It’s high time we talk about cupcakes don’t you think? Because really, who doesn’t love a cupcake? They’re small single servings, a wide variety of flavors, they can be on-the-go-eating, and they’re cute.
All year long we sell seven different flavored cupcakes in our Bakeshop as well as various other locations in southeast Michigan. When the seasons change, so do our flavors (occasionally a few flavors remain because when you have winner it should stay!) Cupcakes are fun for us because they give us a chance to experiment and test out new flavors. We love coming up with different tasty buttercreams that can later be featured in normal production cakes or wedding cakes. Last fall was the first time we featured seven flavors and some of the highlights included two new stuffed cupcakes (buttermilk cupcakes filled with a rich dulce de leche and topped with salted caramel buttercream, and chocolate cupcakes filled with seedless raspberry preserves and topped with white chocolate buttercream) and a new chocolate hazelnut buttercream (for this, we roast hazelnuts and then ground them down into a hazelnut butter and then mix that with the chocolate buttercream—rich, creamy, and delicious.
Those three cupcake flavors were such a hit that we decided it was best to keep them and change the rest. We added on lemon buttercream and honey buttercream to our buttermilk cupcakes and did the classic combo of carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
So you get the idea. In the springtime we changed flavors again except for the lemon and honey because they certainly had a springy feel to them. Right now we have our Hummingbird cupcakes with cream cheese icing rolled in toasted coconut; coconut cupcakes filled with fresh lime curd and topped with rum buttercream; chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream (for the traditionalist!); chocolate cupcakes filled with vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream; and another chocolate cupcake that is filled with a dark chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter buttercream. In the end, we try to come up with unique and fun flavors with a range of traditional to trendy, rich to light, and everything in between.
But wait—that’s not all! We do so many custom cupcakes for baby showers, birthdays, and weddings.
These particular cupcakes all have individual decorations specifically designed for the colors of an “it’s a boy” baby shower. As you can see, we made mini bottles, clothespins, rattles, babies, trains each one designated a specific flavor.
Often times when we make cupcake trees (or towers they’re sometimes called) we make this little “key” to go with it. Like a key on a map it helps the guest determine which flavor of cupcake they would like based on the decorations on top. To do this, we size up sheet boards based on the size of the order, cover them in fondant and glue a ribbon around them, generally to match the cupcake tree or main décor. We always make an extra decoration for this key and then write in the flavor—and then Ta Da! The key is complete. We include these in cupcake orders (if they’re desired) because it’s an easy and fun way to share your flavors with your guests and making choosing a little easier. In this particular order the concept for Audrey’s Sweet 16 was black, white, and sparkly. Being very girly, we opted for bows and flowers, and a “16” for the cupcake decorations. We then built and designed the cupcake tree to fit the particular order—in this case, three tiers of cupcakes with a white “trunk” and black ribbon. The top tier was then fashioned with a silver dragées and a black bow. Fabulous way to turn 16!
Quite a few years ago cupcake weddings were the “in” thing. While that has certainly settled over the past few years, we are set to have at least six this summer. In fact, a couple weeks ago we had 3 in one weekend, which for us, was over 500 cupcakes going out in one day! Weddings are often, but not always, larger in size in terms of guest count compared to a birthday or shower celebration, therefore, they’re also larger in the size of the cupcake tree and the quantity of cupcakes. One of the fun things about cupcakes is the number of different flavors that people choose from. Depending on the size of your wedding you could really go all out (in consultations we help figure out what is a good quantity per individual flavor) and do 5-6 flavors or keep it simple and stick to 2-3 flavors. In the case of this wedding, the couple picked 4 very classic flavors each with a unique decoration that was part of their story. This is what they picked:
- Buttermilk cupcakes with raspberry buttercream with a little chocolate fondant football
- Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream with a painted anchor
- Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing with a painted hammer, and
- Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing with a painted stethoscope
They too also had a little 6” topper cake that was buttermilk cake with raspberry buttercream. And as much as we’d like to make claim to the bride and groom lobsters, as we do make many cute toppers, the bride and groom purchased these little guys.
There are so many wonderful flavors you can do with cupcakes. My favorite is our buttermilk cupcake filled with lemon curd and our fresh strawberry buttercream. What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?