I remember the day my friend and then boss, Brad, told me he was going to one day marry his lady, Bea. Little did I know that about 2 1/2 years later I would be baking for their wedding! I was seriously touched that they asked little old me to make cupcakes for them. Last year, I did cupcakes in a jar for my friend Liz’s wedding favors (you know Liz from here) and they were a major hit. This time around Bea approached me with the crazy cool idea of a cupcake decorating bar. Cupcake decorating bar = the more fun and less melty version of an ice cream bar. I knew their wedding was going to be cool from the second I saw their wedding website, but this girl did a fantastic job of making their wedding even more awesome than I could have expected. Seriously, mind blown. Ok, back to the cupcakes.
The sheer volume of ingredients was staggering. I had a lot on hand because I love baking so much, but even I don’t keep this much butter in the fridge. I carefully planned my shopping to incorporate what I had in my pantry already. Staples like flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, and cocoa are a part of my constant arsenal.
They decided on three flavors for their guests to choose from — chocolate with vanilla frosting, yellow cake with chocolate frosting (recipe from the Sono Baking Company cookbook), and gluten free carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I meticulously chose the recipes from all the ones I’ve tried before. If you ever want to impress someone with a gluten free cake then you need to try this one. No one has any idea that it’s GF. I’m a carrot cake freak and this is my all time favorite, gluten or no.
Once a guest had chosen their cupcake of choice, they could decorate it with any toppings they so desired.
We had a total of 14 topping options:
- mini chocolate chips
- toffee bits
- strawberry Pop Rocks
- green apple Pop Rocks
- crushed graham crackers
- crushed Oreos
- M & M’s
- coconut flakes
- gummy bears
- chocolate syrup
- caramel syrup
- strawberry syrup
I may have gone overboard on the topping options. I just wanted to make sure everyone could get exactly what they wanted. I don’t know what it is about weddings, but I love them so I get excited.
My boyfriend and I split the cost, but because I did all the labor he got to handle this:
I had A LOT on hand already. If you don’t, I would estimate this to cost about $140
This includes baking time so your active time will be much less.
|Level of Difficulty:|
|Difficult – I made everything from scratch. If you used boxed mixes and premade frosting the cost and difficulty would be much lower.|
|What I Would Change:|
|I wouldn’t change a thing! The entire spread is up to you.|
|I loved this idea from the moment I heard it. The guests, bride and groom all enjoyed it. Definitely worth the time and money!|