Hydrangea Cupcakes

Hydrangea bushes are in full bloom all over my neighborhood right now.  I love all varieties of hydrangeas, but my favorite is this traditional shaped, blue-purple color.  I picked a few this weekend and brought them inside as inspiration for cupcakes.  I’ve seen cupcakes that resembled hydrangea flowers before, but I’ve never given it a try.  It was much easier than I’d imagined and I was very happy with the results!

Hydrangea Cupcakes

~ Directions ~

I made a batch of my favorite chocolate cupcakes and delicious vanilla cream cheese frosting.  Then I colored half of the frosting blue, and half purple (mixing a few shades of blues and purples to get a good color match to the real hydrangeas).  When making the frosting, use very little cream (less than 1 tablespoon), because the coloring will add some liquid, and you need the frosting to be pretty stiff to hold a nice shape.

If you’d like to match other hydrangeas, you could certainly use other color options, like light blue and medium blue, or two shades of pink.  But I do think that frosting these with two colors (instead of just one) really added to the effect.

I filled my piping bag with the two colors of frosting, side by side.  Once your bag is filled (1/2 to 2/3 full), you may want to just squeeze some frosting into a bowl, until you see both colors coming out.

Then, using a Wilton 2D tip (a large closed star tip), I piped large, loose star shapes around the edge of the cupcake, and then filled in the center.  If the frosting starts getting too soft (no longer holds a nice shape), then put the whole bag of frosting in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to let the frosting to firm up a bit.

Now I want to plan a pretty tea party just so I can make these again!

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265 Responses to “Hydrangea Cupcakes”

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    Kim - The TomKat Studio — July 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, Glory! Hydrageas are my favorite flower! Great tips, I would love to try this techinque out!

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    casey aubut — July 5, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    wow! Those look amazing!!

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    Yael — July 5, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Those cupcakes are just gorgeous!Actually looks like you placed real flowers on top!

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    MommyTopics.com — July 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    These cupcakes are beautiful. Wow!!! I love these!!! Great job.

    Blessings

    Rachymommy – MommyTopics.com

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    Karyn — July 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Absolutely beautiful results. I am going to give it a try, only wish I had the hydrangeas !
    Karyn x

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    Alison — July 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Those are just BEAUTIFUL! I will HAVE to try these!! :) Love em!

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    daisy daydreams — July 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Never in a million years would I be able to produce anything to pretty. Such beautiful colours. Amanda….xx

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    Pink Martini — July 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Superb! :)

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    Limar — July 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    These cupcakes are beautiful!! Will try your tip, thank you :)

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    FireintheBreeze — July 6, 2010 at 12:07 am

    breathtaking, absolutely beautiful and professional cupcakes!

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    giozi — July 6, 2010 at 12:40 am

    OHHHH they are beautiful

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    Sugar Siren — July 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Really beautiful

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    D — July 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

    They are so sweet and very impressive! I would love to try them too. Maybe this weekend!

    Thank you for the post, it is fantatsic.

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    Amy — July 6, 2010 at 3:32 am

    These are gorgeous! I just want to stare at them. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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    Kiwi Cakes — July 6, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Beyond stunning, I adore them. The photos are magical!

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    Amore Chocolateria - Mila — July 6, 2010 at 4:02 am

    So beautiful!! Wonderful!

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    staci @ lizard n ladybug — July 6, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Gorgeous…just gorgeous!

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    Whimsy Cookie Co. — July 6, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Ohhhh..These are just beautiful!! The colors are perfect!!

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    batson44 — July 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Hi Glory, we've never met in the blog world I'm Starla. I'm so facinated with your work, I love throwing parties also and decorating. You are so creative. I was wanted to ask I see that the cupcake is flat, did you cut off the top or do they end of that way after baking? Your site is sooooo cool, very nice indeed!!!!

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    hanacakes — July 6, 2010 at 6:11 am

    gorgeous!!! i love how the colors turned out. i love hydrangeas and these cupcakes are perfect!

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    Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts — July 6, 2010 at 6:35 am

    These are gorgeous!!!

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    Samantha — July 6, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I love hydrangeas! Those cupcakes are gorgeous! I thought that is how they would be made! :) Great job!

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    Baa Baa Cupcake — July 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

    absolutely beautiful!!

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    Destini — July 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous Glory!

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    Shaun, Kylie, Mia & Thomas — July 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

    These are so gorgeous Glory! I adore hydrangeas and you've got the colours and look just right.
    Thank you for sharing how you made them :)

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    Heather — July 6, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Fantastic! My future sis-in-law is using hydrangea in her wedding. I can't wait to make these for her.

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    Paula — July 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Absolutely Stunning!

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    One of Ottawa's Real Foodies — July 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I just licked my screen. Thank you for that! Your hydrangea cupcakes are out of this world.

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    Becki D — July 6, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Totally gorgeous!!

