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Feb 8, 2017 >> A Cupcake Bouquet DIY [VIDEO]

It’s the season of L-O-V-E! And here at G&F, we believe the best way to celebrate your sweetheart—or sweethearts!—is with some scrumptious sweets. We enlisted the help of the Nicole Triebe, a.k.a the WINDY CITY DINNER FAIRY, to bake up some magic and transform a basic batch of cupcakes into a work of heart for Valentine’s Day. Instead of over-the-top kitsch, Nicole teaches us a little bit of cake art with a beautiful hydrangea cupcake bouquet.

This Valentine-themed masterpiece is a perfect example of Nicole’s knack for edible art. From working as a paralegal to studying pâtisserie arts, Nicole realized that her true passion was in the creation of beautiful cakes. In 2010 she started Windy City Dinner Fairy, serving as a catering company prior to establishing herself as a cake artist in 2014. We guarantee you’ll fall even more in love with her Instagram, full of colorful cakes and buttercream dreams!


This Valentine’s Day we give you permission to skip dinner and go straight to dessert. All you need is love—and a big styrofoam ball, skewers, vase and a batch of your favorite cupcakes—to start assembling this hydrangea cupcake bouquet. To recreate the fluffy, flower-like frosting use a closed star tip when piping, like the Wilton Drop Flower Decorating Tip No. 2D. Nicole also suggests looking for a cupcake recipe that uses oil rather than butter. I prefer a lighter, moister cupcake and I find that you can achieve that with oil rather than butter.” explains Nicole. 

This hydrangea cupcake bouquet is guaranteed to leave your lovers wanting more. Or at least wanting leftovers! Watch and learn above how to make this fast, furious and fun cupcake art come to life. And we never knew there was a right or wrong way, but follow along closely as the Dinner Fairy also shows us the right way to eat a cupcake. It’s mind-blowingly delicious!

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