Succulent Cupcake Kit

I wanted to design a Succulent Cupcake kit that I could send someone that would include everything they need to make these cute succulent cupcakes. They would only need to add perishables and liquid items like Butter, oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla flavoring.

The Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit I built contained: 2 Cookie boxes with confetti and Succulent Cupcake Toppers, Simply Baked Petite Baking Cups, Oreo Dirt, 2 Piping bags, Dry ingredients for Chocolate cupcakes, Dry ingredients for chocolate buttercream frosting, Recipe directions for cupcakes and frosting, Certificate to list contents of kit and make a good gift presentation.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

I made Succulent Cupcake Toppers to place in the kit. Please take a look at How to Make Succulent Cupcake Toppers to see how I did this.

Here’s how I packed the succulents for shipping.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

I wrapped each succulent in plastic wrap. 

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

Here’s one wrapped up.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

Here’s how I packed them in the box.  

 

I put the Succulents into a Cookie boxand surrounded them with crinkle cut packing material to keep them from breaking in transit. I packed it with purple crinkle cut shredded paper similar to this red crinkle paper.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

I covered them with more crinkle paper and packed more crinkle paper in the box so that nothing shifted when the box was moved around. Now this is the finished succulent box for the Succulent Cupcake Kit.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

I then covered this box in foil coated bubble wrap to better protect it.

The toppers I made were about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter so I wanted to get small cups for mini cupcakes and I wanted cups that did not require a cupcake pan.  

Simply Baked Baking Cups

I purchased these Simply Baked Petite Baking Cups which were about the size of a shot glass to make mini cupcakes.

They worked really well and looked great with the succulent cupcake toppers I made. I recommend eating with a fork. If you take the cupcake paper off, the dirt starts to spill everywhere.

 I included a disposable pastry bag to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. 

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

I crushed the cookies part of Oreo cookies in a food processor to produce dirt. I included a bag of ‘dirt’ in the kit.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

I saw how to make fudge rocks that I liked on Hungry Happenings.  I made fudge rocks using white fudge that I made from a different recipe that used sour cream and had to be cooked. I was shipping in the hot summer heat and I did not want the fudge to melt.  Cook fudge is not supposed to melt under 240 degrees and I wasn’t sure about uncooked fudge. The fudge turned out really well. Once it cooled about an hour, I put the fudge into 4 separate bowls.  Bowl 1 had a lot of crushed oreos with added fudge. Bowl 2 had a smalll amount of crushed oreos with added fudge. Bowl 3 had some cocoa powder with added fudge and bowl 4 was just plain white fudge.

I made tiny rocks by combining pieces from different bowls to give each rock a unique look and coloration.  I did not fully mix the different ones because I wanted different color shades in my rocks.  Each rock had a slightly different shape.  I made them fairly small to fit into the shot glass sized cups with the Succulent.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

Here’s a picture of the contents of the kit I put together. Each succulent box contained 10 succulents. I included enough supplies to make 10 cupcakes at two different times. I wrapped the fudge rocks in foil bubble wrap just after this picture was taken.

I packed and shipped everything in a medium flat rate Priority Mail box. It just barely fit.  

Succulent Cupcake Kit in Box

When the kit is received, this is what it will look like. I put in 2 cupcake dry ingredients, 2 chocolate buttercream dry ingredients, 20 petite baking cups, Oreo cookie dirt, cookies and cream fudge rocks, and  2 piping bags. 

Here a copy of certificates that I put in the top of the kit. The certificate described the kit as a birthday present and listed all the pieces. The next document told how to prepare the cupcakes. The last document gave a sample picture of the finished product so the person would know what they were creating.  

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

Once the lucky person opens the kit, they can make and assemble the cupcakes in these easy steps.

Succulent Cupcake Kit

Use recipe provided. Take out ingredients and preheat the oven about 45 minutes before making cupcakes so ingredients will be at room temperature.   Add water, butter, oil, and eggs to the dry cupcake ingredients provided and mix together to make the cupcake batter. 