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    Anonymous — July 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Hi Glory really pretty cupcakes, they really do look like Hydrangeas, from that family in Marysville

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    Anonymous — July 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Real, real pretty

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    Sherrie — July 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Those are gorgeous!

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    Rachel — July 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    These are beautiful! Lovely idea. :o)

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    BigBearswife — July 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

    just beautiful!

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    Terrell — July 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Oh
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    Those are amazing!!! I love hydrangeas and cupcakes! what a wonderful combo :)
    Have a great day!!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

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    Gabby — July 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    So pretty! I love to make these! Hydrangeas have been my favorite foreverrrr (because it takes just one bunch to fill an arrangement, lol).

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    Andrea — July 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Those are beautiful! What a great idea! Definitely going to need to make some of my own!

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    Brittany — July 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I was really skeptical when I first saw these, but as I read on, your tutorial makes them look so easy! But the finished product looks so NOT easy to make!! I love it!! Thanks for the tutorial! I'll be featuring it on my blog this month. :) little-inspirations.blogspot.com

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    Marymary — July 6, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Increible! parecen autencicas hortensias! te felicito!
    Un beso!

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    Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! — July 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I LOVE these! Thanks for sharing this beautiful and YUMMY idea! :)

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    Gretta — July 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

    These are amazing and so incredibly beautiful. Great job & I am definitely going to try this!

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    Jen @ Passion-for-Parties.com — July 6, 2010 at 11:51 am

    These look amazing! The use of two colors gives them such a "real" appearance! Hydrangeas are my fave…I'm definitely going to have to give this a try! In the meantime, I'm heading over to my website's FB page to share your link! :)

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    Maranda — July 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love them! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Momza — July 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Prettiest cupcakes I've ever seen!!

    Well done!

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    Simone — July 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    glory, i can't believe you did Hydrangea-cuppies! i'm in charge for my sister's wedding cake/cupcakes in august, and i SO wanted to decorate them with real Hydrangeas. but i read that they aren't eadible at all… and i don't want the cake to be not eadible any more when it got in contact with the flowers ;)
    now: your post!!!! THANKS so much! i'm not very experienced with using tips yet (that's why this weddingcake-thing is quite a challenge for me!), so i hope it's gonna work as easy in my kitchen as it did in yours… but if my Hydrangeas turn out half as beautiful as yours, i'm fine ;)
    sunny greetings from hamburg, germany!

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    Maria @ MKR Creations — July 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    WOW! Thank you for the tip! They are adorable!!!

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    Kelly — July 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Wow, those are beautiful cupcakes! Glory I was wondering do you have a go to white cupcake recipe? If so and you don't mind sharing I would love to find one.

    Thanks!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — July 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, thanks so much for each of your lovely comments!!

    batson44- The cupcakes are just slighly domed, and that's just the way they bake up. The recipe is on the blog as well. Sometimes they have a slightly larger dome, but never quite as much as with a box mix.

    Brittany- I'd love you to share these with your readers, as long as you don't re-post my whole post. Please send me a link when you have it up. Thanks!

    Jen (Passion for Parties)- Thanks for linking to me!

    Kelly- I don't have a "white" cake recipe, but I'm working on perfecting a vanilla cake recipe that is quite good. I will be posting it, but I'm exactly sure when yet. Thanks!

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    Ana Hopkins — July 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    These are gorgeous! I wish I had an excuse to whip up a batch some time soon! Thanks for sharing! You are amazing!

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    Huma — July 6, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    you have outdone yourself glory! hydrangeas are my most favorite flower, i havn't attempted anything like this. just beautifuL!

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    COCINA DE COLOR LILA — July 7, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Preciosos!!!

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    Darsi — July 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Those cupcakes are fabulous!!

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    Amy and Family — July 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Wow… these are so gorgeous!!! I keep coming back to your site to stare at them. My mom would LOVE these for her birthday or something! I've got to start practicing!

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    Amy and Family — July 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Oh and if you plan a pretty little tea party I will come!

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    Meredith — July 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    those are SO beautiful! Thanks so much for your kind words on my little blog. I'm glad you liked the pink/green shower, it was a lot of fun to work on.

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    Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional — July 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Hydrangeas are my FAVORITE and these are BEAUTIFUL!

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    Carolina Montoya — July 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    love these!! super beautiful :D

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    Dawn-Hydrangea Home — July 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

    These are so gorgeous! My favorite flower (obviously)! Have a great day. I need to try these.

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    betchacanteatjustone — July 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    These are so SO Gorgeous!
    I will need to give these a try one day :)

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    jackie fo — July 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous – they are my favorite flower…amazing job!

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    Buttercream — July 9, 2010 at 2:33 am

    pretty cupcakes and another fabulous idea from Gloria's treats. So inspirational. Thank you.

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    Sweetly Sweet — July 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Just beautiful, thanks for the tutorial!

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    Teri Sorensen — July 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Hi Glory, this is my first time checking out your blog. The hydrangea cupcakes are absolutely beautiful!! I can't wait to look at all your other goodies!! We have a friend in common, Shelly, and I actually met you at her luau last Summer. You are incredibly talented.

