Buttercream Piping Techniques,  Cake Decorating

Mini Buttercream Sunflower Cupcakes

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Last Updated on 1st February 2023 by Vicki

9 mini cupcakes decorated with buttercream sunflowers

Hi everyone, I’ve been getting into the spirit of summer this week while decorating these mini buttercream sunflower cupcakes! To be honest, I was just playing with a new piping tip to see what I could achieve. As they say, practice makes perfect! So this post is kind of a review/tutorial I guess. It certainly is a much easier and quicker way to pipe sunflowers or any other similar flowers really. Therefore perfect for beginners.


So my new piping tips are called Twist Nozzles, I believe there are similar ones out there called sultan tips. You can take a closer look at the one I used here. They come in a pack of two different sizes. I used the smaller one to pipe these mini cupcakes. The tip I used to pipe the middle of the sunflower was a Wilton 73 piping nozzle. This is actually a leaf decorating tip. I’m sure a small star tip would work too. I just grabbed whatever small tip I had to hand.

How I Piped The Buttercream Sunflowers

Below is a quick video of me piping a mini sunflower cupcake.

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As you can see from the video, I held the piping bag at a vertical position over the cupcake, practically touching it. I then applied an even pressure. This is crucial to have even petals. I then found a little twist while releasing pressure at the end, not only looked effective for petals, but also allowed me to break away from the buttercream much easier.

One mini cupcake decorated with a buttercream sunflower

I also used the largest piping tip of the twist nozzle set to pipe a sunflower onto a normal sized cupcake. Now this is a very large nozzle and you need to make sure that you have a very strong piping bag, if not the bag could split. I found that you don’t want to overfill your piping bag either, as it was harder to get an even pipe all the way round. As with all piping nozzles it takes practice! You can see from the image below that I didn’t twist the piping bag as much. This was one of my first attempts and as I said earlier, a twist can certainly help to break away from the buttercream once the flower is formed. You just need to play and see what technique works for you.

Buttercream sunflower cupcake

Colouring The Buttercream

To colour my buttercream I used ProGel concentrated food colour in Yellow by Rainbow Dust. It gives such a nice vibrant yellow. Just add a bit at a time and mix in until you reach your desired colour. Let it sit for a while, as the colour will develop a bit more over time. For the brown buttercream, I just added a little cocoa powder. I didn’t need much buttercream and I find this the quickest and easiest way to achieve brown.

I really hope that you found this buttercream sunflower cupcake tutorial useful. A much quicker and easier way of creating buttercream flowers. If you do get the set, it’s definitely practicing with the smaller tip first. I’ve also seen cupcake images where the middle has been filled with fruit or sprinkles. If you’re interested in learning some more easy buttercream piping techniques, then click here to check out my other tutorials.

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9 mini cupcakes decorated with buttercream sunflowers

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