I used Liz Merek’s Sculpted Chocolate Cake Recipe customized to 1 pound of batter to make the cupcakes. That should make about 10 of these mini cupcakes. Any leftover batter can be baked in a different pan.

Spoon about 1 1/2 Tablespoons into the cups to fill each just at 1/2 full. This will leave room to put in frosting, dirt, rocks, and succulent.

Bake on a baking pan in a preheated oven at 335 degrees for 16-18 minutes until they spring back when pressed lightly on the top. No muffin pan is needed because the cups are sturdy enough to bake in.

Succulent Cupcake Kit

This is the baked cupcake.

Icing bag

Make the frosting by combining the dry ingredients for the frosting with butter and milk or cream. Place in the provided piping bag. 

Use scissors to cut a 1/4 inch hole in the end of the piping bag.

Succulent Cupcake Kit

Pipe frosting onto the cupcake and smooth out with the tip of the bag.  

You can also just spread with a knife or spatula if you had rather.

Succulent Cupcake Kit

Place dirt onto the frosting. Pat down gently with a spoon and gently shake off any excess and save for another cupcake.

Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit

Place the rocks and the succulent in the pot and Enjoy! 

Here’s the finished cupcakes. Everything is edible and looks great too.  Just snap off any parts of the spaghetti you do not want to eat.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

This post shows step by step How to Make Mini Succulent cupcake toppers.

I created these Succulent cupcakes for the birthday of a person who loves plants.  

I learned how to make these from Nicholas Lodge in his class Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers. I highly recommend this Craftsy class. I believe he is the best gumpaste flower maker in the world.

This post is my attempt at mini succulents based on his class. I really liked to make these succulents because they looked straightforward to make and I could just use some of the cutters I already had and I did not have to purchase any additional cutters.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I had some daisy flower molds and some other flowers cutters that were different graduated sizes. In these pictures I used the daisy cutter.

I started with a piece of spaghetti that was about 1/4 the size of a strand of spaghetti.  The longer size is easier to work with while making the succulent.  I break it off to about 1 inch when the flower is completed and ready to pack for giving away.

Roll out a tiny piece of green gumpaste into a tiny ball about 1/3 the size of a green pea.

The picture above give a sense of scale since the ball is beside the flower and the spaghetti.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I placed the ball onto the spaghetti and rolled it between my fingers to make an elongated shape.  It should be about 1/4 inch long and should extend past the spaghetti.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I used tiny food safe scissors to cut the end into thirds.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

This is a picture of the end cut into thirds and separated.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I used a dresden tool to flatten each third into a petal like shape. You can see a picture of this later on in the post. It is the picture that shows the center being inserted into the rest of the plant.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I rolled out gum paste somewhat thin to #2 or #3 on a pasta roller. When I used a #2, I thinned and elongated the petals somewhat with a ball tool.

I cut out petals using cutters of similar shape of 2-3 different graduated sizes.

I cut out 2 of the largest size petals for some of the plants.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I used a ball tool to roll from the tip of the petal toward the inside to cause the petal to curl up or cup.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

The first layer of petals cupped and placed onto a cosmetic sponge with a hole in the middle for the spaghetti stem to fit through. 

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I put edible glue onto the center of the bottom layer.

I used a toothpick to place each layer onto the top of the previous ones.  The petals should be offset from the previous layer.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

Third layer placed.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

Fourth layer placed.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

Once all the petal layers are on, I used a ball toll to push down gently to cup the succulent.  The plant is on a round cosmetic sponge with a hole in the middle for the pasta stem to fit through and that sponge is on a softer orange sponge below so that the flower will shape into a cup shape when the ball tool is used.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

Succulent cupped.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

I put a little egg white or edible glue onto the center.

I inserted the center of the plant into the layers of leaves and through the hole in the center of the sponge.  I used the sponge to gently push the plant onto the center.

