With the dessert list made, Lawrence and I had to make that huge decision every engaged couple has to make; which flavor of cake would we serve? I narrowed it down to two flavors and three recipes. Because we had already provided for the chocolate lovers with the brownies, I thought it best to have non-chocolate cupcakes. The fist cupcakes I made were orange vanilla bean cupcakes from Martha Stewart, though my test batch didn't include the vanilla bean because I could not find any at the grocery store. Lawrence loved the cupcakes and the Swiss meringue buttercream so we had cupcake number 1. I also wanted to have a strawberry cupcake since I absolutely love strawberries (so much so that I have them tattooed on me). I found a recipe for strawberry cream cheese cupcakes and one for strawberry lemonade cupcakes. I tried both. The strawberry cream cheese cupcakes were too moist and had seeds in them but the strawberry lemonade cupcakes were to die for though I somehow botched the frosting so that when I attempted to pipe frosting on to the cupcakes, the strawberries separated from the butter.
These are my attempts at cupcake making
The frosted orange vanilla cupcakes
What little strawberry lemonade cupcakes Lawrence left me to frost
The mostly frosted strawberry lemonade cupcakes
My first real attempt at piping. I couldn't pipe in a circle,
there was always a side that ended up flat.
My spiky cupcake. I put a dot of frosting then pulled away.
I think I've finally decided that it will be ok if I don't pipe all the cupcakes and just use a knife or an offset spatula to frost them. No matter how the frosting gets on there, they'll still taste great!
Oh yeah, if you're asking "But Amy, where are you going to put a cake topper?" I have thought about this. A lot of couples who sever cupcakes in lieu of a big cake have a small cake made to cut but I thought that was silly (and out of my skill set). My plan is to make one regular sized cupcake of each kind of cupcake and put a bride pennant on the strawberry lemonade cupcake and a groom pennant on the orange vanilla one.