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    sissou — July 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    absolutely gorgeous, Looks like real flowers, it's really amazing ! such great idea !

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    Joy Adams — July 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Glory, These are so beautiful. I think these have made it into my top all-time favorates. Wow, all I can say is wow.

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    Amanda — July 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

    OMG these are GORGEOUS! I just submitted these to Stumble Upon, fabulous!

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    Maria — July 11, 2010 at 8:18 am

    The prettiest cupcakes ever. Stumbled!

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    Makiko Jones — July 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

    So beautiful!! I'm not a baker but I appreciate you for sharing this amazing talent! I'm so inspired…

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    My Fimo Kitchen — July 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

    So simple and so beautiful!!!Brilliant idea, thank you for sharing ….

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    Nicole — July 11, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Glory, these cupcakes are amazing! I would love to try these out – thank you for posting these. Gorgeous as usual! :)

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    corrin — July 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    oh my gosh – too pretty to eat!

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    Shelby — July 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    These are BEAUTIFUL!!!

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    Pitter Patter Creations — July 12, 2010 at 4:33 am

    These are absolutely beautiful cupcakes!

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    Florence — July 12, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I've only just found your blog and am completely bowled over…absolutely amazing. The hydrangea cakes are beautiful…I don't think I'm capable of even attempting them…but I've sent a link to this post to my husband in the hope that he might have a go.

    Florence x

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    Die Cut Diva — July 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    These cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous.
    Terry – http://www.diecutdiva.com

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    Schuyler Levin — July 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    These are magnificent! They should be in a magazine. Thanks for sharing!

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    sugar house — July 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    !!!!!!!WOW que BELLAS!!!!!!!
    Estan super lindas, son mis flores preferidas, Felicidades!!!!

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    Sue Sparks — July 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    They sure look like the real thing, but the taste better! Beautiful!

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    Rachel@oneprettything.com — July 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

    WOW- these are stunning! Hydrangeas are my favorite. I just clicked over from Craft Gossip and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

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    Clair @ wedding-inspiration.com — July 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Oh my word – these are the prettiest cupcakes ever!

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    Clorissa — July 15, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I am visiting by way of One Pretty Thing.

    These cupcakes are stunning…just beautiful. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, so I am going to make some of these….might be too pretty to eat though….hmm. No I am sure I will be alble to eat them!

    Thanks for sharing how to make these!

    Clorissa

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    Eva — July 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Oh WOW these look awesome! Too lovely to eat! Or at least, worthy of several long photoshoots first. ;)

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    Tina — July 15, 2010 at 7:48 am

    These are so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing and showing that they can be so easy to make. My daughter and I want to make some today!

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    Kendra@My Insanity — July 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    These look So beautiful! Thanks for the how-to!

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    baby cat — July 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    These are so pretty. I cannot believe how easy it actually is! I love how you used the different shades of purple and blue- that really did make them look extremely realistic.

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    CuteStuffInside — July 16, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Oooooo!

    S.W.A.K.

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    Terry — July 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    What beautiful cupcakes you've made and it makes me so hungry for one! I'll definitely be making some of these very soon!

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    Tilly — July 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

    These are so beautiful, I can't get over them!

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    HoosierHomemade — July 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Gorgeous! I love how you combined the colors, and your presentation is perfect with the hydrangeas!
    I'd love for you to join in the fun at Cupcake Tuesday!
    http://hoosierhomemade.com
    ~Liz

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    Sithean — July 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    This is gorgeous. Bless you for taking the time to post this wonderful tutorial! Thank you! Blue and purple are my two favorite colors, and I love this type of flower. That little pink butterfly is also the perfect touch. Gorgeous. =)

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    citygirl - Stacey — July 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Those cupcakes are absolutely beautiful!! Love hydrangeas!

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    Bridgett — July 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    These are absolutely stunning. Just perfect and your photography is incredible as well. What a gorgeous blog you have.

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    simplysandi — July 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    These are delightful. Found you on Cupcakes Take the Cake.. and I'm now a new follower!

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    Mari — July 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    This is beautiful!!! the hydrangea is my favorite flower. Your cupcakes flower came out perfectly right shade of blue.

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    Karen — July 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    These are so pretty!

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    Tami (Pixeltrash) — July 23, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I love hydrageas and knew right away what they were, so I'm going to make these for sure!

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    Barbara H. — July 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    These are just gorgeous.

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    Di — July 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    These are just so pretty. I'm going to buy myself a 2D tip TODAY!!!!!!!!! I have a girlfriend who absolutely adores hydrangeas – I can't wait to make them for her!

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    Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear — July 26, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Astoundingly beautiful!

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    breanna — July 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    oh wow!! these are by far the prettiest cupcakes that i have ever seen!!!

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    Alicia — July 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hello, I found this post through Cupcakes Take the Cake and was blown away by these beautiful cupcakes! I love hydrangeas and will have to try these sometime. :)

    Keep up the good work!

