The wedding cake

Wedding cupcakes: features, design and serving

At the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion, a spe­cial place is giv­en to the cake. Usu­al­ly it is large, dec­o­rat­ed with fig­urines of the bride and groom, a pair of doves or swans. But fash­ion is chang­ing, today many new­ly­weds refuse the usu­al cake. Orig­i­nal and spec­tac­u­lar cup­cake com­po­si­tions allow you to diver­si­fy the sit­u­a­tion. With their help, you can show your imag­i­na­tion, trans­late into real­i­ty var­i­ous ideas and unusu­al ideas. It is worth con­sid­er­ing in more detail the pros and cons of such com­po­si­tions, options for pre­sen­ta­tion and design, as well as vivid exam­ples.

Advantages and disadvantages

The word “cup­cakes” came to us from the Eng­lish lan­guage. For us, the more famil­iar name is cakes. These names are prac­ti­cal­ly inter­change­able. In oth­er words, a cup­cake is a minia­ture cake designed for one per­son. Today it is quite fash­ion­able to use them at a wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. They can be pre­sent­ed as a sep­a­rate dish, or served in tan­dem with a cake. It is enough to use a mul­ti-tiered stand to make the design of cup­cakes at the wed­ding look spec­tac­u­lar and unfor­get­table.

If you believe the sto­ry about the appear­ance of this cake, then three cen­turies ago one of the con­fec­tion­ers baked a small dessert in an alu­minum bowl, hence its unusu­al name came from — “cake in a cup”. This dessert should not be con­sid­ered as a small cup­cake with cream, on the con­trary, it can be safe­ly called a cake, as mod­ern chefs cre­ate real works of art, exper­i­ment­ing with fill­ing, dough and decor.

Today, the pop­u­lar­i­ty of this dessert is quite large, it is used not only at wed­dings, but also at birth­days, var­i­ous anniver­saries, roman­tic dates, and so on.

Cup­cakes have many ben­e­fits.

  • No mat­ter how beau­ti­ful the cake looks, every wed­ding guest will have only a small piece that does not look so attrac­tive. A minia­ture cake is part of a beau­ti­ful com­po­si­tion, and also looks beau­ti­ful sep­a­rate­ly on a plate.
  • The cup­cake is por­tioned, so it does not need to be divid­ed. When cut­ting a cake at a wed­ding, you should take into account the approx­i­mate num­ber of guests, so that as a result every­one gets at least a small piece. With cup­cakes, every­thing is much sim­pler, you should order the same amount of dessert as there will be guests.
  • The most spec­tac­u­lar are the com­po­si­tions that are pre­sent­ed on sev­er­al tiers. So, for a wed­ding of 60 peo­ple, you can make a great ver­sion of four tiers. If we con­sid­er the cake, then only a three-tiered dessert is suit­able for 150 peo­ple, but at the same time it will weigh about 15 kilo­grams.
  • Small cakes are quite easy to trans­port, they can be eas­i­ly deliv­ered to any cel­e­bra­tion. To bring a big cake, you will need spe­cial skill: you need to avoid sharp turns and sud­den brak­ing on the road, oth­er­wise you can dam­age such a dessert. Each cup­cake can be eas­i­ly packed in a sep­a­rate box, so even if sev­er­al of them are dam­aged dur­ing trans­porta­tion, they can sim­ply be removed from the over­all com­po­si­tion. For this rea­son, it is advis­able to always order a lit­tle more copies than invit­ed guests — then every­one will def­i­nite­ly get a deli­cious dessert.
  • You can use dif­fer­ent types of cup­cakes at the same time. This allows each guest to choose the ver­sion of the dessert that he likes best. For exam­ple, chil­dren can be pleased with fruit del­i­ca­cies, and for girls, low-calo­rie desserts will be an ide­al solu­tion.
  • Even when replac­ing the cake with cup­cakes, you can keep the tra­di­tion of cut­ting the wed­ding cake, because on the very top tier you can place a cake with fig­ures of swans or doves, it is the new­ly­weds who will cut it, and all oth­er tiers will be filled with small cakes.
  • Usu­al­ly sweets are served at the end of the wed­ding, when all the guests have already eat­en their fill. Quite often, they sim­ply can­not taste the deli­cious treat. Cup­cakes are easy to take home with you. Usu­al­ly, a paper bag is placed next to each plate; the guest has the right to pack a cake with him.
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But, like any dessert, a cup­cake has some draw­backs, espe­cial­ly when com­pared with a tra­di­tion­al cake.

