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!

301 comments

  1. What tips do you use to make the husky cupcakes and what do you make the tongues out of. Thank you so very much for the information.

  2. Absolutely beautiful job

  3. Beautiful!! Can’t wait to make!! 🙂

  4. These cupcakes are beautiful 

  5. May I ask what the tip name is for the Hydrangea cupcakes…they are just lovely!

  6. They are too pretty to eat. Georgeous!!

  7. Question: what frosting tip did you do for the frosting?

  8. I made these and couldn’t believe how easy the flowers were to pipe on the cupcakes and I’m not a baker! I used Wilton sky blue and plain purple and they looked just like Glory’s. I did find that I had to practice piping the flowers and I found if I made larger petals they looked better. I’m making these for my daughter’s Graduation party, can’t wait to hear all the compliments. Thanks Glory! Oh and the chocolate cupcakes were wonderful!

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