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    Isabel — August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Just stopping by to say hello. This is the first time I visit your blog and I love it. these cupcakes look amazing. I grew up in the Azores, where we're surrounded by hydrangeas and your cupcakes look amazingly real. Feel free to check out my blog, it's not a pretty as yours, it's still a work in progress. Also, could you tell me where to find the tags that you put on the candy jars for the candy tables, I just planned my son's first birthday party and printed out regular cards and cut out to give it a little shape, because I didn't know where to get the tags.

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    Bel — August 5, 2010 at 2:24 am

    These are SO beautiful, I am a first timer to your blog but will definitley be back. Can't wait to make a batch of these myself ;)

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    RA — August 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    How wonderful of you to share your frosting technique, including the numbered tip that you used, along with pictures of the frosting. That is very nice of you, and most bloggers don't share that.

    I can't wait to give it a try! Like the numerous posts you've received, they are beautiful and your recipes are fantastic.

    Question: You said to start at the outer and it seems to be just a piping of the star, side by side, and then into the middle. Do I then start to add another tier?

    R

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    kotomi — August 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hi! My friend just sent me a link to this post — can't believe I hadn't known about your blog sooner. i LOVE this. the colors are beautiful and I've never seen anyone do something like this before! kudos!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — August 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    To RA-
    Yes, just pipe a star shape all the way around the edge and then fill in the center. If your cupcake has a slight dome to the top, you may only need one layer, but it's up to you if you want to add a bit extra.

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    Beth — August 25, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Stunning!!! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, I can't wait to try this for myself!!

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    Rosmarina — September 1, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I am just STUNNED! They are simply wonderful. Really nice idea. I absolutely have to improve my piping skills :P I posted cupcakes two days ago, but yours are far far away prettier. http://rosmarina90.blogspot.com/2010/08/torna-rosmarina-tiramisu-cupcakes.html

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    Monica — September 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    They are soooo pretty and easy to do. I tried them out following your instructions and was very happy with the results! Thank you for sharing this! Your blog is amazing!

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    Maria Alek — September 13, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Oh my God.. I saw your work or maby bether to say art yesterday, but I didn't leave any comment becouse it would have been just some nonsens. I was so amazed by your work.. I was just sitting and admiring each cupcake and cookie I saw. They are amazing, made with such care, patience and love.

    I think you got a new fan. :D

    Good luck with your work and keep posting it. Glory, you are a huge inspiration!

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    busma — October 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

    wow… these cupcakes are really really beautiful. Purple-blue Hydrangeas are my favorite colour and flower and I just absolutely LOVE them!! I SO wish I can have them!!!

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    HiLLjO — December 29, 2010 at 5:20 am

    WOW! These are great! Imagine these exact cupcakes in mini terra cotta pots or cupcake liners that look like little pots! :oO

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    Anonymous — January 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    gorgeous! What color did you use for the frosting?
    pearse

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — January 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    @Pearse- I combined a couple different blues and purples (sky blue, regal purple, violet). I use Americolor gels.

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    A.S.A.P. ~ As Southern As Possible — January 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Glory – first time on your blog and absolutely adore these hydrangea cupcakes! love your party ideas and thank you for a wonderful blog to browse :)

    Brittany

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    Brandy — February 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    These are gorgeous and are my inspiration for my Easter tablescape. I hope mine turn out just as beautiful.

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    Anonymous — March 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I never make comments on blogs, but I just had to this time. These are the prettiest cupcakes I have ever seen. Nice job.

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    marla — March 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Gosh are you talented!! Just popped over from i am baker to check out your cupcakes. You are such an inspiration!

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    JJ's Custom Cakery — March 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Wow…this is my first time reading your blog and you have done some amazing work! I am making a hydrangea wedding cake this summer, and I am SO appreciative of your tips! I'll be coming back to read again soon :)

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    Jacqueline — April 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    What a great idea! Found these on pinterest and now I can't wait to make them!

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    Shore Girl — April 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

    These are GORGEOUS!! I'll be linking to them on my "walk around blog land" this Wednesday!

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    Hilary Nicole — April 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

    The cupcakes are too pretty to eat, but chocolate cannot be passed up! I will have to attempt to make these soon!

    XO Hilary Nicole
    http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

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    Caddy — April 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Those cupcakes look great, they look intricate and delicate to make but your instructions and pictures make is seem so doable. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    BrettW. — April 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Awesome creation! Nature is so inspiring.

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    Annie — April 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    ACK! These are so lovely! I love hydrangeas…wish I could have seen these for my wedding day.