  • It is cus­tom­ary to serve small cakes at buf­fet tables, but adher­ents of the clas­sics do not under­stand how to put a small cup­cake instead of a chic cake. The absence of a large cake can upset some guests.
  • Since the wed­ding cake is large, this dessert will be the dec­o­ra­tion of wed­ding pho­tos. Minia­ture cakes do not look so impres­sive in pho­tographs.

Design options

Usu­al­ly the cake is topped with a cap made of cream, although both icing and mas­tic are often used. In prin­ci­ple, such a top may be enough, but many chefs use addi­tion­al decors so that their desserts can be called real works of art. But­ter cream and bis­cuit go great with var­i­ous berries. Often cup­cakes are com­ple­ment­ed with rasp­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries, black­ber­ries, black­cur­rants or blue­ber­ries. This option is in great demand in the sum­mer.

Small pieces of fruit on top of cup­cakes look no less impres­sive. The cakes them­selves are made in milky white col­ors, and bright fruits give them col­or. Many peo­ple choose pineap­ples and peach­es as dec­o­ra­tions. It is worth not­ing that apples and bananas are cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly not suit­able for these pur­pos­es, because they can­not main­tain an attrac­tive appear­ance for a long time. Top­pers will be an ide­al addi­tion, which are pre­sent­ed in the form of small inscrip­tions on paper, locat­ed on a thin stick. They are insert­ed into cakes, there­by mak­ing them spe­cial and orig­i­nal.

The dessert looks great, com­ple­ment­ed by icing — a sug­ar-pro­tein mass that is very sweet. It allows cooks to feel like real artists. Del­i­ca­cies dec­o­rat­ed with flow­ers look very beau­ti­ful, while you can pick up the same flower that is pre­sent­ed in the bride’s bou­quet. To cre­ate a flower, the con­fec­tion­er uses cream, mas­tic or sug­ar icing. But, of course, noth­ing can com­pare with real flow­ers. They can be used to dec­o­rate the stand on which the cup­cakes will be placed.

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But inscrip­tions or fig­ures are rare when dec­o­rat­ing cakes. Although you can use the ini­tials of the young or fig­urines of the bride and groom. Two wed­ding rings look beau­ti­ful. In gen­er­al, you can use a vari­ety of paired jew­el­ry. But most impor­tant­ly, cup­cakes should har­mo­nious­ly fit into the over­all style of the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion.

Today, a vari­ety of recipes for prepar­ing these amaz­ing del­i­ca­cies is pre­sent­ed, so even a novice culi­nary spe­cial­ist will be able to choose the best option by invent­ing his own unusu­al design.

How to apply?

Accord­ing to the wed­ding tra­di­tion, desserts are always passed at the end of the fes­tive iden­ti­ty. Many guests even refuse it, because before that they have already tast­ed a lot of high-calo­rie and sat­is­fy­ing dish­es. But small desserts that can be eas­i­ly packed, of course, will be a great way out of this sit­u­a­tion. Although this is just one of the prac­ti­cal ways to serve dessert.

Impor­tant! You need to know the exact num­ber of guests in order to order the right amount of cup­cakes, but you should always take a mar­gin. And the method of fil­ing can be any, it all depends on the imag­i­na­tion of the mas­ter and cus­tomers.

It is worth con­sid­er­ing the fol­low­ing orig­i­nal and unusu­al options for serv­ing this amaz­ing del­i­ca­cy.

