Last night I had my family over for dinner so it was time to make some tasty cupcakes for desert. We have been having such nice weather at the moment and I have spent the last few days pottering around in my garden so I felt it only fitting to create some flower cupcakes with small replica bird houses like the ones I have attached to my fence. These seemed to go down very well so here is a little picture of the finished cakes. I have put more images of these cakes in my cupcake gallery so take a look.

From looking around other people blogs I often wonder what shape tips they use to create their great buttercream swirls. As I started to pipe my cupcakes I decided to share this information with you. This is a different tip to the one I usually use so it will also help me remember next time and stop me staring at my tip box for 10 minutes trying to remember which one I had picked last time. The tip below is no exact make, it came in a set of 6 that I brought from Lakeland. It has a large open star and created a large smooth swirl.