 

How to Make Succulent Cupcake Topper

Here’s a picture of the center inserted into the rest of the plant.

 

Succulent Cupcake Topper

I placed the succulent into a cup shaped piece of foil that I suspended inside a small cup so that it would dry without falling apart or separating from the center.

Succulent Cupcake Toppers

12 Succulents using 2 different types of cutters and varying the number of petal layers in some cases.  These are around an inch to an inch and a half in diameter.

 

Succulent Cupcake Toppers

I dusted each succulent with purple rainbow dust. I dusted from the tip of the petal toward the inside.  I put dust onto a paper towel and then put the flat brush into the purple and brushed off onto the paper towel in a different spot so the color would not be so strong. I also lightly dusted the back side of the bottom petals, again starting st the tip of the petal brushing inward.

Making sure the spaghetti is inside the egg carton, I gently steamed the plants to set the purple color and not get the spaghetti wet. this gives them a slightly glossy appearance.

These need to dry for several hours to ideally 24 hours before packing. They need to no longer be soft when packing.

I have another post that shows How To Make A Succulent Cupcake Decorating Kit to send to your favorite gardener.

How To Make Succulent Gumpaste Flowers

These are some of some succulents that I made in glass containers.  I placed buttercream on first, then a piece of cupcake, then more buttercream, Oreo dirt, fudge rocks, and succulent.

Here’s a picture that includes the steps.

Succulent Cupcake Tutorial

Once you’ve made these succulent cupcake toppers, take a look at How to Make A Succulent Cupcake Kit For Your Favorite Gardener.

Gone Fishing Cake 6

I made this Gone Fishing cake for the birthday party of a man who loves fishing.

I made a two-tiered cake with a 3-D fish jumping out of the water.

I put a dock and a gone fishing sign on the top of the cake.

 

Gone Fishing Cake Fish 5

 

The fish was modeled after Sharon Wee’s  Fish Cake Topper video tutorial for Pettinice. 

I used sugar paste fins instead of wafer paper.

 

Gone Fishing Cake sign

The sign was made using sugar paste. I used a dresden tool to put in the wood grain texture. The sign was airbrushed then the paint partly rubbed off to get the darkened woodgrain lines.

The sign pieces were put onto a sucker stick with chocolate.

 

Gone Fishing Cake dock

The dock was made from sugar paste. The legs that go into the cake were pretzels.

The plants are fondant and spaghetti.

 

Gone Fishing Cake back l

Here’s a picture of the back of the cake.  The plants around the bottom tier were made with buttercream and spaghetti.

The entire cake was airbrushed to create a water wave effect.  

 

Here’s some in-progress shots of the fish cake topper.

 

Fish Cake toopper 2

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Fish Cake Topper 8

Fish Cake Topper 10

Fish Cake Topper 11

Fish Cake Topper 12

Fish Cake Topper 14

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I painted both sides of the fish. 

Steampunk Mickey Mouse Cake

I made this Steampunk Mickey Mouse cake for the Steam Cakes – Steampunk Collaboration. To celebrate the Steampunk International Day, Cake Artists from around the world gathered to create their own edible Steampunk masterpieces. 

I love all things Disney.  I wanted to try my hand at creating a 3D edible sculpture of Mickey Mouse.  I searched online for ideas and I found a few steampunk versions of Mickey, but none were close to what I was looking for.  I decided I wanted to portray Mickey dressed in Victorian clothes with a Steampunk flair.

I wanted to show Mickey encountering another Mickey made entirely of gears so Mickey is standing behind a Steampunk black and gold gears version of himself.  

I could envision seeing something like this Steampunk gears Mickey in front of Mouse Gear in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Theme Park. 

Mickey is dressed in Steampunk Victorian clothes. He has on a brown hat with a gold gear and band in front. He is wearing a brown cloak fastened with gold clasps and a red vest with gold buttons. His shoes are black with gold bands. His gloves are white.