  • You can place a cake at the top, and cakes on the low­er tiers. This solu­tion looks like a pyra­mid.
  • If the num­ber of cup­cakes is lim­it­ed, then you can arrange them on sev­er­al trays. In such cas­es, cake is usu­al­ly also present as the main sweet treat.
  • A mini-cake can be put on a plate for each guest, but this option does not look ele­gant.

Some­times at the wed­ding there is a buf­fet table where you can find cup­cakes. In this case, each guest can enjoy dessert at any time. If the sweet is served at the end of the cel­e­bra­tion, then this moment can be dec­o­rat­ed with fire­works or can­dles.

How to decorate with your own hands?

To beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rate cup­cakes, you should com­plete­ly rely on your taste and pref­er­ences, because decors can be var­ied. But the main thing to remem­ber is that small cakes should not be over­loaded, an excess of ele­ments will look ridicu­lous and taste­less. Using fon­dant, sprin­kles, and a few tricks, you can cre­ate amaz­ing DIY treats. You should com­bine sim­ple ele­ments, then togeth­er they will look ele­gant and neat.

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Icing is quite pop­u­lar when dec­o­rat­ing cup­cakes. To dec­o­rate a large num­ber of cakes, noz­zles and a pas­try bag are faith­ful com­pan­ions. To cre­ate amaz­ing designs, it is enough to stock up on just a noz­zle in the form of an aster­isk and a round shape. Using a round noz­zle, you can make a sim­ple curl, beau­ti­ful petals, a ball of but­ter. The star-shaped noz­zle is suit­able for cre­at­ing a reg­u­lar curl, rosette or hydrangea.

To add col­or to desserts, you should pay atten­tion to fair­ly sim­ple dec­o­ra­tions. Sprin­kling makes it quick and easy to dec­o­rate cup­cakes. It is enough to sup­ple­ment the del­i­ca­cy with one flower and con­fec­tionery sprin­kling — and the deli­cious dessert is ready!

Fon­dant is often used for dec­o­ra­tion, because it can be used to make indi­vid­ual ele­ments that can even be stored for a long time, of course, if they are in a her­met­i­cal­ly sealed con­tain­er at room tem­per­a­ture. It is worth con­sid­er­ing sev­er­al options for cre­at­ing “tasty” decors.

  • To cre­ate ordi­nary flow­ers, you need to roll out the fon­dant, while its lay­er should be approx­i­mate­ly 3 mm. Using cut­tings, you need to make blanks for flow­ers, dry them and make your favorite flow­ers.
  • Leaves will be an exquis­ite addi­tion to flow­ers. You need to take a green fon­dant, make a ball out of it, no larg­er than a pea. Make a drop out of it, while being as flat as pos­si­ble. After giv­ing the desired shape, you should make veins on the “leaves” with a knife.

Beautiful examples

Cup­cakes in milky white col­ors are per­fect for a wed­ding. Snow-white bows, pink flow­ers are very refined and ele­gant dec­o­ra­tions. Such a del­i­ca­cy can be used to cel­e­brate a linen wed­ding.

Cakes can be picked up for any wed­ding anniver­sary. For exam­ple, in the third year of mar­riage, you can use sev­er­al decors. Of course, the option with the num­ber 3, a treat with the names of the hus­band and wife, as well as cakes with hearts and flow­ers. Red col­or gives desserts bright­ness and unusu­al­ness.

A com­po­si­tion in the form of a pyra­mid will become a lux­u­ri­ous dec­o­ra­tion of the hol­i­day. Choco­late sponge cake dec­o­rat­ed with pink or white cream looks amaz­ing. The alter­na­tion of tiers is the high­light of the dessert. And the indis­putable dec­o­ra­tion of the whole com­po­si­tion is the top cake, dec­o­rat­ed with pink mas­tic and com­ple­ment­ed by small flow­ers, which are also made of mas­tic.

See the video below for how to make cup­cakes.