I was blown away by an item in a Williams-Sonoma catalog recently: 9 cupcakes for $69.95! When all is said and done with shipping, that's got to be about $10 per cake! I'm assuming the price has something to do with the royal icing pansies on the cupcakes, because otherwise they look pretty pedestrian:
So, tell you what I'm going to do: I'm going to teach you how to pipe pansies and then you can buy a box of Duncan Hines cake mix for $1.99, and take all that money you saved on top-shelf cupcakes to see whatever hot flick is in theaters at the time you read this. Or spend that wad on a luxurious book about royal icing, like I would. Let's get started…you'll need a flower nail, a non-toxic glue stick, parchment paper squares, a Styrofoam block (to act as a third hand when you need to set down the flower nail), a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch, a piping bag filled with yellow royal icing and fitted with a #1 round tip, and a piping bag filled with purple icing and fitted with a #101 rose tip (of course, you can use any colors you want when piping pansies; I used Violet and Lemon Yellow by AmeriColor).
Stick a parchment paper square to the rose nail with a dab from the glue stick.