I love cupcakes. Next to Mr. FP and my dog, they're probably my favorite thing in the world. So I guess it's no surprise that we've chosen to have cupcakes at our wedding instead of a traditional cake. Clearly, we're not the first ones to make this nontraditional choice. In fact, I'm pretty sure wedding cupcakes are well of their way to being a classic, but nonetheless, we were still met with criticism and doubt when certain family members caught on to this.
I think we horrified my just-celebrated-their-50th-wedding-anniversary grandparents with this announcement. But that's okay, my Grampy is a sugar fiend so I know he'll like them.
My parents seemed on board with the idea until my mother found out that I want to make them myself instead of hiring a baker. Haha, that did not go over well. Since that announcement, every time I bring up cake, she tries to convince me to hire someone as she looks up online ads for bakers in our area. She thinks I won't be able to get the icing nice and pretty like real bakers do. Um, who the hell cares? Is forking over $300 for cupcakes simply because they'll have pretty icing really worth it? We think not.
On the plus side, I'm confidant in my abilities because I've always loved to bake. And because as long as there's some carrot cake and the cupcake tower is topped with Mario and Peach figurines, I know Mr. FP will be thrilled.
So I invested in Martha's book Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat and I have to say, it was definitely worth $20. I haven't tried out any recipes yet so it might be premature to fall in love with it, but there's so many amazing recipes and ideas that I couldn't help it. Thankfully, I have 4 months before the wedding to try out tons of recipes and figure out which ones we'll have at the wedding. At that point, hopefully I'll do a book review to give you a better idea of what it's really like.
With gems like "Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes", "Streusel Cupcakes", "Blueberries-and-Cream Cupcakes", it's taken all my willpower to stop myself from gnawing on the book.
And what's even better than good-tasting cupcakes? Good-looking cupcakes! That's right, I'm superficial like that. And thanks to Etsy seller HeyYoYo, our cupcakes are gonna be styling.
We love them so much and they were so cost effective (150 liners for under $10) that I couldn't resist. If I'd had my way, all the cupcakes at our wedding would be purple. Hell, our whole wedding would be purple if I had my way all the time. Unfortunately, silly ol' Mr. FP had to reign me in, remind me that he was a boy (or more accurately, in his words, that he "doesn't have a vagina") and say that he'd rather have a variety of colors. Okay, fine.
In exchange for his insistence on toning down my obsession with purple, I bought a little something extra from HeyYoYo (seriously, check out her store, she's got some great stuff) and named him after Mr. FP. Now he sits on my desk in all his naked glory, looking nothing like his namesake (sorry sweetie, but you don't even own a speedo), but making me laugh all the time.
Revenge is sweet. And, in this case, plastic.