He is standing on a stone surface that is embossed with gears.  The stone surface was made using fondant and gear molds and colored with white, brown, and gold edible colors.

Steampunk Mickey Mouse Cake Topper

Here a close-up of the Mickey Mouse figure.

 

I followed this Mickey Mouse tutorial by Zoe’s Fancy Cakes to make Mickey’s head. Mickey was made using sugar modeling paste. 

 

Steampunk Gears Mickey Mouse cake topper

This is a close-up of the Mickey made of gears.  His hands are partial gears that look somewhat like fingers. 

The gears were made using Little Cherry Cake Company Steampunk gears molds. They were colored with gold luster dust.

The gold matches the gold on his hat.

 

Steampunk Mickey Mouse Cake

This is a close-up of the front of the cake.  MICKEY is spelled out with each letter in a Mickey head made of gears. The red letters match the red of Mickey’s vest.

 

Mickey Mouse

Mickey’s head was the first thing I made.

 

Mickey Mouse Body

Then I made his body and shoes.

 

Mickey Vest

I added his red vest.

 

Mickey Mouse Shoes

Mickey’s shoes.  I had to use edible glue to attach them to the legs.

 

Steampunk Mickey Mouse Cake Topper

I completed the Steampunk Victorian Mickey Mouse cake topper.

 

Stone Cake Surface

I embossed the fondant with gear molds and covered the cake.  The top of the cake has been colored with edible paints. The side has not been painted.

 

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Here’s a picture of the back of Mickey.

 

The bottom tier of the cake was covered in white fondant embossed with steampunk gears. I painted it black using an airbrush.

 

Mickey Mouse Cake iin progress

The Mickey Mouse cake topper and the gear Mickey is on the top of the cake.  Mickey’s name still needs to be added.

 

I want to take the opportunity to tell you a little about myself by answering the same questions that I asked the other bakers.

 

Karen

Tell me about yourself. How long have you been decorating cakes? How did you learn to decorate? Do you decorate professionally? Have you taught any cake decorating classes? Have you competed in any cake competitions?

My name is Karen Williams. I started decorating cakes when I was a teenager. My mother took a Wilton cake decorating course and she taught me everything she learned. 

 

I have grown a lot in cake decorating skills since that time. I made many cakes for my children’s birthdays.  I started using fondant and have sculpted several cakes.  I have taught myself many things and I have learned a lot from online classes and videos too.

 

I mostly decorate cakes for friends and family members, but have done cakes for others on occasion.  

 

I enjoy decorating cakes and have made Pop culture and semi-naked wedding cakes, sculpted Star Wars cakes, and Disney Up, Mickey Mouse, and Haunted Mansion cookies.

 

When I’m not baking, I’m busy blogging. I’m a big fan of Disney, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Superman, and Batman. I run this pop culture cake blog called Between The Pages which combines these two passions.

 

Blog pict Steam Cakes

 

Social media links:

Between The Pages

https://www.facebook.com/Between-The-Pages-154334334603506/

 

 

 

Stories about your cakes.  Do you remember the first cake you decorated? When and why did you decide that you wanted to create cakes as a business / hobby?

The first cake I remember doing was a cross cake for a church social. Back then I only used Wilton buttercream. I enjoy decorating cakes and seeing the smiles the cake brings to people’s faces.

 

Do you have a favorite story about a cake you made? 

I loved making the Captain America Wonder Woman Wedding cake for my Niece’s wedding.  I sat down with the couple and worked out with them what they wanted the cake to look like. 

Captain America Wonder Woman Wedding Cake

 

 

Do you have a favorite story about a cake disaster?

I made a square block cake for a baby shower and I did not support the tiers correctly. I finished the cake and went out with family to eat.  When I got back,  the top layers where sliding off the rest of the layers.  The cake was due the next day, so I had to take the layers apart and reassemble it with more dowels to keep the layers from sliding apart. I got it finished in time and it looked good, but it was definitely a disaster that had to be corrected before delivery.  

