Post # 1
We are having cupcakes instead of wedding cake….I am wondering when they should be iced? The day of the wedding/day before/ALSO we have edible butterflies to put on the cupcakes…should these be put on at the time of the reception or the day before? Wondering if anyone has done this and if the colour from the wings bled into the icing? I imagine we should leave it until the last minute but anyone have experience with this? Thanks!!
Post # 3
@lifegirl: I’m assuming you are DIYing your cupcakes? IF you have cold storage for them then I would ice them once they are cool shortly after they are baked. If you don’t have cold storage for them I would be worried about the icing maybe melting so I would wait as long as possible. My SIL did her own cupcakes the night before her wedding, baked them, let them sit for 2-4 hours to cool, then iced & put them in the fridge….
Post # 4
@lifegirl: ditto was PP said.
As for the edible butterflies, as a baker myself, I would put them on the day of. They are made out of sugar, so they will start to dissolve into the frosting. Unless you are doing a royal icing, and you have them in storage, you may be able to get away with it
Post # 5
@lifegirl: Why don’t you do a test batch and see?
Post # 6
@BeckyS0: a pp said- if you have cool storage definitely the day before, if not the day of.
As for the butterfly- you will need to make 1 cup cake test run to know for sure, if the dye will run, ALSO you will need to know if the butterfly will stick to icing that has been exposed to air for 24 (depending on what icing you plan on using, some icings loose their stickiness when exposed to air, while other frostings will be OK).
Post # 7
Thank you so much everyone! I will ice them the day before and put the butterflies on the day of!…I am not doing a test run…cannot be bothered with that. I will be using a buttercream or cream cheese type icing so I think they will stick the day of:) I have hired a couple of people for the kitchen so will get the girls to decorate them while we are having the ceremony.
Post # 8
We bought our cupcakes… But they were made and iced the day before and my dad picked them up that evening from the shop. They were left in cool-room temperature overnight I believe. The icing did not melt at all – not even being out all day in a warmish room on the day-of.
Do a test batch and see if they are okay at room temperature overnight. I’d be a bit cautious of refrigerating them overnight after being iced… Icing typically is a little finicky… Check/ask the Wilton forums: http://www.wilton.com/forums/ as someone there is bound to know and give you some good advice 🙂
Oh! and as another poster mentioned about sticking the butterflies to the icing on the day… Buttercream DOES crust. That is – it dries out a bit and is no longer sticky on the surface after being exposed to air for about 0.5-3 hours (depends on the exact icing recipe you’re using). So be aware if you chose to put the butterflies on later, you will need a little “dot” of fresh icing to stick them to probably. Also, I have heard that Buttercream and Royal Icing do not play together nicely – heard that the oil in the Buttercream tends to “melt” (also discolour) the Royal Icing. So thats something to test out as well if your butterflies are made of Royal Icing… Acutally maybe test the butterflies “meltiness” with your chosed cupcake icing just incase anyways.
You can always use a dot of royal icing to stick it on maybe? Its not overly “sticky” so they may fall off, but I feel its perhaps less likely to melt sugar butterflies…
Basically just test it 😛
Post # 9
@EmeraldTiger: hmm..thanks for the info:) Will look into different types of icing:)