Autumn Rose Wedding Cake

I had a fabulous night last night celebrating the wedding of my friend Corrie and her now (new) husband Jon. I have known Corrie for my entire life and am so glad that I still count her as a good friend. Our families have so made so many memories together, camping at Lake Michigan, swimming in her family's pool on many hot summer days, family vacations to Iowa, Kentucky and Florida together, and so much more. I was so excited when she asked if I would be willing to make a small cake for her and Jon to cut at their wedding. This was the perfect way for me to be a part of her special day!

It was so much fun to put this delicious cake together. If you've been following my blog, you might notice that this cake looks similar to the cake I made for my birthday last month. That was by design! On my birthday I decided to do a little test run of the cake I was thinking of making for her wedding. Happily my birthday cake turned out so well that I wasn't too nervous about how the wedding cake would turn out. I made the exact same recipe for the cake and frosting this time, but multiplied them both by 1.5 because I wanted three layers instead of two. It worked great! A beautiful triple layer chocolate cake covered it stunning fresh flowers. A fabulous cake to celebrate a fabulous couple!

Find the recipe for the cake and frosting HERE. If you want a triple layer cake like you see here, multiply all the ingredients by 1.5, use 3 cake pans instead of two and you'll be good to go!

Pink Cake Pops

At the end of this past summer, a friend an neighbor of mine approached Lara and I and asked us if we would be willing to make her cake pops for her wedding which was going to be in October. We said yes and were very excited to help her our. After making cupcakes for my cousin's wedding in May I felt prepared to try something new for another wedding. There was only one slight problem with all of this though, I had never made cake pops before. I wasn't too worried about it, I knew I could figure it out, but there was still some apprehension about the whole process. After doing a test run in August on cake pop making, I felt ready to go and just had to wait until October. In the end the whole process went very smoothly, and the cake pops turned out great. Congratulations Stacey!

In case you don't know, cake pops are basically cake that you destroy and then mush up with frosting, form into balls, place on a stick and dip into chocolate. It's not a complicated process, but it is time consuming and somewhat labor intense, well at least when you are making over 200 at one time it is! The nice thing about cake pops is that they keep very well for at least a week or two meaning you can make them ahead and not worry too much about them losing quality. Because they are full of frosting they are super moist, and once you dip them in the chocolate this moistness kind of gets sealed in, they don't dry out or loose flavor very quickly. This was nice for me because I didn't have to make them all in the one or two nights before the wedding, I actually started about two weeks before the wedding and was done several days before they were needed. This took some stress off of me which was very nice.

When it was all said and done I think I ended up with about 220 cake pops. There was a little bit of a learning curve with how to dip them in the chocolate, my first few weren't so pretty, but by the end I was a pro at it. Stacey wanted white cake with pink white chocolate and pink sanding sugar, all of which I ordered online. I really had no idea how much of the chocolate or the sugar I would need. In the end I used about 6 pounds of the white chocolate and 2 pounds of sanding sugar total, and this was for cake pops that were 30 grams each.

To be honest, I never could have done this all alone. Having a built in baking partner at home was a must for this project. Trying to study the anatomy of the head and neck and make 200 cake pops all alone would have been difficult. But with a partner, it wasn't so bad at all! Thanks Lara, we make a good team!

After dipping, letting the chocolate dry

All lined up, ready to wrap

200 cake pops later

Cake pops, the perfect wedding favor

Simple White Cake
Adapted from Annie Eats

  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2¾ cups (11 oz.) cake flour, sifted
  • 1½ cups (10.5 oz) sugar
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 12 tbsp. (¾ cup) butter, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. In a liquid measuring cup, combine ¼ cup of the whole milk, egg whites,  and vanilla extract. Whisk to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix briefly on low speed to combine, about 30 seconds.

Add in the butter and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles wet sand, about 30 seconds. Mix in the remaining ¾ cup of milk, then increase the speed to medium and beat for about 90 seconds more. 

With the mixture on low speed, add the egg white mixture in three additions, mixing for about 20 seconds after each addition. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Pour the batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Wedding Cupcakes (Part 2)

After Day 1 of making wedding cupcakes I was super excited to start on day two. Frosting and decorating cupcakes is the most fun part of the whole process. Taking a squat little cake and covering it in a beautiful layer of buttery, sugary goodness and adding a few decorative touches to finish them off makes me smile. They can be so beautiful. As day two dawned, I was ready to go!