 

If one of the famous cake decorators offered to make you your dream cake, what would you ask for?

I would ask Mike McCarey of Mike’s Amazing Cakes to make a 3D sculpted Star Trek USS Enterprise cake and let me assist him so I could learn from him.

 

 

 

Who is your favorite Harry Potter character? If you went to Hogwarts, which house would you want to be sorted into? Which house would you actual be sorted into? If you were a teacher at Hogwarts, what class would you want to teach? What would your Patronus be?

 

I would want to be a member of Gryffindor. I would want to teach transfiguration or potions. 

 

Who is your favorite Star Wars character? Which Star Wars movie is your favorite? Do you have a favorite Star Wars TV show or book? If you were living in the Star Wars universe – what would you want to be Jedi, Sith, Rebel, Imperial, Resistance, Smuggler, Bounty Hunter…?

 

My favorite Star Wars character is Han Solo. I find the stories with him in them, some of the most interesting. My favorite Star Wars Book is a set of three books called Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.  

 

 

Who is your favorite Star Trek character? Which Star Trek series is your favorite? If you were part of Star Fleet, what position would you want and which captain would you want to serve with? If your desired position is captain, what ship would you want to be captain of?

My favorite Star Trek character would be a toss up between Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk.  Star Trek The Original Series is my favorite.  I really like the way Spock, Kirk, and McCoy interact.  They had a chemistry that made the show.

 

Do you have a favorite Disney movie? Do you have a favorite Disney character? What is your favorite thing to watch on Disney+? Have you been to any of the Disney parks? Do you have a favorite ride? Do you have a favorite story about a trip or experience at one of the Disney parks?

I like all of the Disney movies. I’m not sure I have a favorite. I like watching Disney+ where I can see the movies and the old Disney afternoon TV shows as well as classic cartoons, and Star Wars cartoons.

 

I love all of the rides at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. One of my favorite rides is Rockin Roller Coaster at Disney’s Studios. Another one is the Matterhorn at Disneyland.

 

I liked the time when my family went to a Disney Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party dressed as cards from Alice In Wonderland.  We got to be in the parade that night.

 

Which Doctor is your favorite? Who is your favorite companion? If you could travel in the TARDIS just one time, where would you go?

It’s really hard to choose a Doctor, but if I had to I would choose Matt Smith.  My favorite reoccurring character is River Song.  I like to listen to the River Song audio books put out by Big Finish.

 

Do you have a favorite superhero? What is your favorite superhero movie? If you read comics, what is your favorite comic or run on a comic? If you could be any superhero, who would you want to be? If you could have one super power, what would it be?

My favorite superhero would be a tossup between Batman from Batman the Animated Series and George Reeves Superman.

I enjoy superhero and Star Wars comics.  My superhero power would be flying and I would like to have a utility belt like Batman.

 

Do you have a favorite cartoon series or character? What was your favorite cartoon to watch when you were little? Would you prefer live in Bedrock with the Flintstones or in the future with the Jetsons?
I love to watch the Jetsons and the Flintstones.  If I had to choose I would live in Bedrock with all the cute animal gadgets.

 

Here are a few of my favorite cakes and cookies that I have made:

 

Minnie Mouse Cake

 

I made this Minnie Mouse Cake for Icing Smiles. I was invited to the birthday party for the child and got to serve the cake to them.

 

 

Santas Midnight Ride Cake

Santa’s Midnight Ride Cake

 

 

Semi-naked Wedding Cake w Flower Corsages

Semi-Naked Wedding Cake 

 

 

Semi naked wedding cake 2

 

Semi-Naked Shower Cake

 

 

Endangered Species Animal Cookies

Endangered Species Animal cookies

 

 

Mickey Mouse Ears Cookies

Mickey Mouse Ears Cookies