Pick your favorite recipe or box cake mix and bake. I made a delicious yellow cake recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
Step 2: Bake and Cool
Bake according to directions. After finished baking, cool completely.
Step 3: Prepare Icing
While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare icing and decorations. I used a homemade butter cream icing. One cup each of butter and crisco whipped together. When combined add powdered sugar one bag. If too stiff, add up to 2 TBS milk. (I did not need to make the icing this time because I had some left in the freezer from the last cake I made). When you have the icing made, add gel food coloring of your desired colors. I chose rose pink, royal blue and leaf green all made by Wilton. You will also want to chose your tips. All of the tips that I used were Wilton tips. pink tip #74 , blue tip #104, and green tip #352 (pink tip pictured is #18.)
Step 4: Making cupcake wrappers
I did not have any wrappers for my cupcakes, so I baked them without and then made some paper sleeves to set them in after they were decorated. I found a template for it here. I chose some scrapbook paper from my stash and went to work.
Step 5: Time to decorate
I chose a few of my favorite flower techniques to decorate the cupcakes. All of them are quick and turn out terrific results that will make people think you spent hours decorating them. Here are 2 video clips of how they are done.
Step 6: Finish product
If you have made the paper sleeves now is the time to slip your cupcakes into them and arrange for display (if not, then just display). I really enjoyed making these cupcakes for instructables, and I hope you enjoyed looking at it and that it inspires your next cupcake decorating adventure.