Monday, June 18, 2012

Two Hundred Cupcakes

I just did my biggest cupcake order yet, when I baked cupcakes for the wedding of the daughter of a friend of a friend. :-)    It was fun, but a little stressful, as I felt a lot of responsibility for providing this part of someone's Big Day! The cake is a big part of the wedding celebration, and I wanted them to be pretty as well as delicious.  I haven't done a whole lot of decorating yet, but I've been experimenting a little bit with fondant and candy melt. For these, I made homemade marshmallow fondant, colored half a pretty teal color, and used a small cookie cutter to cut out teal and white flowers.  These set out for 3 days to dry before I made the actual cupcakes.

I borrowed an extra KitchenAid mixer from a friend, and gave myself two days to bake and frost 100 regular cupcakes and 100 Jumbo-sized cupcakes. J was at camp last week, so I was alone during the day for my baking marathon, and I let Eric and Mark know that they were on their own for dinner when they got home from work.  I had had the bride, groom, bride's mother, and bride's sister over one evening back in April for a "tasting", where they sampled several flavors of cake and frosting, and they chose Chocolate Oreo (chocolate cake with vanilla Oreo buttercream),  Milk Chocolate (chocolate cake with milk chocolate buttercream), and Coconut Almond (white almond cake with coconut cream cheese frosting).  The decorations were simple - coarse sugar and candy pearls, Oreo halves, in addition to the fondant flowers.

I had seen an idea on some website for transporting the Jumbo cupcakes, since I can only get the plastic cupcake containers in the regular size. I  bought 3 Rubbermaid shallow underbed storage boxes, and a roll of rubber mesh shelf liner.  Each box held about 40 of the Jumbo cupcakes, which was perfect.


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