Sunflower Cupcakes

There is so much beauty in nature. Growing up in California, sunflowers have always been one of my favorite flowers. Their color and size are just so beautiful to look at, so I thought I would recreate their appearance with cupcakes. It was a pretty fun experiment, and the cupcakes were delicious. With homemade frosting too, this is a fun and delicious sweet for your next summer gathering. I placed blackberries in the center to create the image of the seeds, but they also function as an extra snack!

Sunflower Cupcake Ingredients (makes 24):

  • 2 cup  sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

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Directions:

  1. Mix together sugar, flour, baking powder
  2. In a separate bowl beat eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla
  3. Slowly mix sugar mixture into egg mixture and combine until smooth
  4. Pour mini chocolate chips into into the batter and fold until evenly distributed
  5. Scoop batter into cupcake tins
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown at 350º
  7. Let cupcakes cool completely on baking rack

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Frosting Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring (yellow and red)

Directions:

  1. While together butter, milk, and vanilla in bowl
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar until frosting is thick and creamy
  3. Separate the frosting into three bowls and food coloring until desired colors are achieved
  4. Frost cupcakes after they are room temperature so frosting does not melt

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Arrange the cupcakes like a sunflower, or however you want, and you’re done!

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