One thing that did happen that has got me really excited is that I have taken on a job making cupcakes for a friend of a friend's wedding this summer. The theme is "vintage" and the colors are grey, pale yellow, ivory and light grey with dusty rose and dusty blue accents.
Here are some inspiration photos I found:
So basically right now I am on operation cupcake. I am searching for great recipes and practising my decorating techniques. I don't think my skills are up to par with the cupcakes above but they certainly will help in inpsiring me and achieving the style I am going for. I am a bit nervous about this, it is a lot of pressure making perfect cupcakes for someone's big day. I have never done cupcakes in large quantities and have a lot of questions about how to pull this off. I need supplies and I am not sure where to get them. For example I need boxes that have little "cupcake holes" to put them in so they don't slide around in transport. I would absolutely die if all of my hard work got ruined hours before the wedding and I let the bride and groom down. I know a simple search of the internet will probably answer my questions and I can order the things I need but it is still a bit nerve-wracking.
I am sure that I will spend as much money as I am going to make on this endeavour testing out recipes and practising my piping skills but the experience will be well worth it. If all goes well I may start a little side business and all this testing will be invaluable in the future. Plus I will be super popular with my friends and coworkers who will get to me my taste-tasters over the next few months.
Today I tried a vanilla bean cupcake with a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream frosting (recipes from Annie's Eats). They turned out really well. I probably overcooked the cupcakes by a minute or two. They were a slightly brown on the edges but at least I know now to reduce the cooking time by a few minutes if I choose to make these ones for the big event. I want them to look absolutely perfect. The frosting was also very good. Extremely buttery with a silky smooth texture. I'm not sure which I prefer, this recipe or the marshmallow buttercream I made a few weeks back. I think either would be fine contenders for the wedding cupcakes. I messed around a bit piping with different tips but I haven't got the exact right tip in my collection. I am gonna have to head to Micheal's and get a few more appropriate ones to try.
My cupcake! You can even see the little vanilla bean flecks!
Frosting version #1
Frosting version #2
The colour is really off in these pictures and the yellow frosting looks kinda ugly. It really is just a pale yellow not the ugly yellow, pea greenish colour as it appears in the photo. Also the white cake and the frosting doesn't have much of a contrast. This may look better with a different colour or on a chocolate cupcake. I'll play around with that a bit too.
P.S.- Also, in a bizarre coincidence I was also approached to do another wedding a few days after I accepted the challenge of doing this one. I would have totally been on board except that the wedding was just one day before this one and I think under the pressure and time constraints my head my have exploded so I declined.