Wedding Cupcake Taste Test

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“Friday was fun!” Lilly exclaimed when I asked her what we should write about this past Friday.

What was fun about it? Well, it was a day completely consumed by sugar. I spent 11 hours in the kitchen with one of our neighbor girls as my helper and we baked up 6 different cupcakes and frostings as well as garnishes for a wedding taste test I was having on Saturday.

Here’s what we created:

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Candied Walnuts

Candied Lemon Peel

  Candied Lemon Peel 

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnut Garnish

 

 

Pink Lemonade Cupcake with Pink Lemonade Frosting and Candied Lemon Peel Garnish

  Pink Lemonade Cupcake with Pink Lemonade Frosting and Candied Lemon Peel Garnish

Devil's Food Cake Cupcake with a Cookie Dough Center, Cookie Dough Frosting and Mini Chocolate Chips and Cookie Garnish

  Devil’s Food Cake Cupcake with a Cookie Dough Center, Cookie Dough Frosting and Mini Chocolate Chips and Cookie Garnish

Devil's Food Cake Cupcake with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Center, Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting and Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Sauce Garnish

Devil’s Food Cake Cupcake with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Center, Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting and Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Sauce Garnish

Devils Food Cake Cupcake with Mini Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Truffle Buttercream and Pink Nonpariel Garnish

Devils Food Cake Cupcake with Mini Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Truffle Buttercream and Pink Nonpariel Garnish

 

Classic White Cake with a Vanilla Buttercream and White Nonpareil Garnish

Classic White Cake with a Vanilla Buttercream and White Nonpareil Garnish

Small Sample Cut Cake Divided in Half with Two Options.

Small Sample Cut Cake Divided in Half with Two Options.

All of the Choices

All of the Choices

 

It was quite a day of baking and by 11pm I was ready for a few beers. I could not have done it all in one day without the energy and enthusiasm from my little helper. She rocks! Love her.

The cupcake taste testing went over well with the soon-to-be bride and groom as well as with our family and friends that have been in and out of the house this weekend. So, what was the crowd favorite? I think an overwhelming majority of cupcake taste testers liked the peanut butter cup cupcakes and it was one that the bride and groom picked as well. The other two that we’ll make next month for their wedding will be the carrot cake and the pink lemonade. I’m happy that they all turned out as well as they did and I’ve certainly been eating left overs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the past two days. Out of the 5 dozen cupcakes that were made there are only about 6 left plus the small cake that hasn’t been touched yet. It’s just about lunch time so that’s about to change!

Of course, when you’re baking for 11 hours not everything runs smoothly. We did have one botched batch of cupcakes but it wasn’t the baker’s fault. I have a temperamental oven and it decided to turn off in the middle of baking my favorite chocolate-chocolate chip cupcake.

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Despite their sunken look they still tasted yummy so we salvaged the cake and I mixed it with some leftover peanut butter buttercream. Now it’s sitting in my fridge for me for whenever my inner fat kid starts to get ornery, which is often.

So what’s your favorite cupcake flavor? I’m itching to make something new.

Cheers!

 

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