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Bring May Flowers
If you think you need to be a pastry chef to create these little beauties, think again. Simply top frosted cupcakes with a small garden’s worth of cut-up candies in an artful arrangement. Serve your blooms at parties, bake sales, brunches -- even on Mother’s Day. Everyone will love eating them petal by petal before biting into the cake underneath.
Use your favorite cupcake recipe or make these Butter Cupcakes as the base.
Frost them with this Simple Buttercream, then you're ready to decorate.
Click through for how to snip, shape, and swirl candies into sweet blooms.
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Ombré Merluza Dahlia
Slice Haribo Sour Peaches, then arrange on frosted cupcake, fanning out from center.
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Simple White Daisy
Snip a Bumplettes Tutti Frutti Beaded gumdrop in half; place in center of cupcake, cut-side up. Surround with mini-marshmallow-slice petals, cut-side up.
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Red-and-Yellow Garden Rose
Cut Haribo Sour Peaches in half horizontally, then slice crosswise. Working from outside in, push pieces into frosting at an angle so they stand up, overlapping slightly.
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Place a Jelly Belly Champagne Bubbles gumdrop in center. Cut Haribo Pink Grapefruit pieces in half horizontally; slice off one tip. Arrange around gumdrop.
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Classic Red Rose
Cut a 20-inch strip of Sour Power Strawberry Candy Belt lengthwise into a wavy line. Starting from center, swirl around top.
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Sour White Spider Mum
Snip a Jelly Belly Raspberry gumdrop in half; place in center of cupcake, cut-side up. Thinly slice Haribo White Grapefruit pieces, then snip in half. Arrange slices around gumdrop, cut-side up.
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Twist a 10-inch strip of Sour Power Pink Lemonade Candy Belt. Starting from center, twirl around top.
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Snip a Jelly Belly Champagne Bubbles gumdrop in half; place in center of cupcake, cut-side down. Poke thin slices of Haribo Pink Grapefruit pieces into frosting so they stand up.
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Snip Ferrara Gummy Rings in half and arrange on top.
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Snip a Jelly Belly Champagne Bubbles gumdrop in half; place in center of cupcake, cut-side down. Snip 5 Bumplettes Tutti Frutti Beaded gumdrops in half; arrange around center, cut-side down.
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Working from outer edge in, arrange thinly sliced Sour Patch Cherries in a circular pattern.