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One thing I love almost as much as fall baking is a pretty bunch of fall flowers. The vibrant, warm colors are one last glorious taste of summer before the gray of winter arrives. That’s why this fall flower cupcakes tutorial is one of my favorites!
I made this red velvet recipe preparing for a wedding cake I have the pleasure to make later on this month. After all, practice makes perfect, or so the saying goes! I have since updated the recipe numerous times in order to perfect it. This will be reflected below, so you can be assured these cupcakes will look beautiful, and taste even better!
So, grab your apron and let’s get started! Peruse the written instructions and ingredient list below. Then, don’t forget to check out my video tutorial of the decorating process! Happy baking!
Gather Your Materials
Feel free to click any of the text below to shop my suggestions for baking equipment. Here are the tools you will need to create your fall flower cupcakes:
- Cupcake tin and liners
- Americolor food coloring gels – red, yellow, and black
- Piping tips (instead of purchasing separately, you can find them all in this Wilton Decorating Kit, which I own and love)
- Pastry/decorating bags
- Edible gold star glitter (In my video I use these ones made by Wilton)
Fall Flower Cupcakes Recipe and Ingredients
Here is the recipe for the best red velvet you will ever taste! This is adapted slightly from the iconic red velvet cake from the Bubble Room in Sanibel, Florida. It’s a seriously good recipe, and, thankfully, was published in a book years ago, before the restaurant rose to international fame!
And, don’t forget to check out my tutorial VIDEO below.
Fall Flower Cupcakes (Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting)
- 3 3/4 cup self-rising flour
- 2 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp cocoa
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
- 2 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
- light 1 tsp red food coloring GEL
- 16 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 lb powdered sugar
- 5-10 drops spiced cherry bitters
- Sift the dry cupcake ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, vinegar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and food coloring gel until combined. You can use a handheld or stand mixer.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a spatula until combined, being careful not to over mix.
- Spoon the batter into your lined cupcake pans. I like to use an ice cream scooper or a measuring cup to keep the scoops even and neat.
- Bake at 350 F degrees for about 15-20 minutes, checking that a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.
- Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack in order to fully come to room temperature, before beginning to frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Beat the cream cheese and butter together until it is combined and light.
- Then, adding a cup or two at a time, beat in the powdered sugar. Scrape the sides down every few minutes to ensure proper mixing.
- Finally, add 3-5 drops of the spiced cherry bitters. Taste test first, and then add more if you'd prefer.
- Split the frosting into four bowls for coloring, three with a large quantity and one bowl with only a little.
- Color the frosting in the bowls as follows: red, orange (red+yellow), yellow, and, in the small amount of frosting, dark brown (red+yellow+black). Always start light with the colors, adding more if necessary. I like to dip the tip of a toothpick in the food coloring gel, and just dab that into the frosting. This is especially important with a potent color like black, where even one drop would be too much.
- Insert your rosette piping tip into your first piping bag and snip off the plastic end. Fill this bag side by side with orange and red frosting. Starting from the center and moving out, pipe large and/or small rosettes on the cupcakes.
- In your second piping bag, insert the coupler. Then, snip off the bag's plastic tip and attach your leaf tip. Put your yellow frosting in the bag and, with the pointy part of the tip facing upwards, create your "sunflower petals."
- Then, squeeze out any excess yellow frosting and add brown to the same bag. Utilizing the coupler, swap out the leaf tip for the grass tip. Use this texture to fill in the center of the sunflowers.
- Finally, and totally optionally, sprinkle some gold glitter onto the red/orange flowers.
- Make sure to refrigerate these cupcakes until serving time as the cream cheese frosting needs to stay cool. It's not a super stable frosting, so your flowers won't have too much definition, but they're pretty and, most importantly, taste fabulous!
- Make sure all of your refrigerated ingredients for the cupcake batter are room-temperature before beginning baking. This will ensure smooth emulsification when combining the batter.
- Your cream cheese and butter for the frosting need to be room temperature before beating together. I like to let both ingredients sit out on the counter while baking the cupcakes, since it will take some time for them to warm up.
- These cupcakes must remain refrigerated once frosted, since the icing contains cream cheese. To keep them fresher before frosting, let them cool completely, then store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
- CAKE INSTRUCTIONS: Use 3, 8- or 9-inch cake pans. Butter the pans and line them with parchment paper circles. Portion the batter evenly between the pans and bake. Start testing for doneness with a toothpick around the 35-minute mark. However, depending on the size pan you use, the total bake time will vary. Don't overbake.
Fall Flower Cupcakes Video Tutorial
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little visual aid; here is my tutorial to help you “get the big picture!”
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! I know you will enjoy your fall flower cupcakes, as I gobbled mine down almost immediately. Cupcakes make a great breakfast, in case you didn’t know. 🙂
Be sure to check out my last delectable dessert recipe, if you missed it; these mocha cupcakes with chocolate espresso buttercream are DROOL-WORTHY!
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Take care guys! Until next time…
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