I may have mentioned already that when we get married next September, we’ve decided to forgo a cake and will go for cupcakes instead. In a bid to save money, I plan to bake them myself (with some help from friends, maybe?). I may still change my mind and decide to chuck money at the problem if it all gets too stressful nearer the time, but at the moment I’ve been having fun trying out different flavours and different types of icing.
So here’s a few I made earlier and have tested out on my friends and colleagues.
Pistachio with cream cheese icing. I loved these but the response of others who tried them was mixed. I think it’s because pistachio is an acquired taste.
Lemon with strawberry meringue butter cream icing. People loved the icing, but it’s quite a faff to make as it involves beating the egg whites and sugar over heat and then letting it cool down.
Chocolate chip with chocolate butter cream icing. These were actually meant to be red velvet and I put tons of red food dye in, but you can hardly see it. I think it’s because I used natural colour. Next time it’s artificial all the way. Anyway, these were probably the most popular ones, and are closely in the running, but with a solid chocolate covering. The butter cream has to be applied at the last minute or it dries out, plus when it’s warm it goes everywhere, so it’s not really practical for making 80 of them the day before.
Orange and lemon with simple icing sugar icing. The same recipe as the strawberry meringue ones, but with the added zest of two oranges. This kind of icing is the most practical, because you can prepare it in advance and it’s solid so they’ll be easy to transport. It doesn’t of course taste of anything. But it would look great with some heart shaped red sprinkles, assuming such a thing exists.
These raspberry muffins aren’t part of the wedding practice, I made these for Dave’s birthday in May, but I hadn’t posted the picture, so here you are.
I also made some bannoffee and cinnamon ones with toffee frosting, which I didn’t take a picture of. They were delicious, though more muffin like and possibly not suitable given that both banana and cinnamon are flavours that not everyone likes.
What is your favourite cupcake? Any recommendations for what to make that most people should like? oh, and any recommendations for a good vegan recipe?