Thursday, August 19, 2010

Taking the cake

Childlike and delightful, wedding cupcakes are gaining popularity and beginning to surpass their traditional, multi-tiered counterparts. Bakeries are increasingly getting more and more requests for the dessert that lets everyone feel like a kid again. On average, cupcakes are not as expensive as big, elaborate wedding cakes, but don’t be fooled—the savings come at a cost. As many professional bakers have discovered, wedding cupcakes are just as much work, if not more, than the traditional cake, due to the high level of detail required for each individual cupcake. One way to save time would be to come up with a basic, yet elegant theme like a monogram of the bride and groom’s initials or using specialty cupcake wrappers. Some DIY and budget conscious brides have been electing to bake their own cupcakes as an alternative to dishing out top dollars for professionally created confections. Some brides have expressed concern that opting for individual cakes means foregoing the memorable cake-cutting tradition. Not to worry! Incorporating a small or mid-size cake in to the celebration assures photo-ops of the special moment, and even a chance to display a monogram or bride and groom cake-topper.

Specialty cupcake wrappers add touch of style to these tasty, little treats!

Wedding cupcakes are easy to transport and simple to assemble, and can be fashioned into an elegant display using cake stands, which can be purchased or rented.

If you are pressed for time and working within a budget, but would still like your guests to enjoy the nostalgic feeling of unwrapping a cupcake, you might consider dressing up store-bought cupcakes with decorative and stylish cupcake wrappers. Should you wish to offer your guests something more traditional, keep your budget in check by baking your own cake. This seems intimidating to most brides and certainly is a sizeable commitment but with determination (and a little research) it can be a sweet success! Remember, when and doubt, ask for help and most importantly, practice, practice, practice! It’s the best way to ensure there are no surprises when it comes to the final thing and friends and family won’t mind the fringe benefits of your hard work, either!

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