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A Camera-less Post about Cupcake August 2, 2010

My camera just stopped working a little over a week ago so I haven’t been able to take photos of my wedding crafts. Let me assure you, there’s been a lot, all involving ribbon. My new camera is supposed to arrive today so look out for new posts including lots of photos in the near future.

In the mean time, I’ll tell you about my cake. We wanted (well, more like I wanted) to serve cupcakes in place of a wedding cake. There’s no worry about slicing it, plating it is simple, and they look adorable. One of the biggest perks that we found when looking into cupcakes was the cost. Traditional cakes seem to run about $3-4.50 per person, whereas cupcakes are usually about $1-2 each. We went with a marble cupcake with chocolate ganache filling for $1.50 each.

Another surprise I found was that there weren’t significant savings at the grocery store bakery. The first place we tried was an upscale grocery store. They didn’t ask us anything about the wedding, they had very few flavor options, a big delivery charge, no cake stands (which would have meant we’d have to buy one,) the portion sizes were either huge or tiny (nothing in between,) and the prices were rather high. I definitely didn’t feel like we were in the right place while we were talking to the woman there.

We tried out an independent bakery and knew right away that it was the right place. As soon as we said we were looking for a wedding cake, the woman asked us pertinent questions and was able to make recommendations. Their cupcakes were a decent size and there were plenty of flavor possibilities. On top of that, the delivery charge is only $10 and they’ll provide a cupcake stand to borrow free of charge. This all adds up to big savings for us, a minimum of $120 actually.

We’re also getting an 8″ cutting cake in the same flavor; it’s a compromise because my future MIL isn’t a fan of the cupcake idea, plus we’ll have space for the homemade topper from a past blog entry and we can get some nice cake-cutting photos. That cake with ganache filling only costs $20. Our quote (for 120 cupcakes, more than we’ll need) came to $210. I was expecting cakes to run closer to $400 so I’m very pleased with this.

Moral of the story is to shop around. Explain what you want, listen to what they can do, get a quote, and choose the bakery you feel confident with. Also, don’t feel that you have to have a traditional cake. Untraditional cakes are cheaper and will be a bigger surprise to the guests. You can make a big visual impact without paying hundreds of dollars for glue-flavored fondant. Also, I’ve got to give a big shout-out to Vesta Bakery. The staff there is amazing, their work is delicious, and I am sooo glad that they are making our wedding cupcakes.


Cupcakes Just Got Cuter March 25, 2010

I love cupcakes. So does everyone else, apparently, they’re super trendy. I just found a way to display then that’s still original, adorable, and matches really well with the bunches of carnations I fell in love with (and documented in a previous post.) Feast your eyes on the cupcake bouquet:

Holy cow, how cute is the cupcake bouquet?

I just found Little Cakes, the makers of these cute little bouquets and the source of the photos. If my wedding was anywhere near Gaithersburg, MD, I would definitely look into getting them to make my cake. Alas, I just learned by wedding will be over 6 hours away from there (I Google-mapped it, just to be sure that I couldn’t have them.) Disappointing! They can even make a giant cupcake Cosmpolitan. Here, look at them all and drool. I think it might be worth a try to take a photo into a local bakery and see what they say about their ability to make such an arrangement.

Perhaps a couple of those bunches in white flower pots around a small cutting cake with our lopsided Fimo cake toppers… yes, I have the vision in my head. The cuteness of cupcakes, the ease of single serving sizes (no cutting!), the originality of any presentation other than the usual tiers of cupcakes made to look like a cake… yes, many are the perks. I just have a bad feeling that if it’s not executed well, it could end up on Cake Wrecks. It’s a constant fear of mine. Well, for now it’s a definite option.

Have you found any cupcake display options you love? I’m always up for looking at photos of cupcakes… I mean, doing research. It sounds better when I put it that way. Leave me some cupcake research links and photos in the comments section!