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    Olga — April 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    HI GLORY IS AMAZING THE LIKE WITH FLOWERS HYDRAGEAS, ARE BEAUTIFUL, BUT I CANT FIND IN YOUR BLOG THE RECIPE OF THE VANILLA CAKE DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND THESE SAME TO BE FILLED WITH LEMON? CAN YO PLEASE SEND ME THE RECIPE OF THIS CAKE?
    REGARDS
    OLGA

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    Kirstina — April 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I love the cupcakes…I hope that goes without saying at this point in the comments! lol But I also LOVE the detail of the little butterfly! Any chance you can tell me how he was created?? Thank you and beautiful work!!! :)

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    Jennifer (Delicieux) — May 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, these have to be the most beautiful cupcakes I've seen! They look exactly like hydrangeas. I love how you used the two colours. Absolutely stunning!

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    Linda @ Lemon Drop — May 5, 2011 at 5:36 am

    absolute perfection !

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    Lena — May 5, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Wow, those are the most beautiful cupcakes I've ever seen! And they look like real flowers. Superb!

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    SweetmakemeSmile — May 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I love this flower "Hydrangea" so much but i love your "hydrangea cupcakes" even MORE!!! So beautiful ^^

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    Gwenevere — May 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

    What a beautiful spring treat!

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    Crissie — May 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Stunning. I can't wait to try!

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    Medifast Coupons — May 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    How pretty, did you ever get the color right.

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    Julie — May 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

    These are stunning!! I'm going to give them a go! thanks!!

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    ThatsHowIRoll — May 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Goodness, so absolutely phenomenal! Love, love the colors, those are a perfect treat for Spring and I bet any mom would love to receive that for Mother's Day.

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    Epicurean Mom — May 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Wow!! I'm making these for my daughters 1st bday! Please check out my blog http://www.epicureanmom.com. You'll love it!

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    ButterYum — May 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh my – your cupcakes are simply SPECTACULAR!!!!!! And so easy, no less. I honestly couldn't tell from the foodgawker photo how you made the hydrangea blooms – looks much more complicated than it really is. Excellent!!

    :)
    ButterYum

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    Babs — May 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Just made these :) They did not turn out as lovely as yours (did while had a massive migraine). I used my gluten free cupcakes though, just your frosting idea. I linked to your blog, so hopefully more people see it :)

    http://glutenfreebybabs.blogspot.com/2011/05/happy-mothers-day-gluten-free-chocolate.html

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    Malli — May 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Wow.Incredibly Beautiful…. looks like hydrangea blooms were placed on the cupcakes…
    Kudos to your talent!!

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    finnyme — May 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these cakes!! I just tried to do these myself, and even though they don't look as pretty as yours…I am pretty happy with how they turned out. Please check them out if you have time.
    http://briannasbakingblog.blogspot.com/

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    jeri lynn — June 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    So, so pretty…I'd like to try them. And your recipes too! :)

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    Bianca — July 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

    wow, wow, wow. I love it, so beautiful, so clever. Thank you so much for the idea!!

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    sweetpeaskitchen.com — July 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! Wow! :)

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    Bell — July 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Just found your blog. These are beautiful, as, it seems, are ALL your creations. Can't wait to try them out! I think I'm going to be a regular visitor here!

    Thanks!

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    Cheryl — July 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

    OOOOH these are amazing!!! WOW!!!

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    HELENA GASPARETTO — July 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

    AMANZINGLY beautiful and colorful!!
    Your Blog is outstanding, COngrats!!

    I invite you all to visit my Blog (Brazil):
    http://www.helenagasparetto.com.br

    Best.
    Helena Gasparetto

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    The Sweet Life - La Dolce Vita — July 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Very nice! So creative and looks yummy!

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    The Cilantropist — July 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I can't believe how simple these are to make, and I adore hydrangeas. The blue-purple are my favorite color too! Thanks so much for sharing this method, I will definitely be trying it!

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    Amanda O — August 5, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I saw these on Pinterest, and just have to say…WOW! You are so talented and these are stunningly beautiful.

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    Hydrangea Girl — August 8, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Oh I need these! Those cupcakes are to die for.

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    Erin @ His and Hers — August 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! They look so much like the real deal! Nicely done. :)

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    Anonymous — August 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hi Glory

    I was so inspired by your beautiful cupcakes and spent days finding the right tip, followed your instuctions to the T but oh dear, my chocolate cupcakes boiled over the edge. I tried them again, filling the lining only halfway, but it happened again. What a mess and disappointment. May be the baking soda and powder are too much. I loved your precise instructions and the fact that it is an oil based recipe, so clever to pour it in the containers and it is so quick and easy. It is such a pity that the cupcakes are a flop!!

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    momentaryhappiness — August 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Amazing! I was given that piping tip for my birthday last year and still haven't used it! Will be making these for my birthday next week!

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    Rebecca — September 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I can't believe these beautiful cupcakes are so simple! I have some cupcakes to make this week, and I've been looking for a beautiful flower idea. This is it!

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    KayleighAnn — September 12, 2011 at 5:30 am

    The MOST beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen!

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    Laura @ GotChocolate — September 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

    WOW, these have to be the most beautiful cupcakes I've ever seen! What I wouldn't give to stick my tongue in that frosting! YUM!!!

