sunflower cupcakes recipeHappy 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

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sunflower cupcakes