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Mini Wedding Cupcakes

Pink & Blue Wedding Cupcakes

Last weekend my cousin and her fiance were married and as a gift I made her wedding cupcakes. Her colours were pink and blue, and her only request was that she wanted mini cupcakes.

pink and blue wedding cupcakesThese are vanilla cupcakes and cream cheese frosting, piped with a Wilton 1M tip.

I ordered both the acrylic 4-tier cake stand and the lace cupcake liners from etsy. And although the seller specified that the cupcake liners were for mini cupcakes, they were enormous. My cupcakes looked like dieting spokespeople posing for after shots in their old trousers.

mini wedding cupcakes

Sadly, I ended up having to throw the liners out. Just kidding. I cut them in half and hand-glued all 100 of them back together. And in case you’re wondering or perhaps suffering a brain hemorrhage, I assure you that spending an evening cutting in half and hand-gluing together 100 laser-cut lace cupcake liners was not remotely enjoyable. It is the stuff of nightmares. If your nightmares feature a lot of glue and paper sticking to your fingers.

The cutting cake:

wedding cake, cutting cake, pink wedding cakeThis is just two 6″ vanilla cakes layered and frosted with cream cheese frosting piped on in 1M swirls. By far, this is the easiest and quickest way I know to frost a cake.

The roses I ordered from a local florist and refrigerated in water over night. After frosting the cake I took the flowers out of the fridge and, leaving 1 or 2 inches of stem to wrap in Saran (hooray for not poisoning people!), inserted them into the top of the cake. This turned out to be an easy and pretty cake topper.

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This ultimately took a lot of planning, only because I had to hunt down the liners and the cake stand, but I think they turned out okay for a first attempt at wedding cupcakes. Since it’s been a warm summer I was concerned the frosting would swoon in the heat, but it held up–possibly because I added 1tbsp cornstarch with the powdered sugar. Have you tried this before?

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed this week’s saga on wedding cupcakes!

 

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Halloween Cupcakes: Spiced Pumpkin & Cream Cheese

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Creamcheese

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

So these are really good. So good that I Instagrammed them. Because Halloween is coming and I thought they should look creepy and like a serial killer took pictures of them.

The recipe I followed is Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low-medium heat. Cook until it turns a light brown colour (careful not to burn it). It’ll suddenly start smelling really good when it’s ready to come off the heat, at which point pour into a bowl and set aside.

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

In stand mixer, mix together pumpkin puree and both sugars until smooth. Add the egg, mix until smooth. Add vanilla and cooled butter. Blend on high until smooth.

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and spices. Whisk together.

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend together for 30 seconds until completely smooth. If you want these to look extra orange and pumpkin-y, feel free to throw in some food colouring.

Spoon into liners, filling 1/2 to 2/3 full. Batter will be quite thick.

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Bake 14 to 20 minutes until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when applying light pressure with fingertip.

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

1/2 package cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

2 cups powdered sugar

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

In stand mixer, blend cream cheese and butter together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and spices. You can adjust the amount/selection of spice to taste. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well in between. Pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes and enjoyyy.

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Halloween Cupcakes Pumpkin Cream Cheese

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