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    Mandy — September 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    You are so talented! I'm absolutely in awe. I shall have to try this technique soon! Thanks so much for the wonderful post. :) xx

    http://frocksandotherfrivolities.blogspot.com

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    betty in munich — October 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Inspired by your post my friend Barbara & I made these cupcakes for our friend's wedding. Here flowers were of course Hydrangeas. Pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150324819316689.341746.552351688&l;=a7ce08d062&type;=1

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — October 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    These cupcakes are gorgeous!! I love hydrangeas, I can't wait for spring to throw a party just for an excuse to make these. Your photos are beautiful too!

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    Madison — November 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    These are so lovely!!

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    inma — December 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Realmente preciosos!!!!!

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    Barbara — January 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

    These are beautiful! They remind me of Cupcake Cafe in NYC!

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    Kira =] — February 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    These are so lovely! That coloring of hydrangeas is my favorite, too! They were even the inspiration for my wedding colors.

    Now I will have to try and make these! And you're right, they would be perfect for a tea social. Complete with hats & gloves! =]

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    PartyDiva Jane — February 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Can't wait to try this…so pretty. Found you on Pinterest…follow me and I'll follow you for sure!

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    Ann — February 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you so much, Glory. I practiced making these today, in anticipation of a girlfriend's birthday celebration next week, and your instructions were perfect!

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    Lady Jennie — February 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I followed this here from a Pin. You have a gift. Seriously gorgeous!

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    Virginie / Cupcakes et Citronnade — March 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hi, I just wanna say one thing : your cupcakes are the most beautiful I never seen ! Seriously, hydrangea (hortensia in french) are my favourite flowers so I really love your icing <3

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    Ciao Chow Linda — March 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    It's already been said, but I have to add my astonishment at the beauty of these cupcakes. I grow hydrangeas so can't wait to make these when mine are in bloom.

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    Ale — March 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The cupcakes look delicious, your blog is amazing, I love it.

    http://miscachitos.blogspot.com/

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    Anonymous — March 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Very nice decoration :)
    Lucía

    http://www.sevillaneando.wordpress.com

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    Rhiannon — March 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I made these today and they came out so beautiful! Do you think it would work with swiss meringue buttercream?

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    Wedding Belle Favors — March 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Just keep coming back to these again and again when people needs ideas for purple cupcakes!

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    Nadia — March 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Wow!!! just found your blog,and I really love it,It's really nice.the cupcakes are gorgeous.can't wait to make them.
    -Nadia
    http://delightsofculinaria.blogspot.com/

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    Jenn — March 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    So beautiful. I absolutely LOVE hydrangeas and the color periwinkle. Awesome job. Going to check out the rest of your blog now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Muddy — March 31, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Truly beautiful and creative! But I wouldn't recommend decorating the plate or the cupcakes with real hydrangeas, as they are poisonous, and you never know when someone might think their presence on the plate means it's okay to eat them.

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    Dana — April 10, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Your cupcakes are beautiful! I appreciate learning how to make the two colors (so simple when I see your photo!). I made these this weekend and they were lovely. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Melissa — April 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for the great idea!! I used this idea to do pink and blue ones for a new baby party and they turned out so great!!

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    Safia M — April 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    This recipe is fabulous, I’m really glad you posted this. I had a bridal shower to attend and wasn’t sure what to bring, until I found this. I just so happen to know the brides favorite flowers are hydrangeas so this would be just perfect. Thanks again :)

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    Sue Lelli — April 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Glory, my friend sent me the link to this post because I am a card maker and the most FAV card I make, according to my friends, has a hydrangea on it. So I am now totally in LOVE with your GORGEOUS cupcakes. So amazing of you to share the recipe. LOVE LOVE LOVE how pretty they are! Thanks!

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    Anonymous — April 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I made these for my daughter's baby shower. I used the frosting recipe and our guests raved about it. I decorated the cupcakes on a rainy day and I think I may have used more cream than necessary for the frosting because it wasn't as stiff as it should have been, but I kept putting it back in the refrigerator and that helped. They were beautiful and delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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    Christie — April 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I love this idea, esp because it reminds me of my Nan, who would place real hydrangea flowers on top of her home-made sponge cakes! I'm definately going to be giving this a go! Thanks or sharing xo

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    jimjenhegs — May 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    OMG, These are beautiful! I'm trying them tomorrow!!
    Love your site~!!Thanks. Jennifer

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    Vintage Rose — May 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Absolutely love…..I am definitely going to try to make these for Mother's Day! thank you for the beautiful inspiration and directions.

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    Anonymous — May 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    comment from France, this is magnificent. no need more words.
    thank you

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    Anonymous — May 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I bookmarked this ages ago, and made them for *my* Mother's gift to my adult kids this year. I used ivory and antique rose color combination, and bright green wrappers. They were stunning!!! And so easy, with your inspired directions! I had been intimidated, but so glad I tried them! They are a new family tradition. Thanks soooo much!

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    Bianca — June 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Those are just the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen!!!

