Bridal Shower #2

So, the time arose where I was to actually bake, frost, deliver, and present 75 cupcakes for my first official gig as a “baker” for my friend Kate and the bridal shower she was helping throw.  I am not in any way going to lie, that this was the scariest baking endeavor I was going to go through.  Firstly, because I didn’t want to disappoint my friend; secondly, because this bridal shower with it’s Tiffany theme depended on these cupcakes as dessert for the ladies; thirdly, because I didn’t want to fail on my first baking expedition.

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.

Here is my super professional decorating space:

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

The final product.  Tiffany bow on top and all!

Bridal Shower #1

As mentioned in my previous post about my trial run for the mother of all first gigs as a self-proclaimed “baker”, I had plenty of cupcakes leftover for friends and family.  Probably too many, but such is life.  So, I spread the joy, and gave them out, and this post begins with I pawned them off on the fiances family, a family with a serious sweet tooth.  It was at that moment that I got contracted for my actual chronologically first gig because it was 1 week before the other shower for Kate with the Tiffany’s theme.  My future mother-in-law was hosting a bridal shower for a good family friend and wanted the exact same cupcakes with white and pink frosting.  Off I went to my second trial run!  You think I would have it down by the time the Tiffany’s shower came around, but some things can never be accounted for, as you will see in my next post.

So the shower was on a smaller scale, but I still made around 50 cupcakes for it.  I was so thrilled with the outcome, and the presentation (thanks to my Mom’s idea) was spectacular.  I loved the cake plates and the alternating colors.  I truly don’t think I have been so impressed with a end result that looked semi-professional.  I think I will need to stock up on some cool looking cake plates for future displays like this one so I don’t have to steal my Mom’s.

I never knew how popular the Bailey’s cupcakes would become after my first trial run, but as you will also see in future posts, Bailey’s cupcakes are a huge hit!  I also think it is a nice pairing with a chocolate cupcake, to have something a little more flavorful than vanilla, and, a little Irish cream never hurt anyone :)  I was so thrilled that these were a hit, and they were for a fantastic bride-to-be so I was happy to get 1 bridal shower under my belt!
Look at the beautiful display!