DIY Wedding Cupcakes for 300 people

DIY Wedding cupcakes

After months and months of planning the wedding is finally over. I have been kinds of obsessing about this since my friend Leigh Ann asked me to make the cupcakes for her wedding. We did several rounds of tastings, built a Pinterest board , and spent several months deciding on the menu.

The wedding presented me with a few challenges. First of all, it was 6 hours away from my house, it was an outdoor wedding and there were going to be upwards of 300 guests. I was trying to design the dessert table on a budget. For my first wedding project, it was a big one. Staying organized and planning ahead was key.

DIY Wedding cupcakes vintage

Leigh Ann chose four cupcake favors, two flavors of truffles, and a small gluten free cake. I first started by making a very simple cost sheet in excel where I detailed out my ingredients to determine the cost of each cupcake and what I needed to charge her in order to cover miscellaneous expenses. I saved costs by designing cupcakes that shared ingredients I could buy in bulk. I did a lot of shopping around to compare prices and took advantage of sales on ingredients that wouldn’t spoil in advance. I wrote a very detailed shopping plan.  I needed a lot of cupcake boxes of this event. The best deal I found was from here. For the cupcake liners, I also purchased them in bulk from Baker’s Stock. Continue reading

Patriotic Piña Colada Cupcakes

Patriotic Piña Colada Cupcakes https://beyondfrosting.wordpress.com

Summer time is here! On Friday, a friend of mine is getting married and I am catering the desserts for her wedding. I will be baking 300 cupcakes, a small layer cake and a few dozen truffles. Then I will probably sleep for three days. The wedding location is 6 hours away, so I am doing all the baking at my house and all the frosting on site in my hotel room. Wish me luck. I am sure I will have a follow up post for you.

I can’t believe July 4th is just over two weeks away! Is it me or is June flying by? I am loving these new Piña Colada cupcakes. My favorite thing about these it the chunks of fresh pineapple mixed in. A few weeks ago, OXO sent me some of their new summer fruit tools to test out. One of them was pineapple slicer and let me tell you, I am absolutely in love. I love love love fresh pineapple, but it is expensive to buy pre-cut and let’s face it, it’s a pain in the butt to try and cut one yourself. The OXO Pineapple slicer takes all the frustration out of it. It is so easy to use, and creates the prefect pineapple circles in less than 5 minutes.

Here is a quick tutorial for you. Cut off the top of your pineapple down to the 1st, second or third line on the pineapple slicer. Place the center of the slicer over the center of the pineapple. Slowly press down and twist the slicer clockwise. As long as the pineapple is ripe, it doesn’t take a lot of strength to do this. Continue to twist until you reach the bottom of the pineapple. Slowly lift straight up. You can remove the rings by removing the top of the slicer and turning it upside down. Thanks OXO for sending me all of the wonderful tools!

Ok, back to these cupcakes. They are topped with coconut Swiss meringue buttercream and decorated with coconut, which is dyed with food coloring. You can make these “virgin” cupcakes by omitting the rum. If you don’t have fresh pineapple, you can easily substitute it with a can of crushed pineapple but it’s best to drain the juices.

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Brownie Stuffed Funfetti Cupcakes with Chocolate Funfetti Frosting

Funfetti Cupcake

Sometimes when I make cupcakes, I feel the urge to try and combine as many flavors as possible just to see how things turn out. Last weekend, during my baking extravaganza, I had a batch of leftover brownies and no one to eat them. In an attempt to avoid eating them all myself, I decided I wanted to put them inside a cupcake. Yes, a brownie stuff cupcake.

For the cupcake, I used my favorite funfetti recipe from yourcupofcake.com. For the frosting, I wanted to see if I could make a chocolate funfetti frosting. I mean, who wouldn’t want to combine the best two cupcake flavors ever, right?!

Funfetti Cupcake

Brownie Stuffing

3 C Crumbled brownies

1/2 C Chocolate frosting

  • Bake a boxed mix of brownies according the package instructions. Cool completely.
  • When ready, use your hands to crumble brownies into pieces and measure out 3 cups into a separate bowl.
  • Combine with ½ cup of chocolate frosting. Use your hands to mix everything together into one large ball, ensuring the frosting is well mixed.
  • Roll 24 balls of the brownie mixture, about 1 tbsp in size.
  • Set 1 brownie ball in each cupcake liner.

Funfetti cupcake

Funfetti Cupcakes
Recipe from yourcupofcake.com Vanilla Cupcakes

Follow ingredients from Vanilla cupcake and add 1/4 C Sprinkles

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Combine egg whites, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk gently.
  • Slowly mix in cake mix until well combined.
  • Add sprinkles and gently fold into batter.
  • Fill lined cupcake pan 2/3 full, tap the pan a couple times to evenly coat the brownie. Bake for 12 minutes, check with a toothpick and bake another 2-3 minutes until tops are golden or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Let cupcakes cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Having a brownie stuffed inside the cupcake was pretty dang amazing, but what impressed me the most about these cupcakes was the frosting. I whipped the heck out of this frosting and used heavy cream instead of milk to make it super light and fluffy. There’s actually cake mix in the frosting and cocoa powder to create a chocolate funfetti frosting.

Funfetti Cupcake

Chocolate Funfetti Frosting

1 C Unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 oz Cream cheese, at room temperature

1/3 C Cocoa powder

1 C Vanilla cake mix

4 tsp Pure vanilla extract

3 C Confectionary sugar

2 tbsp Heavy cream (no substitutions)

  • Allow butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.
  • Use a fine sifter to sift the cocoa powder, eliminating any clumps.
  • Once softened, combine butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add cocoa powder and continue to beat on medium speed until smooth. Add 2 tsp vanilla extract. I like to add the vanilla extract after the cocoa powder to help keep the mixture smooth.
  • Add 1 cup vanilla cake mix and continue to beat on medium speed; add the other 2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Continue to slowly add confectionary sugar followed by the heavy cream. Beat for several minutes with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed. Switch to the whisk attachment and beat for another 3-5 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy.

Funfetti cupcake

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the airiness of the frosting after beating it for so long! I feel as though the longer I whip the frosting, the better it becomes. I choose not to put sprinkles into the frosting because I liked the look of the sprinkles on top.

 

This post is linked up on the Back for Seconds blog.

Cinco De Mayo Weekend!

TGIF!! I am so excited for the weekend, more so than normal. It’s been a long week here and we  are looking forward to doing some BBQing and Tacoing! I of coarse, am in charge of bringing dessert. So I will be making some Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes. What are your Cinco de Mayo Plans? Have a great weekend everyone!

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

How about some Dessert Nacho?

Cinco de Mayo

Here are some of my favorite Cinco De Mayo Recipes from around the web:

Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies by Crazy for Crust

Berry Sweet Empanadas by Roxana’s Home Baking

Turkey Taco Burger with Avocado Crema by Climbing Grier Mountain

Margarita Shrimp Nachos by Country Cleaver

And this Guacamole by Shugary Sweets, I LOVE guacamole.

Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Shooters

 Margarita cupcakes

When booze gets combined with cake, something great usually happens. In this case, it’s Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Shooters with fresh strawberries, lime juice, tequila and cake! These shooters are made with a strawberry cupcake infused with tequila and tequila cream cheese frosting.

Margarita cupcakes

These cupcakes are easy to make and can be a fun addition to your Cinco De Mayo festivities! Maybe you feel guilty for drinking a margarita at noon, but you can’t feel bad about eating a cupcake at noon right? That’s my excuse anyway.

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