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“Mum” Flower Cupcakes

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Happy May Day! I’ve had this “mum” cupcake decorating technique bookmarked for months, so was excited to finally give it a try for one of my favorite flower days this year (which also happens to by my birthday eve)! :)

I’m happy to announce that this technique requires no special icing tips. Nor does it even require a ton of frosting. Instead, each of these adorable little petals are made from just two ingredients: mini-marshmallows and sprinkles! Yes, it really is that simple! Granted, these do take a little time. But pop on your favorite tunes or Hulu, or enlist some of your young helpers to come decorate, and time (and maybe sprinkles!) will fly. Then you’ll be left with a bouquet of adorable cupcakes.

Such an adorable way to celebrate May Day, or spring, or the deliciousness of cupcakes!!

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“Mum” Flower Cupcakes

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes


An easy tutorial for making flower cupcakes out of mini-marshmallows and sprinkles. You will love this bright and cheerful “Mum” Flower Cupcakes recipe!


  • cupcakes (I used this Vanilla Almond Cupcake recipe)
  • cream cheese frosting (I used this Cream Cheese Frosting recipe)
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles or decorating sugar
  • candy for flower centers, optional (I used Good ‘N’ Plentys)
  • green licorice (I used Twizzlers)


  1. Begin by preparing your marshmallows. On a cutting board, use a knife to carefully cut each mini-marshmallow in half on the diagonal. Then pour your sprinkles or decorating sugar in a small bowl, and carefully press the sticky side of each halved marshmallow in the sprinkles until it is well-covered. Repeat for as many marshmallow halves as you would like (alternating colors/sprinkles if desired).
  2. Then cover one cupcake with icing all around, and carefully place the marshmallow halves in a line around the outside of the cupcake. Repeat with a second and third row, working toward the center. Then you can either place some candies in the center to make “stamens” (I used Good ‘N’ Plentys), or you can just fill in the center with more marshmallow halves.
  3. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Then if you would like, attach pieces of green licorice to the cupcake bases to make “stems”.


Sometimes the halved marshmallows didn’t have a ton of the sticky part exposed once they were cut.  So feel free to spread them out just a bit so that more sprinkles can stick in the center.

Ali’s Tip:

Sometimes the halved marshmallows didn’t have a ton of the sticky part exposed once they were cut. So feel free to spread them out just a bit so that more sprinkles can stick in the center.

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18 comments on ““Mum” Flower Cupcakes”

  1. When I saw the picture of the finished product I thought itwas going to be very difficult. It looks a lot easier than I first thought. Thanks for the simple explanation.

  2. What a fun idea! I always celebrated May Day by making construction paper baskets, filling with flowers from the yard along with candy. Then placed the baskets on my friends’ front porch. After ringing the doorbell, your boyfriend is suppose to run & try to catch you & give you a kiss. I’m sure my grandkids will love making these “mums”…I can see lots of sprinkles scattered in the kitchen!

  3. Brilliant idea!

  4. beautiful!! I love this idea!

  5. oh my goodness so stinking adorable! What a cute idea for spring!

  6. So cute! I have seen and tried this idea as well, and it is so easy! Definitely takes some time, and makes for sticky scissors, but worth it for the look.

  7. What a fantastic and effective idea! I’ve topped cupcakes with the normal sized marshmallows before but never thought about the little ones. It looks terrific. I’ve got a few Mother’s Day morning teas to attend this week so I might give these a go. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I LOVE these cupcakes! I made them last spring and was amazed at how easy they are and how good they turn out! I love yours with the multi-colored sprinkles, they look great!

  9. Happy birthday!!!! Those are ridiculously pretty. I can’t believe they’re that easy to make!

  10. these look like they belong in a book or something!! perfect!

  11. Mums are my sons teachers fav flower. Would love to make these for the class celebration next week. I will have to make them the day before(won’t be a full 24 hours) because of younger sons field trip. Do the marshmallows get gooey? These are sooo adorable!!

  12. I wanted to share that I’d done this decoration on cupcakes I brought in for Comanpy Cupcake Day.

    I cheated and used box cake, but still.

  13. These are gorgeous! I think I’ll make them (with the yellow sugar) for my son and future daughter-in-law’s wedding shower since their wedding colors are white and yellow! So creative! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Flower marshmallows? Lovely! Im gonna share this to my girlfriends and give this as a gift to my boyfriend in our monthsary next week. he’ll surely be surprise with this. thanks!

  15. Wow.. That looks really (!) difficult.. Will definitely try it out with my cupcake bouquet.
    I searched for an special idea for my daughters “sweet 16” and found it now.. thanks a lot!

  16. I love these cupcakes and it looks so easy and beautiful when they are finished. I have an Easter Bake Sale coming up at our church and I am going to make these for it. I can’t wait to see the look on everyones face. They are going to think they are too…thanks for the great idea…