Sunflower Cupcakes

These Sunflower Cupcakes are the perfect summer treat. Not only are they tasty and fun to make, but decorating them is so simple as well.

I love how these sunflower cupcakes look, they make such a bold statement, either on their own, put in boxes to give as gifts or possibly as part of a cupcake bouquet, mixed with other flower designs. The cupcakes are quite simple to make and are created by using just one piping tip, the Wilton #35 which is a leaf piping tip.

Gather up the needed ingredients and let your family and friends help. These cupcakes are certain to be a hit and taste so moist and delicious!

Sunflower Cupcakes

These Sunflower Cupcakes are so simple and delicious!


  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp yellow gel food coloring
  • Wilton icing tip #35


  1. Ensure your cupcakes are cool to the touch before decorating.

  2. Make your buttercream by beating butter, icing sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase to high.

  3. Once the buttercream has formed, add your gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted.

  4. Scoop the buttercream into a frosting bag with Wilton tip #35 attached.

  5. To frost these cupcakes, make sure you’re working with the tip sideways: this will ensure you get the right shape for the petals.

  6. Frost out petals around the circumference of each cupcake. To do this, squeeze piping bag to form a base and then quickly pull away. Remember, the tip has to be pointing sideways in order to achieve the look. 

  7. Follow by adding a second row, just below your first row of petals.

  8. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to make sure the buttercream is set. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you would like you could add a little chocolate frosting to the center of the cupcake and add mini chocolate chips as the sunflower seeds.

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