One major reason I didn’t immediately return to blogging after the holidays was my sister’s wedding. She asked me to make the cupcakes for her reception and I was happy to oblige. I will openly admit it caused me a bit of anxiety since I’ve never taken on such a monumental task, but I wrote numerous lists and even a schedule to make myself feel better. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and most everyone enjoyed the cupcakes (although I don’t know that people would have told me they stunk).
In preparation, I read over posts from Cupcake Project and emailed Stef with questions. She was very helpful and saved me some hairpulling.
Sorry about the blurry photo, but this one looks better than the one I took with the flash. The cake on top was made by Kneaders, a local bakery chain.
I made 3 different flavors and I will post the recipes separately so this doesn’t end up being the post that never ends. I also made the cupcake tower. I wanted to make one that looked like Stef’s, but I don’t have the tools or space/place to make something like that. I used the tutorial from Cake Journal to make the tower. My husband had the great idea to stick pins (I used corsage pins I bought at Michaels) through the cake boards and into the styrofoam cake dummies to make the cupcake tower more secure. For not being the crafty type, I think I did a pretty good job.
Thankfully, things went pretty smoothly thanks to the use of my friend’s parents’ kitchen and my mother-in-law. I was able to make most of the cupcakes using 2 KA mixers and 2 ovens at the same time without my 1 year old underfoot (thanks Mary Jean!). The 2 mixers and 2 ovens really helped cut down on time. Here are a few things I would do differently next time, if I’m ever given the opportunity:
- Recruit someone to wash dishes for me and just help out in general. If I didn’t have to wash all the dishes, I would have been done even sooner. And my hands would have thanked me.
- No hand frosting! I frosted 100+ cupcakes by hand. With a butter knife. It took me about an hour or so. Compare that with the other frosted cupcakes. I piped the buttercream onto those ones. Took me maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Later I thought to myself, why didn’t I just cut the tip off a disposable piping bag and squeeze the frosting on that way. Lesson learned. 😛
- Trust your gut. I used 3 different baking cups- 1 kind per flavor. To make a long story short, the striped baking papers fell off some of the cupcakes. I kind of figured out what was causing this, so I decided to use them anyway- against my better judgment. Despite my efforts, I had cupcakes with papers peeling so I ended up tying ribbon around the cupcakes in an attempt to make it look like the papers weren’t falling off. That was time consuming and made me really ornery.
Overall, I would say it was a good experience. Fun even. Check back for the recipes which I will hopefully have posted within the next few days.