Easy DIY Flower Cupcakes to Make with Your Kids for May Day

Design Your Own Flower Cupcake Garden to Enjoy with Your Family on May Day

By Sharon Rosenthal April 29, 2023

Celebrate May Day on Monday, May 1, 2023 with your family. May Day is an ancient festival of Spring - dances, singing, and cake are typically part of the festivities celebrating the start of the month of May. I have a fun and easy recipe on how to make marshmallow flower cupcakes using colored sugar and sprinkles with your kids.

Fun Fact:  May Day also happens to be the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.

Learn more about "May Day" origin, traditions and celebrations.

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  • Colored sprinkles, candies, colored sugar and other edible decorations
  • Bag of large or mini marshmallows - We used mini marshmallows because they form leaves easy when you cut them in half
  • vanilla frosting - 16-ounce container
  • Optional - Green Food coloring or any color for your cupcakes base
  • Small clean paint brush
  • 24 Yellow or Chocolate cupcakes baked - homemade, from a mix  or store-bought
  • Kitchen scissors or plastic knives

Get Ready

  1. Bake your cupcakes and let them cool off - I like to freeze them so they are easy to work with
  2. Place colored sprinkles, candies, colored sugar and edible decoration in small bowls
  3. Get a small bowl of water
  4. Tint the frosting into a green color - optional
  5. Cut marshmallows so they are in leaves - Spray blades of kitchen scissors or plastic knife with cooking spray / wipe with a little cooking oil. Cut large marshmallow crosswise into 4 slices to form leaves or halves for mini marshmallows.

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Assembling the  Garden

  1. Frost your cupcakes - you can use the colored frosting
  2. Assemble your marshmallow leaves  on cupcake and arrange marshmallow petals on top of each cupcake to resemble a flower, pressing the marshmallows into the frosting
  3. Take finger or small paintbrush and brush water onto leaves lightly so its slightly sticky
  4. Using fingers or spoon to sprinkle colored sugar or sprinkles onto leaves. They should stick as leaves are slightly moistened

Enjoy your flower cupcakes!

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Previously published article - updated by Brenna Gutell, publisher Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas