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How to Pipe a Succulent / Cactus Cupcake Garden

Posted by Jayden Scott on 11th Jul 2023

How to Pipe a Succulent / Cactus Cupcake Garden

We started by covering the top of our cupcakes with sanding sugar - we used gold sanding sugar. Alternately you could use brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs or even light brown icing. 

Tall Flowering Cactus

These cupcake toppers were made by first shaping fondant into a rounded tube of the right shape. (You could also use a rice krispie treat form into the same shape).

Using a  Commercial Open Star Tip 862 and icing coloured with Cypress Jayden starts at the base and and in a squeeze and pull movement draws the icing up from the base and finishes at the top. The flower at the top is one of our pressed sugars. 

Round Spikey Cactus

Start with a round ball of fondant about 1.5 in diameter.  Using a  Open Start Tip #21 and icing coloured with Cypress green Jayden uses a squeeze and pull to create the spikes. After the entire cactus is iced Jayden goes back in with white jimmies and places one on each spike using tweezers (and yes this part is kind of tedius).

Round Spikey Cactus with Flower

Again start with a round ball of fondant about 1.5 in diameter. Using an  Open Star Tip # 18 and icing coloured with Forest Green use a squeeze and pull movement to place the spikes. Start at the bottom and work your way around and then up until the entire cactus is covered. Finish with a pretty pressed sugar flower. 


Using a Leaf Tip #366 loaded moss green coloured icing Jayden uses a longer squeeze and pull movement to ice  the individual leaves.  

Mini Cactus Garden

This is something you can really play with. Jayden made the small round cactus with Open Star Tip #21 using a downward big squeeze, let off the pressure and pull up. The small succulents were also made using leaf tip #352.

Jayden Sepe, Cake Artist
Jayden Sepe, owner of Scoop-n-Save, professional cake artist and sprinkle aficionado enjoys helping people develop their cake decorating super powers. Jayden studied culinary arts with a specialty in baking and pastry at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and went on to open Forbbiden Sweets where she wowed supplying creative cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Since taking over at the Scoop, Jayden has indulged her shopping addiction to bring new and trending decorating products into the store.