The whole day turned out beautifully, the weather was perfect, the ceremony was lovely, and the reception was fun and enjoyable, an all around good time. And of course, one of the highlights of the night was dessert! :)

The finished product, at the reception

On the day of the wedding, I was alone in the house for a few hours, and my morning consisted of making something like 10 batches of frosting (this is a time when an industrial sized mixer would have come in quite handy). That was really the time consuming part. Once that was out of the way it was a cinch to fill the pastry bags and pipe the frosting on the top of the cupcakes. By that time Lara was back and we flew through the decorating. It is always so exciting to see the finished product, especially when they turn out just as well as you imagined.

Lots and lots of frosting!

Piping it all on 

We made it to the reception in one piece, all of the cupcakes intact, no big accidents thank goodness. Whoever was in charge of the dessert tables had done a beautiful job laying out platters and stands for the cupcakes. Hanging up behind the sweets were the wedding dresses from all four of my cousin's grandmas along with photos of those four brides in their wedding dresses. The dresses hung down onto the table creating a beautiful tablecloth of sorts. The whole display was gorgeous, the perfect back drop for the cupcakes. 

Another shot of the beautiful table

The Cupcakes

 Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Classic White Cupcakes

A cute sign Lara made to help people 

with their difficult dessert decision

Just some more pictures of the table


It all looked so pretty

There was also a candy table

This beautiful bride (with a reflection right on 

her face, sorry) is my grandma

Just a couple more pretty pictures

So fun and pretty

The cupcake bakers with the bride at the end of the night, what a wonderful time we all had!

The whole process was fun and pretty much went without a hitch. We managed to do it all in just two rather full days of baking and decorating. It took a lot of time, but was still very doable. I managed to jot down a few things that I learned through this whole thing:

  • Have double the number of pans that you are going to bake together. For example, we baked 30 cupcakes at a time, so it was great that we had enough pans so that we could get another batch of 30 filled and ready for the oven while the first batch baked. This cut down on the time a lot. 
  • Have two bowls for your stand mixer. This way you can have a clean on ready to go if you need it and don't have to waste time washing the same one over and over. We actually had two Kitchen Aid mixers, but found that while it wasn't really necessary to have two mixers, having the two bowls was a big help. 
  • You really need a stand mixer. While it would be physically possible to make this many cupcakes without a stand mixer, I wouldn't try it. It would take forever and be a mess.
  • Make sure you have something to store and carry your cupcakes in. I ordered some plastic cupcake holders online that were not that expensive and they were worth it. I didn't have to worry about how to transport them without falling over, or where to store them until they were needed. And, when the night is over, you don't have to worry about getting all of you own plastic containers back, you can just throw them away. 

Wedding Cupcakes (Part 1)

Last week, my family and I got to celebrate the marriage of my cousin Bailey. It was a gorgeous outdoor wedding with perfect weather, an all around wonderful day. What made this wedding extra exciting for me though was the fact that Lara and I were in charge of making all of the cupcakes for the reception. It all started shortly after Bailey got engaged. She approached us with the idea of making a couple different kinds of cupcakes to serve at the reception. Of course Lara and I jumped at the opportunity. The three of us often get together to do some baking and hang out, so it was fun to be able to bake for her on such a large scale on her special day. In this post and the next I'll share some pictures, thoughts, and ideas about baking cupcakes for a wedding, or any other large group.

240 of the 274 cupcakes we ended up making, waiting for the big day

Bailey decided that she wanted three different kinds of cupcakes at her wedding. Two of them we had made together previously and had loved, so it was a no brainer to use them for her wedding. In addition she wanted just a plain white cupcake too, something simple and familiar. With that all figured out the cupcake menu was as follows:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
Classic White Cupcakes

It was a good mix of flavors, a little something for everybody. Bailey's wedding colors were coral and green, so the light pink frosting of the cherry limeade cupcakes and the light green we decided to color the frosting of the white cupcakes were a beautiful and fitting way to finish off the meal.

This was by far the most cupcakes I have ever made at one time. Last fall Lara and I made around 120 cupcakes for some friends, but this was over double that. Since the wedding was on Friday afternoon, we decided to bake all of the cupcakes on Thursday, and make the frosting and frost the cupcakes on Friday morning. It was a lot of baking and frosting in two days, but it all went really well. I would definitely do it in two days again if I am able. We thought about making the cupcakes ahead and freezing them, but since we had the time to do it all the day before, we thought that would be the better option. Fresh cake is always the best!

Just getting started, tons of flour, sugar, eggs and butter, not to mention two Kitchen Aids

Another view of all the ingredients, it was good to have plenty of counter space

That's right, 16 pounds of butter, don't worry about it, just accept it!

It was very nice to have a pair of mixers, but the best part was having more than one mixing bowl, that saved a ton of time

In the midst of baking

Just keep filling those muffin tins

Part way through the baking, cooling the cakes

Lots of cupcake liners

We had a few casualties, but nothing too horrible thank goodness! For the next installment of Wedding Cupcakes, Click Here