Post # 1
I would really like to personally make cupcakes to substitute for a wedding cake at our wedding. I know it would be time consuming but it would save several hundreds of dollars and I think they’re really cute.
My fiance and his mother think I’m crazy. They think I should forget about doing any DIY projects the week of the wedding. They think it will be too much stress and frantically trying to get things done. (His mom has helped his sister with DIY projects for her wedding ten years ago.) I think it’s a smart (we’re on a really tight budget) and fun idea, especially since my mom and two bridesmaids will be helping me make them.
What do you think?
Post # 3
I have to agree with your mom and FI. You need to be as stress free as possible the week prior to your wedding. I sure don’t want to be making hundreds of cupcakes in the days leading up to my wedding. For me, the stress alone would not be worth it, but if you think you are up to it, then more power to you.
Post # 4
I know the last thing I would be able to deal with the day before my wedding is baking hundreds of cupcakes. Are you having a rehearsal dinner the night before? Have you really considered how much time it would take/when you would bake? If you’ve thought out all the logistics and are still ok with it then go for it.
Post # 5
Could you make the cupcakes in advanced and freeze them? I also think buttercream can be frozen so that could be made in advanced too. Then the only thing you would need to do would be to pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. Just an idea!
Post # 6
This is the last week before my wedding and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Even though everything is basically done small things keep coming up. If possible, I would just purchase them or have your bridal party be in charge of making all of them (not sure how that would go). Basically, have someone other than you doing it would be good.
Post # 7
Babyboo is right, you can freeze that stuff! Make a batch now and freeze them. Defrost them in a week and see how you like the taste. If freezing them doesn’t bother you, then keep going. If you don’t want to freeze them, then you might want to rethink it, because you seriously won’t have time to do this the day before your wedding. (If you want an easy and delicious recipe that isn’t from scratch, go to your grocery store and hunt down this stuff called “Dream Whip”. It’s usually in the baking aisle near the pie stuff. There are directions on the box for how to make a “Dream cake” and it is seriously hands down my favorite cake recipe, and I’ve tried tons!)
You can also make a really easy (but tasty) buttercream up to a week in advance and keep it in the fridge. Use 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, 4 tablespoons of milk (or better yet heavy cream) and 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla if you want an easy but tasty recipe. Just set it at room temp. for a couple hours before you actually frost. Then get yourself a couple of big star tips (you can get them at a craft store) and you and whoever else will be able to frost them in under an hour.
Transportation will be a major issue, I’ll tell you that straight up. You will need some sort of carriers for them. Most cupcake carriers claim to hold 24 because they have a rack that holds them on two levels (12 and 12) but the second level is usually too short if you frost them pretty, and will smush all your hard work. So realistically you will need to either do 12 per carrier or find some other sort of boxes or pans to transport them in. Then you need to make sure you have enough trunk space to carry them all, without them moving around. So that can be a pain.
Provided you are ok with all that, I think it is a realistically possible project. However you will need the assistance and support of others in your wedding, so if you think your mother or bridal party are so opposed to the idea that they won’t help you might be out of luck 🙁 Let us know what you decide and how it goes!
Post # 8
Thanks for the recipe and the tips! They’re really helpful. I was concerned about transportation too. I was thinking of maybe baking the cupcakes and then taking them to the venue maybe three days before the wedding and then just putting the icing on there if they would let us store them at the venue. I know they have tons of fridge and freezer space there as they have a huge kitchen at the venue (bigger than most restaurants I’ve seen). I know my mom and two bridesmaids would be more than happy to help but I’m pretty positive that no one on my fiance’s side is going to be willing to mess with it. His mom is very easily stressed out and worn out.