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Cupcake Topiary

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Cupcake Topiary
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 24
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Cupcake Topiary

A unique way to display your cupcakes. A decoration and dessert in one.


Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ lemon cake mix (and ingredients package calls for)
bottle Betty Crocker™ Cupcake Icing petal pink
24-36 mini cupcake liners
inch wooden dowl painted brown or a thick stick
Floral foam
terra-cotta pot
inch green floral foam ball
Pink ribbon or spanish moss greenery
Yellow jumbo sprinkles (optional)


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F and line cupcake pans with mini cupcake liners.
  • 2 Prepare cake mix according to package directions and fill mini cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. An easy way to do this is to use a cookie scooper. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until done. Let cupcakes cool.
  • 3 Frost cupcakes using the leaf tip on the icing bottle. You can make a swirl shape or make petals. Place one jumbo sprinkle in the middle if desired. *You can also just decorate the cupcakes using your own frosting. You can fill a plastic bag with your own frosting, cut of the the end, and pipe a flower or cone shape.
  • 4 Fill the terracotta pot with floral foam and insert the dowel or stick. Push the floral foam ball down on the dowel securing it in place.
  • 5 You may want to use straight pins to plan where you are going to attach your cupcakes. Use the toothpicks to attach each cupcake to the ball. I used 1 toothpick for the top cupcakes and more for the sides to make sure they were secure. Push toothpicks in the ball and then press the cupcakes onto the toothpicks. Continue doing this until all of the topiary is covered with cupcakes.
  • 6 You may use 24-36 cupcakes depending how closely you space your cupcakes.
  • 7 Tie a pink ribbon under the base of the ball and cover the floral foam in the pot with spanish moss or greenery.
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Cupcake Topiary

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

A Cupcake Topiary is a unique and creative way of displaying cupcakes. It’s dessert and décor all in one!

The great thing about cupcake topiaries is that they are versatile and could be made for any occasion. It seems like this time of year everyone around me is having a baby, so I thought why not make a bright pink cupcake topiary for a girl baby shower?

These cupcake topiaries are really easy to make. All you have to do is attach mini cupcakes to floral foam using toothpicks.

I’ve done it the hard way just aimlessly attaching cupcakes, but what makes it look more elegant and put together is when you have a plan of attack. I like to place pins into the foam ball to map out where I’m going to place each cupcake. Then, just remove one pin at a time and replace it with a frosted cupcake.

Yikes! This foam ball looks like an image from a scary movie but believe me it will save you time in the long run.

Cupcake Recipe

I made these mini cupcakes with a lemon cake mix because when I think about a baby shower with a lot of ladies … I think lemon! You can make your cupcakes with any design you want but I happened to have jumbo sprinkles so I made my cupcakes into daisies.

Cupcake Recipes

When your guests leave the shower they can take one of the mini cupcakes as a favor.

Cupcake Cakes

The pink topiary is so beautiful but blue, yellow, or lavender would be gorgeous too.

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