Sunflower Cupcakes

sunflower cupcakes recipe

Sunflower Cupcakes – Adorable yellow cupcakes decorated to look like the Kansas state flower – the sunflower. These sweet cupcakes are sunny and cute.

Happy 151st Birthday Kansas! On Friday my children celebrated Kansas Day at school. Ava’s teacher asked me if I would make cupcakes for the class. I immediately knew what I wanted to make, Kansas is the Sunflower State after all. Even better, it was an excuse for me to go to Sweet! to buy some supplies. I love that store, and the cupcake liner wall alone makes it worth the drive. Not to mention the sprinkles. You know how I much I love a sprinkle.

These cupcakes look complicated, but they were really easy to do. I got everything ready before I started. I mixed the colors and filled the piping bags. I used straight kelly green for the leaves, but mixed a few shades of yellow for one bag, and a mixture of yellows and oranges for the other. Thin Mints were perfect for the centers. Thin, obviously, but also the dimpling looks like the middle of a sunflower. You could use an Oreo, but I would use only one half.

The kids loved them, and I loved making them. Nothing is more cheerful than a sunflower. Happy Birthday Kansas, here is to a 151 more.

sunflower cupcakes recipe white buttercream (8 pounds is not necessary)
egg yellow
golden yellow
lemon yellow
kelly green
leaf tips (Wilton 66 and 68)
Thin Mints
ladybug picks
green and white dots cupcake liners

sunflower cupcake recipeStart by making a circle with green frosting. Add a few leaves.

sunflower cupcake recipeAdd one layer of yellow petals.

sunflower cupcake recipeAdd a second layer, I alternated with yellow and orange-ish frosting.

sunflower cupcake recipeAdd a Thin Mint to the center.

sunflower cupcake recipeAnd a ladybug.

sunflower cupcake recipeI made a sunflower assembly line. I had a fresh Diet Coke, the Food Network on my iPad, it was a very relaxing activity.

sunflower cupcake recipe

sunflower cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes - these adorable cupcakes look like sunflowers and have a cute little ladybug hanging out on them.


  • white buttercream (8 pounds is not necessary)
  • egg yellow
  • golden yellow
  • lemon yellow
  • kelly green
  • leaf tips (Wilton 66 and 68)
  • Thin Mints
  • ladybug picks
  • green and white dots cupcake liners


  1. Start by making a circle with green frosting. Add a few leaves.
  2. Add one layer of yellow petals.
  3. Add a second layer, I alternated with yellow and orange-ish frosting.
  4. Add a Thin Mint to the center.
  5. Add a ladybug.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. Deanna

    Those are super cute. I don’t have the patience for piping, but if I did, I would be making these.

    1. bakedbree

      I think that it is relaxing.

  2. Becca

    Aww these are adorable. I like the little lady bug peeking through the pedals. And it’s a great way to get your daily girl scout cookie into your diet πŸ˜‰ I have yet to see a girl scout selling cookies though.

  3. alison

    You are such a fun mama! I bet Ava’s class LOVED these sweet cupcakes.

  4. MassachusEATS

    Those are totally adorable! So bright and cheerful – great job! πŸ™‚

  5. Darcy

    These are soo cute!! I would love to make them for my boys for school–but we can no longer send in baked goods…only store bought with ingredients listed because of fear of lawsuits/kids with allergies…..I really feel like they are missing out!! Guess I’ll just need to find a reason to make them at home πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I do too, it makes me sad. We have been lucky that we have been in schools that do not follow that rule.

  6. Stacy

    I had no idea that Kansas is the Sunflower State! So this post is educational as well as adorable.

    Thanks for that!


    1. bakedbree

      I do what I can!

  7. CC Marcy

    I just stumbled onto this website when I was looking for a recipe for buttercream marshmallow frosting. Can I just say that I love this website, I have already started a recipe box and have shared recipes with the ladies that I work with. I just like that you are so down to earth and make these recipes with simple, natural, organic products and very easy to follow directions. Your pictures are beautiful ( I am a fan of beautiful photos). I look forward to trying many of the recipes in the near future!!!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you so much, that is so nice of you to say!

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    These are so adorable. Saw them in my Reader last nite and then again just now on FG when I was checking a submission. They are SO CUTE!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Averie!

  9. Kim K

    Where did you find, or how do you make, the ladybugs?

    1. bakedbree

      the shop that I bought them from is linked in the ingredients.

  10. MyFudo

    The ladybug captured my heart at first glance. Your cupcakes are so lovely! I am glad they are easy to prepare. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you!

  11. Valentina

    Bree, these are absolutely darling!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Valentina!

  12. lamb411

    What bright and colourful cupcakes. You made that look soo easy! I love the idea of sunflower cupcakes for spring (which I am hoping is right around the corner).

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! They really were easy, it relaxes me to pipe. πŸ™‚

  13. Bree

    Those are adorable!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Bree!

  14. Jenni

    These turned out so cute!! Great job!!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Jenni!

  15. Deborah

    These are seriously the cutest cupcakes ever!!

  16. kristen duke photography

    Those are so very cute!!!

  17. Brandon

    Love the photos as always, but I really like how you used a cookie as a center… I would have tried to pipe the center, but I like your idea!

  18. Nancy

    Can I replace the white buttercream with white frosting instead? I cant find white buttercream near my grocery store. Thanks, the pictures are really adorable!

    1. bakedbree

      Of course!

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