Thursday, February 11, 2010

cake and polka dots

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.


SG said...

Mmm sounds delish! We are having cake but that's because I'm obsessed with cake. I can't wait!

Vee said...

I know this was not the connection I was supposed to make, but after reading about wedding cupcakes and then seeing that plastic figurine, my first thought was to picture it was a wedding cake topper and I laughedddd!!!! Oh how I laughed. That would be awesome.

Jess said...

I'm cracking up at this post!! I'm going to bake pies for our wedding, so I don't think you're crazy at all. I considered making cupcakes, but I knew that it'd be a lot to do pies and cupcakes and there's a bakery in town that my mom and I love, so I think we're going to get 2 or 3 1-tiered cakes, plus my pies. I can't wait to see what kind of cupcakes you come up with!

P.S. I'm a purple girl too, and I AM doing my whole wedding in purple! Technically, our colors are purple and gray, but my fiance knew there was no fighting me on the purple- hahaha! :)

Miss C said...

Same here, totally thought of speedo man as a cake topper! Perhaps for the hens night? Hehehe.

We're having cupcakes too (in Ireland), red velvet. We're going to have a production line set up in Groomie's parents' kitchen :)

I also want to buy that book now...

Anonymous said...

I totally want a plasticky Speedo man now too.
I wanted to have a cake table instead of the traditional wedding cake (I hate wedding cake).
My best friend's words: "Jesselyn, your wedding is not a bake sale!!!"

sera said...

if you really decide to make cupcakes, consider making them in advance and freezing them. you can just frost them the day of (or the day before) and you'll be good to go. do a test run first though.
my mom did this with our baby cheescakes and they turned out fantastic!

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