Blooming and bright flower dot cupcakes are from All You magazine. They recommend using green cupcake liners for a garden-fresh look. To make the flower that top the cupcakes, two gumdrops are pressed together, then rolled out thin and cut with a cookie cutter. A round candy or slice of a gumdrop makes the dot in the middle!
8 each yellow, orange and white spice drops
1/2 cup each yellow, orange and pink decorating sugars
2″ flower-shaped cookie cutter
12 green gumdrops
1 16-oz. can vanilla frosting
Red and yellow food coloring
3 medium ziplock bags
12 cupcakes in liners, such as Golden Cupcakes
1. Press 2 yellow spice drops together. Sprinkle a work surface with yellow sugar and roll out pressed drops with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thickness. Add more sugar as needed to prevent sticking. Repeat with remaining spice drops and sugar, using white drops with pink sugar. With a flower-shaped cookie cutter or small scissors, cut 1 flower from each set of flattened candies, making 12 flowers. Using scissors, cut a 1/8″ slice from flat side of each green gumdrop.
2. Reserve 2 Tbsp. frosting and divide remaining frosting among 3 bowls. Using food coloring, tint the frosting yellow, orange and pink. Spoon each color into a separate ziplock bag; press out air and seal.
3. Snip a 1/4″ corner from the bags. Starting on the outer edge of a cupcake, pipe a concentric circle of frosting to cover the top. Repeat to make 4 frosted cupcakes in each color. Top each cupcake with a spice drop flower. Dab a dot of reserved frosting in the center of each flower; top with a gumdrop slice.