The baking started on Friday night. I was trying to get all of the cupcakes baked, so that I could frost them on Saturday morning before the delivery and spend enough time on frosting/decorations and packing up the car for the 35+ minute (what should have been 20 minutes) voyage. Traveling by car with your hard work in the trunk and a new cupcake stand is very nerve-wracking.
So, to start the mayhem, I was making the chocolate cupcakes, and the Bailey’s cupcakes. The Bailey’s ones came out beautifully and without a hitch (once I had my Dad run out to get me a huge bottle of Bailey’s because I had left mine at home.) The chocolate, not so much. The tops of the cupcakes bubbled over the cupcake tin and burned on to it, and then they were stuck and lopsided looking. I was less than pleased and under a lot of stress. My Mom and fiancé tried valiantly to pry these cupcakes off of the tin to salvage, but it was a disaster. So, back to the drawing board, and I had to find a chocolate cupcake recipe STAT to bake and hope that they looked better for round 2. Luckily, they came out much better and I will never use the chocolate cupcake recipe that bubbles over and burns again.
Then came Saturday morning, where I was to make the buttercream frosting in Tiffany blue, frost all 75 cupcakes, and decorate with candy pearls and sprinkles. The frosting took longer than it had the first time I ran through my practice run, but it came out looking like the elegant Tiffany blue was supposed to. I quickly frosted all of the cupcakes, decorated them, and packed them up for the voyage.
The car trip was possibly the most stressful time of my life. My Mom drove, while I tried to keep the cupcake stand upright and keep an eye on the cupcakes in the trunk of the Jeep. Stressful!
Nevertheless, we made it to the church hall to deliver the cupcakes. My Mom is the creative one so I brought her along for the delivery. She can make a mountain out of a molehill, in a good way! They came out beautifully and I was very proud of my first “gig and delivery.” And I think the shower guests were very pleased with the cupcakes. I even heard that women were fighting for the leftover cupcakes ;P