Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Pros and Cons of The Wedding Cupcake Tree

Cupcake wedding cakes are the new trend, and it can add a conversational touch to an already enjoyable event. Your guests will appreciate the originality and if the bride chooses, the various flavors to choose from. The cupcake wedding cake is used, instead of a regular wedding cake. Sometimes a traditional cake is used for photos while the cupcakes are served to the guests. However in a true cupcake wedding cake there's usually at least one cake tier (or a separate cake) that is used for the cutting of the cake.

Here are some benefits of having a cupcake wedding cake.

  • A cupcake wedding cake is usually a cheaper option than a traditional cake.
  • Cupcake wedding cakes are easier to handle and not as messy.
  • Transporting cupcakes is a lot easier than carrying a large cake with multiple layers.
  • Cupcake wedding cakes can be assembled at the reception hall rather than at the bakery.
  • Since there are so many little cakes, you can actually have a lot of different flavors!
  • Because they're individually wrapped, the reception staff doesn't have to deal with plating up slices for each guest.
  • The cupcakes don't even have to be served. Each guest can pick a cupcake from the tower or "cupcake bar".
  • Cupcakes are also easier to carry home for the guest who would love a piece of cake, but would rather not eat it at the reception.
  • They could also be boxed up and used as favors.

And, you can use these adorable cupcakes holders I found ... beautiful aren't they?

"Butterflies" Laser-Cut Cupcake Holders (Set of 50)

If you're still deciding whether to serve cupcakes for dessert at your upcoming event, these enchanting "Butterflies" Cupcake Holders should help make up your mind! Perfect for spring, summer and ... more info.

"Seashells" Laser-Cut Cupcake Holders (Set of 50)

Cupcakes are the newest dessert craze at weddings these days, and a beach wedding is no exception. Kick your seaside gala up a notch by serving your nicely iced cupcakes in these "Seashells" Cupcake ... more info.

Hearts Awhirl! Laser-Cut Cupcake Holders (Set of 50)
Valentine's Day parties, weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners-any event where love takes center stage and cupcakes are being served-are perfect for presenting the ultimate in cupcake accessories! The "Hearts Awhirl!" Cupcake Holders add so much to your decor and your dessert table. The distinctive detail of the laser-cut design is sure to dazzle your guests and express your flair for style. The "Hearts Awhirl!" Cupcake Holders come in a set of 50.

Filigree Laser-Cut Cupcake Holders (Set of 50)

If you want to turn crowd-pleasing cupcakes into an elegant and classic dessert, simply serve them in these lovely "Filigree" Cupcake Holders to impress your guests and enhance the look of your table at your next event. Perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, bridal showers, tea and garden parties, Mother's Day parties and more, these elegant, white cupcake holders feature an exquisite laser-cut design that turns a simple cupcake into a luxurious treat. The cupcake
holders come in a set of 50. Easy assembly.

Some of us need a little help in the baking department. Thankfully, help is out there. My first suggestion... the Magnolia Recipes cookbook -- theyare the ones who put cupcakes on the fast track map. Located in New York-- they actually limit the number of cupcakes their customers can buy ... now if that isn't success... what is : ) ?More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen

More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home KitchenLocated in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, the near-shoebox-size Magnolia Bakery has
become a destination for lovers of all-things sweet. The reason? From the beginning its owner Allysa Torey and her staff have offered cakes (and particularly cupcakes), pies, and other pastries that are utterly unpretentious but deeply satisfying in a grandmother-would-have-made-it-if-she-could-have way. More from Magnolia Torey's second book, adds to her already impressive recipe roster 75 formulas that range from Pear Streusel Breakfast Buns, and Pumpkin Walnut Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting, to Chocolate Pecan Pudding Pie, and Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Included also are recipes for signature specialties like Magnolia's Chocolate Cupcakes and famous banana pudding, plus a section on frostings and sauces. All are easy to do, even for beginning bakers, and all have the straightforward Magnolia appeal. --Arthur Boehm More From Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen

Crazy About Cupcakes (Paperback)

Crazy About Cupcakes (Paperback)
Crazy About Cupcakes (Paperback) Go cupcake crazy With nearly 300 awesome, mouthwatering ideas to choose from, home bakers will find the right recipe for any occasion and every palate. And whether they like chocolaty, spicy, crunchy, fruity, or creamy, these exquisitely decorated treats look as astounding as they taste8212perfect little temptations designed to make adults nostalgic and children happy. All the basics are lovingly explained so anyone can whip up a beautiful batch, and there are varieties for every day (from healthy cupcakes to ice cream indulgences) parties big and small holidays ranging from Christmas to the Fourth of July just for kids and fund-raisers and bake sales. Plus, to make things easy, an entire chart- and template-filled chapter focuses on flavor combinations and design elements