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    jamie @ green beans & grapefruit — June 25, 2012 at 5:23 am

    These are absolutely stunning. (and made me smile)

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    Maddie — June 26, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Wow these cupcakes look amazing! And I love your whole blog! Please check out my blog: http://sweeetcooker.blogspot.com/
    I was also wondering if you wouldn’t mind mentioning me on your blog? If you want I could mention you on my blog as well. It would me a lot to me because I don’t have many followers or supporters.
    Thank you, Maddie

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    cici — June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    OMG! You have such a terrific eye for color!! How did you get the color of the frosting to match almost exactly?! I wish I had your talent :-)

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    Rebecca Blankstein — July 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    you are so creative and special to share them with us, I would love to make them !! Thanks for inspiring me.

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    Hanunyah Fish — July 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    So. Pretty!

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    Sara — July 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, I just came across your blog and I just LOVE it. I do have one question, I was searching for Wilton 2D tip as you mentioned, however that is not the closed star tip, it is drop flower tip. Can you please let me know which one if fact I need to get? Thank you so much

    • Glory replied: — July 11th, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

      Hi Sara,
      The tip I used is a 2D, just as I listed in the post. The tip can be used for drop flowers… technically, that’s exactly what I’m doing on the cupcakes. This style of tip is also considered a closed star, because the edges of the tip curve in a bit.

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    Paula — July 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Stunning! Simple …stunning! Thanks for the instructions! Maybe even a novice good pull it off.

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    Sara — July 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I appreciate your reply Glory. Thank you so much. I do have one more question for you, I want to make a cake from your vanilla cupcake recipe, in order to make a cake in a 16″ square pan, how much of your recipe do you recommend me using?

    • Glory replied: — July 24th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

      Sara- I have never baked a cake in such a huge pan as 16″! I would say you could use one full recipe per layer, but they layers may be on the thin side. You made need 1 1/2 batches of batter per layer.

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    Heather — August 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Question – that I don’t *think* you have answered up there yet – I’m pretty new to the whole baking and decorating scene and while I’m definitely starting to get the hang of using a piping bag, I always seem to struggle with getting the frosting into the bags! So the idea of putting two different colors side by side seems impossible.. Any tips?

    Thanks! –Heather

    • Glory replied: — August 23rd, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      Heather, I have shared the tips the best I can in the post. Use a large cup to hold your pastry bag, and add one color of frosting along one side of the bag, then a scoop of the other color on the other side. Continue adding one large spoonful of each color, one side then the next until you bag is about 1/2 – 2/3 full. (See the photos in the post)
      Happy Decorating!

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    Diva P. — September 27, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Question regarding your vanilla cream cheese frosting for piping the hydrangea cupcakes; If I add the addl 4oz of cream cheese, do I need to adjust the amount of the other ingredients? The hydrangea cupcakes are beautiful along with everything else I’ve viewed on your site! Thank you.

    • Glory replied: — September 28th, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

      I’m not sure if you mean 4oz total cream cheese, or 12 oz total… either way, you can keep the other ingredients constant. I’m not sure if you use 12 oz. total if the frosting would be stiff enough to hold it’s shape for this design (the hydrangea flowers), I would suggest sticking with 4 oz or 8oz total.

      Happy decorating!

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    Diva P. — September 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you for your response. Another ?: Approx how many cupcakes will the 8oz recipe frost for the hydrangea design? Thank you again,

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    Pippa — October 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Oh my lordddd! These are the most beautifully decorated cupcakes I’ve ever seen! I absolutely love Hydrangea! You are super talented! ; ) x

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    arisdy — November 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    hi, im really a big fan of your page, my english is not treally good, but still i made a couples of your recipies, …and this tutorial are pretty cool.

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    Liza Melnarik — November 11, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I’ve loved how these cupcakes of yours turned out since I first saw them on Pinterest. I don’t have the need to make cupcakes much, but I do the occasional cake. My best friend just asked me to make her a small cake to take to work on her birthday. She loves hydrangeas, so my immediate thought was to go to my pin of your cupcakes, hoping to get a link to your blog for help on tip size, etc. My cake turned out beautifully, thanks to you!

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    Ryleigh — November 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Ok, so I make these and I bring one to school. Now, a lot of people thought they were so cool and pretty. My friend said that they look like the flowers that his mother plants in the backyard. I said that he meant hydrangeas and he said he thought that was the name. Then, the best part is he said “Not bad for a twelve year old. Now, can I have some?” It was halarious since he said it all with a goofy smile on his face. *sigh* I love that smile… <3

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    Erika f — November 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    these are insanely gorgeous! i love your website !

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    Aim Aris — December 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! Would love to make one very soon. Cheers! :)

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    Jules — December 24, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Well, I saw these by chance, and had to give them a go … and I did it.
    Incredibly easy, and all the kids that I had here after school thought they were amazing! none left to photograph!!

