CIA Recipe: A Beautiful Spring Cupcake Bouquet

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Hyde Park, NY – Spring has arrived, with the glorious gifts of daffodils, tulips, irises, and hyacinths. Chef Dianne Rossomando of The Culinary Institute of America has a great suggestion for celebrating spring and summer—create a beautiful "bouquet" of floral cupcakes. Bring all the wonderful colors of the garden together in a centerpiece for your dessert table, or present the bouquet as a gift for someone special.

Chef Rossomando used the following recipes adapted from the Baking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America cookbook for both the cupcakes and the buttercream frosting. However, if you are pressed for time, the chef suggests using a box cake mix to prepare your cupcakes and making frosting using the simple recipe on the box of confectioners' sugar.

Frosting your cupcakes to look like flowers—such as Chef Rossomando's sunflowers, zinnias, and chrysanthemums—is easy when you use a pastry bag and a special "leaf" piping tip that you can find at most kitchen and craft stores. To create a two-tone effect that mimics the looks of flowers in your garden, alternate two complementary colored frostings side by side in a piping bag.

Don't worry if they're not perfect. Everyone will love them just because you made them.

Baking At Home with The Culinary Institute of America (2004, Wiley), is available for purchase at bookstores nationwide or online.


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Photo 1: CIA Chef Dianne Rossomando '95. (Photo credit: CIA/Nicola Shayer)
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Photo 2: Create a cupcake bouquet for mom. (Photo credit: CIA/Nicola Shayer)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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