seeing these cupcake bouquets everywhere but had not had an appropriate occasion to create one until now. I think it will be a unique way to display the holiday treats and add to the overall creepy ambiance.
If you have seen the cupcake bouquets around town or across the internet, then you may know that small bouquets usually run upwards of fifty-five dollars or more. Crazy, right?
It isn’t crazy. When you purchase from a professional baker, you are purchasing their time and expertise. So often, art and especially food art is undervalued. Many potential customers will complain about pricing and suggest that they can get a cheaper product from a chain store.
Though I understand the plight of the baker I also understand what it is like to be on a budget. One of my greatest thrills is making twenty dollars look like sixty.
How do I do this?
One way to stretch my dollar is that I do a lot of DIY. Of course, there are some limitations to my abilities but I LOVE learning new skills along the way.
The second way I make that twenty dollars look like sixty is by shopping at the Dollar Tree. I can find a variety of products at a low price and love that I am not spending more than a buck.
Almost all of the materials used in this tutorial were purchased at the Dollar Tree.
A Halloween Bucket: There are several styles. Choose the one that best fits your party theme.
Three dry floral styrofoam blocks
A large knife
Two bags of colored crinkle cut paper shreds: I used one bag of black and one bag of purple. You can pick whichever colors best match your decor.
Colored tissue paper
One glow in the dark skull head
Halloween Cupcake Liners
Undecorated cupcakes refrigerated
Decorator’s Icing or your icing of choice
Food Dye to color the icing: I used red but again use what best fits your color scheme and decor.
How to Put It All Together
The cupcake bouquet is created to make cupcakes look like flowers coming out of a vase. Flowers have the benefit of stems to keep them standing upright. Cupcakes do not.
To keep our cupcakes vertical, we will need to attach them to the styrofoam.
Sizing the Styrofoam
Your bucket size and shape will determine how much of the styrofoam blocks you will need. The mouth of my bucket was quite wide so I need three styrofoam blocks to fill the space.
Place the styrofoam blocks side by side on a flat surface. Flip your bucket over so that the mouth is facing down and place on top of the styrofoam blocks. At this point, you can either draw or etch around the shape of the bucket to create an outline of where we will be cutting.
Move the bucket out of the way. Using a few toothpicks, connect the styrofoam blocks together. With a large knife, cut around the outline previously drawn. The styrofoam should be circular to match the mouth of the bucket. Troubleshoot to make sure styrofoam snuggly fits into the top of the bucket.
No one wants to have styrofoam on their cupcakes. Ew! Use the plastic wrap to completely wrap around the styrofoam. After wrapping the styrofoam in plastic wrap, I also wrapped it in colored tissue paper. This gives my bouquet a base color so the ugly green styrofoam is not showing. I used the Scotch tape to adhere the colored tissue paper to the bottom side of the styrofoam.
The Filling of the Bucket
If step one was troublesome, this is by far the easiest step of them all. Open the bags of crinkle cut paper and dump them into the bucket. Since I was using two colors I swirled them around a bit to mix the colors.
Place the covered styrofoam in the top of the bucket and push down until snug. You only want about an inch or so sticking out of the top of the bucket.
I created a decorative center for my bouquet by placing a skull head in the center and securing it in the styrofoam. Make sure to keep the skull a bit taller so it does not get in the way of the cupcakes.
Placing of the Cupcakes
The cupcakes work best when they have been refrigerated so they hold better on the toothpicks. We will start by placing the outer rim of cupcakes first and working our way to the center.
Place two toothpicks into the bottom of the cupcake about halfway. Using the toothpicks like prongs, stab them in at an angle into the styrofoam. If the toothpicks push through to the top of your cupcake, just push them back in with a gloved finger.
You do not want your cupcake to be perfectly perpendicular to the table because then your icing will want to slide right off. No one wants that!
Leave about an inch or so of space between each cupcake as you place them around the outside.
As filler and to add to our bouquet, I cut off a few sprigs from the Halloween roses and tucked them between each cupcake. The idea is to cover up the colored tissue paper base and to make the bouquet look full and beautiful. I tucked leaves and petals around the cupcakes to make sure they would not get in the way of icing.
Once the outer row is complete, then you place the inner row. I try to alternate my cupcakes so they look more like a natural bouquet. The inner row is placed similarly to the outer row. Fill in the spaces with sprigs of Halloween roses or leaves.
This is the time to get creative. You can stick leaves and sprigs throughout the bouquet. I love that the Dollar Tree Halloween Roses have little spiders attached. What a cute way to amp up the creepiness of this cute bouquet!
Icing the Cupcakes
This is the fun part! Now it is time to make those naked little cupcakes turn into beautiful flowers fit for your ghoulish bouquet.
To keep things easy, I decided to just do simple rosette flowers and only two colors. Depending on your bouquet and color choices, you can do as many color and flower combinations as you can dream up. I went with a simple white rose and a deep red rose color.
I find that using either a Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip or a Wilton 2D Decorating Tip creates the best rosettes.
Carefully swirl your icing onto each cupcake keeping the leaves out of your way. Alternate colors so the bouquet looks even and full.
To finish off this creep-tastic and yet beautiful Halloween Cupcake Bouquet, I had to add a few drops of blood!
I create edible blood with chocolate syrup and raspberry preserves to drip over the white roses. You can read more about this technique and other Halloween ideas in my Halloween Spooktacular Disaster.
Now, you have a display that will both wow and delight all of your guests.
The best part about this edible arrangement? You didn’t have to spend lots of money to achieve such tasty results. Just remember to shop the Dollar Tree Online to get all your party decor and more.
Let Me Know
As we prepare for Halloween, I want to know how you decorate. Will you be making one of these Halloween Cupcake Bouquets? Will you be throwing a party or taking the kiddos trick-or-treating? Let me know in the comments below!
Today, we are making life taste sweeter with the Dollar Tree.