Post # 1
I like the idea of cupcakes instead of the traditional wedding cake. I want to make my own cupcakes with the help of some family for the big day, but everyone says that im crazy and should just go to the bakery and order a cake instead. Making 250 cupcakes cant be too challenging can it?
So i guess my question is to you is for those who made cupcakes for your wedding or plan on taking this route…how are planning on doing it, and what mistakes have you run into or heard of thus far?
Thanks In Advance 🙂
Post # 3
Hmmm I think making 250 cupcakes fit for a wedding would take more time than what you might be anticipating. I certainly don’t think you’re crazy for wanting to do something different, though. If you don’t want a traditional cake, don’t do it! I would look into having them made for you. This way, you spare yourself the hassle AND you know that they will look fantastic!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
My Mom volunteered to make cupcakes- one issue we ran into was that the venues may not allow it. One venue flat out said no to food that’s not from an approved caterer, another said it had to be made in a commercial kitchen (the kitchen would have been inspected by the health department). If we go that route, Mom’s going to our church to make them, versus making them at home.
We were looking to do cupcakes to save costs- neither of us are desert people, so we might end up with a cake from BJs, if we can.
Post # 5
@mrssnyder13: Logistically speaking thats like 20 batches of cupcakes. Are you planning on doing this in one oven the day before? If you do two batches (of 12) at a time in one oven, thats 3 hours and 20 minutes of baking, if you’re extremely efficient. Personally I would lose concentration and burn half of them, but thats because I’m a lousy cook. I would do a trial run and bake lots of extras, in case you burn them or mess up the icing or something. Also, did you want to save the top layer of your cake for your 1 year anniversary? Would you save a couple cupcakes instead?
ETA: I’m not trying to discourage you, its just more than I could take on the day before the wedding.
Post # 6
I think if you had a stand mixer and two ovens it wouldn’t be that bad, but consider that the few days before the wedding you will be tying up tons of loose ends and running around like crazy. Maybe you could enlist a couple family members to each 5-7 dozen of a particular flavor. So maybe your aunt does chocolate, your sister does red velvet, and your family friend does vanilla or something. I wouldn’t suggest trying to do all of it yourself right before the wedding though.
Post # 7
My SIL made ours, but she’s an amateur baker–well, she has done several non-friends so I guess she’s not entirely amateur. I’d had her cupcakes many times and always loved them so I knew she could do it.
I think if you want to make that happen that you should make it the job of someone you trust and do several test batches, with all the decorations just to make sure you’re happy. It’s a lot of work and a lot of things can go wrong so you need to make sure you work out the kinks beforehand.
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Post # 9
My mom and I made cupcakes for my niece’s first communion, we had about 75 / 80 and 3 of us were finished in about 3 hours…half of them had buttercream roses or rosebuds, half had a swirly top (my older niece did the swirls while we did the roses). We baked the cupcakes on Thursday, decorated on Friday and served Saturday. We’ve since figured out a few tricks to make the frosting of the cupcakes flatter and quicker, so it may take even less time now. I did 2 dozen myself with rosebuds and dots a few months ago and was done in about an hour. If you have help and are willing to do a swirly top for the frosting, it will save a bunch of time, although you might be so busy the week of the wedding you may not have a chance. I’d do a test batch now, and see what happens to them when frozen (taste, texture, looks, etc.) to see how far ahead you could bake them and freeze them and still have them taste OK. Here’s some pics of our cupcake project, keep in mind the little girl we made them for requested tie-dyed and her favorite color is orange…hence the funky colors LOL.
Post # 10
You know you can freeze cupcakes and they stay fresh-seeming?! I’d go that route to save the money. Definitely do a trial-run though to see if it’s feasable.
Post # 11
My Mum made our cupcakes. We tried decorating them with red glitter but the colour ran into the butter icing so don’t try that. This was the finished result
Post # 12
Cupcake towers are great, we’re doing that for our wedding too 🙂
Post # 13
My soon to be sister-in-law made about that many cupcakes for her wedding (I wanna say Italian Creme or something similar)! She had about 5-6 of the ladies volunteer to help her, & was able to use 2 kitchens as a friend lived nearby. They had alot of fun making them the night before the wedding, kinda used it as her hen party night. It did take them quite a few hours in both places but in the end no-one would know the cupcakes were homemade & not from a bakery. The only issue she had was later on in the night the frosting started getting melty & messy from the humidity & heat from outside, something to think about if you’re having it outside or in high heat/humid weather.
Post # 14
I plan on making my own cupcakes – about 300 in total. 5 or 6 of us are going to go to my FMIL’s house Thursday to bake, then back Friday to decorate. With her double oven and 3-4 KitchenAid mixers between us I don’t think it will take too long.
Post # 15
I love the idea of cupcakes! I think we’re going to end up with both a cake and cupcakes b/c Fiance and I just love the idea of cupcakes and really want them, but Future Mother-In-Law is a baker and has a vision for what she’d like to make as a wedding cake for us – so we’re doing both (I *love* the idea of mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors surrounding the main cake hehe).
Other PP have pretty much summed it up, but I’d definitely make sure your venue doesn’t have any rules around food being brought in from outside (and let them know exactly what you plan to do) and do a trial-run beforehand/recruit some helpers.
I think it’s definitely doable!
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL
were doing cupcakes too 🙂 but we ordered ours from our local grocery store at .69 each…for 200 cupcakes and a small 6″ cake (for cutting and pics) it was less than 180.00