Weddings are full of events from engagement parties to bridal showers, and when considering dessert options, don’t forget that there was never a more perfect way to celebrate than the cupcake.
But if you’ve ever been quoted a price for a big batch of specialty cupcakes, you know that it’s no small investment. Lucky for you, cupcakes are cheap to make and easy to customize for your DIY engagement party! I gave it a try, and here’s what I learned.
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Step 1: Get organized
This may seem obvious, but organizing your space and making a plan for time will help keep your kitchen a stress-free zone. Plan on several hours for baking with ample time for cooling (totally necessary to prevent frosting from melting off!)
Pre-measuring ingredients and setting up a logical flow to your baking space will also save time and prevent confusion during baking.
Another way to avoid being completely overwhelmed is to have a helper. Someone who can help with dishes, keep you company, and help you stay on task is worth so much!
Step 2: Choose an easy, uncomplicated backup recipe
Source: Brown Eyed Baker
I chose one safe recipe and one that was a bit more adventurous. I knew that if the fun and whimsical cupcakes didn’t work out, I’d have a safe fallback.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate cake in any form, so I went with that one first. I chose a simple recipe that included freshly brewed coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor, but you could easily do without and just go straight chocolate.
Make a test batch beforehand so you’re sure they’ll turn out perfectly. This is a good time to test baking times since most ovens vary in temperature.
Step 3: Keep cupcakes easily transportable
If you’re baking in a location that’s different from where your DIY engagement party will take place, don’t forget cupcake boxes. Cupcakes are portable, but boxes that allow for a little bit of extra space on top for frosting make a big difference!
Step 4: Make the bride & groom feel special
I piped frosting onto my homemade cupcakes with a special pastry bag and frosting tip made for some beautiful desserts. By adding coordinating sprinkles, I made their wedding colors pop even more!
Practice on a couple of extra cupcakes before you begin, and don’t be afraid to scoop the frosting off the cupcake and back into the piping bag if you have any trouble. It’s easy to make your homemade cakes look professional — it just takes the right tools and a little practice.
Step 5: Don’t forget to have fun with it
Photo by Samantha Provenzano
I wanted to get a little adventurous and make some champagne cupcakes. I loved the recipe I chose, and was delighted that the champagne reduction I made helped the frosting really taste like champagne. It was so easy to whip up another batch after I made my chocolate cupcakes, and they were a huge hit!