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    Michelle — January 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I love hydrangeas – especially the purple/blue ones :D

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    Barb Bohan — February 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    So pretty! Cupcakes are all the rave now and for good reason!

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    Asmita — March 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Maddy — March 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Hi, In searching for the correct tip for the frosting, I have found a Wilton “Closed Star Tip” that is available in numbers, like 24, 31, 27… The Tip that is available as 2D is a “Drop Flower Decorating Tip”. Which one shall I buy? Thanks!

    • Glory replied: — March 12th, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

      Buy the 2D (a 1M usually works pretty well also).

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    marsha lucy — March 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hi, I love your recipes as a matter of fact I enjoy baking since I came across glorious treats. I would appreciate some advice on a chocolate/vanilla marble cake. I have never done one before so i will be most grateful for some tips. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes and I await your reply

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    Christina — March 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Making these today and will link readers, here, to your lovely page! Nice work and lovely photos! Christina :)

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    Sophia — March 27, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Wow these are so beautiful, and I absolute love hydrangeas. I have to give this a try. These are so gorgeous.

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    Laura — March 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve had this recipe saved for about a year now, tried it once before but made my icing too soft, and just got around to trying it again! I made the icing with barely any cream this time and I think they turned out beautiful! Thanks for the great idea!

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    Danielle — April 2, 2013 at 4:36 am

    wow these cupcakes are so beautiful!! I was just wondering if you would be able to tell me what brand of gel colouring you use and also what the two colours that you used are? Thanks :)

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    patty — April 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes, love the colors. what kind of gel coloring and what colors? is it wilton?

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    Kim — April 18, 2013 at 3:57 am

    I made these today for my birthday….and for my first try and also being an amateur they turned out beautiful!

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    Tricia — April 26, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Hi Glory, love your site – the best I’ve seen as you keep things so real. Just wondering which colour gels you mixed to obtain such a close match to the real thing? Thank you from Sydney, Australia.

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    Paula — April 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I made these today for my birthday and they turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kris — April 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    stunning!

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    Sara — April 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Gorgeous! Just one question – how do they freeze? Will the cream hold up well?

    • Glory replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 3:37 am

      I would not recommend freezing the finished cupcakes. You could freeze the undecorated cupcakes if needed, then decorate them the day, or day before you plan to serve them.

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    Cassandra Hart — May 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This wonderfully beautiful recipe has been featured on Whistlin’ Wednesday at Be Wit’n WIse!

    http://bewitnwise.blogspot.com/2013/05/ww-spring-cupcakes.html

    You did great with these cupcakes, they’re so…… well……… Glorious!

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    Madeline Hall — May 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Glory, I made these and the frosting turned out pretty goopy. It didn’t get fluffy like yours. Any tips?

    • Glory replied: — May 6th, 2013 @ 3:40 am

      Your frosting was just too thin, either your ingredients (butter, cream cheese and cream) were too warm, or you added too much liquid. The frosting should be quite thick. Also, as you are working, the warmth of your hand will warm up the piping bag quite a bit. As needed, put the bowl of frosting, and/or the piping bag (with frosting in it) in the refrigerator as long as needed until it firms up (30 minutes or more).

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    Chris — May 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Glory, do you have specific colors that you mixed. The colors were just stunning as is the whole presentation!! Just thought you might have written down what you did exactly to get the colors.
    Thanks

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    adilah — June 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

    hi there, i really like the way you present things and i tried making this just now :)

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    Diamond — August 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I admire you. You are perfect. Thank you for all your tutorials. Diamond from Turkey

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    Annabelle — August 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Wondering if you still read comments on this page????? We shall see.
    I’m having a heck of a time trying to achieve your gorgeous colors. Will you please share more info on how you put together your frosting colors? You just said blue and purple. I need your help…….mine doesn’t look like yours at all. Big hug of thanksgiving.

    • Glory replied: — August 24th, 2013 @ 4:29 am

      Hi Annabelle,
      I use Americolor brand colors, and although I don’t know for sure the exact proportions, I likely used sky blue and regal purple.

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    Annabelle — August 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Nice to know you still answer older post questions. Don’t really know how you find the time to do all you do. I can only imagine how time-consuming blogging must be…let alone all the baking, decorating and clean-up involved with running a family. Thank you for all you share. You are the BEST.

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    Alice — September 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I used your idea and mine looked awesome. I used a sage green and lighter green, worked great!! Thank you!

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    Dianne — October 22, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I think these are the prettiest cupcakes I have ever seen!

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    Missy422 — October 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Great!VThey look hard though….
    Where do you get the Wilton 2D nozzle?

    Wish I could do that!

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    Gwen — April 10, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Hi Glory,

    Love your hydrangea frosting. This was requested by a couple on their wedding. I would like to ask on your recipe of cream cheese frosting, approximately how many cupcakes can be covered with this design. Thank you so many much.

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    Heidi Urquilla — April 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Hey
    I love these flowers amd cupcakes.
    Good job glory. I subscribed a long time ago neveractually looked at a your baking very pretty.

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