Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Succulent Cupcakes : A basic How-To

The fun thing about having kids with birthdays that fall a month apart is that as soon as one birthday is over, the next is looming on the horizon! Not to mention Halloween falls in there as well.  Oy.

But anywho...those succulent cupcakes turned out to be a bit hit with people at the party, and here online, so I thought I would post a very basic how-to for anyone looking to make their own.  Now, I want to be very clear that this is not my original idea - I first saw them here, but there is no mention of how they are made. 

I toyed around and had to figure them out by trial and error.  ALSO - there have been cases of trace amounts of lead in some terracotta.  That particular case was made in Mexico, and ours came from Germany, but I didn't want to run any risks, so I decided not to bake the cupcake in the little pot as I had originally planned.  Your call I guess.

That said,  all these cute little cupcakes entail are chocolate cupcakes, green icing, and open star icing tip, and - secret ingredient here folks! - a donut hole.

I did try doing the little succulent in all icing, but it smooshed down over the cupcake.  It was not pretty. So I ate it. 

I found that if I cut the bottom off of a donut hole to make a nice flat edge, then secured it with a dollop of green icing, I could then ice all around the donut hole to get the little Succulent shape.

Some of them looked a little more like bushes, but you know what?  I think they turned out pretty good!


  1. They really are adorable!! You should be so proud of yourself!!! Great job Bekah on the whole party. Very cute!!

  2. I think they look like baby cholla (choya) cacti...sometimes called jumping cactus. Yeah, I just pulled that put of my southwest livin experience..BAM. :) VERY cute!

  3. That is an awesome idea! You are so creative and handy. I'm getting ready to plan my son's first birthday right after the holidays. Eeep!

  4. Oh my gosh! How did he grow up that fast? I swear you just had him a month ago! Haha


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