Wow … Christmas sure got in the way of my cupcake making! And writing. And a lot of other things, too.
The cupcakes for wedding #2 came out really well. The candies were a hit, too.
We finally settled upon Carrot Cake cupcakes, Snickers cupcakes, and white wedding cake cupcakes. Although we were using previously tried flavors, the decoration needed personalizing. The wedding colors were the colors of fall leaves, with orange being the dominant.
I made the white cupcakes with the same recipe as I used for the sunflower cupcakes earlier. Our bride-to-be really hadn't requested anything particular as decoration and I really wanted them to be pretty and special for her. Up until now, I really hadn't done much with flowers. All I could come up with was a deep yellow rose, leaves … it was just very abstract in my mind. Not having made roses since my class a year earlier, I wasn't entirely sure I could do it, but … I did!
Unfortunately, I didn't have the brains to take photos of the process. It really was kind of a struggle, though. The edges of my rose petals were incredibly jagged. I know a little bit makes it look more "natural" but this was AWFUL. It was hot in the kitchen so I thought the frosting consistency was wrong. I tried making it really soft. Didn't work. Tried really tight. Didn't work. FINALLY thought to go get a new rose tip. Mine was a tiny bit bent. Amazingly, that was the problem!
So … I made a bunch of yellow roses.
And then … I put them onto the newly frosted cupcakes and added tan leaves, burgundy flowers and green vining leaves. Um .. I may have gone a little crazy. But they sure were pretty!
I was disappointed in my Snickers cupcakes. They tasted perfect, but I topped them with chocolate trees trimmed with fall colored leaf sprinkles. I couldn't think of any way to frost the cupcakes with seriously gooey caramel, so I simply pushed the tree into the top of the cupcake and sprinkled a few leaves on top. Also … I didn't take the height into consideration. When we started putting them in my smaller cupcake stands, they were too tall and we ended up having to almost place them flat on top. Thank goodness the cupcake was universally loved!
Here are the steps for the trees: