I was called upon to make the wedding cake for my sister’s wedding which I gladly accepted. The bride and groom chose to have wedding cupcakes instead of a traditional cake, which I was more than happy about as it made life a lot easier in the run up to the wedding!
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I started out, a week before the wedding, cutting heart shapes from black and red fondant so that they could dry out.
The day before the wedding I whipped up several bowls of cupcake batter so that I could make the 100 cupcakes needed – half vanilla and half chocolate.
Once all cooled, I topped with a swirl of either red or white buttercream. Some were sprayed with silver food spray, and they were all sprinkled with food glitter.
I then added the hearts in different patterns until they were all done! I think they looked lovely, my sister and brother-in-law loved them, and I was complimented on the look and taste of the cupcakes on the wedding day – very proud!
The top tier was a 6″ fruit cake, bought, ready iced from the supermarket, and I attached a black ribbon around the base to make it tie in with the colour theme. They bought a handmade topper with their initials.
The catering staff put the cupcakes out and it was wonderful to see the cupcakes displayed on the stand!
For the cupcakes
- 335g unsalted butter, softened
- 335g caster sugar
- 335g self-raising flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 6 eggs
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream icing
- 500g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 500g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp milk or lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- food colouring (optional)
- food glitter (optional)
- toppers (optional)
- Preheat oven to 175C/Gas 4.
- Place 24 cupcake cases into tins.
- Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3 minutes until smooth, pale and fluffy.
- Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. (see notes above)
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden and risen.
- Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
To make the buttercream
- Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
- Slowly sift in the icing sugar until combined.
- Whisk in the milk (or lemon juice) and vanilla extract. Then add a few drops of food colouring at a time to get the desired shade. Add some food glitter to the mix too.
- You should find that the buttercream will form stiff(ish!) peaks and can be used in a piping bag.
- Only decorate the cupcakes when they are completely cool.
- Place some of the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle attached (don't overfill the bag) and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.
- Sprinkle with more food glitter or sprinkles.
- Add a topper if desired.