Bridal Shower Cupcake Cake

A coworker of mine is getting married! It’s tradition in the office to throw a shower. I decided to volunteer to bring the cake.  Usually a cake doesn’t get eaten entirely and sits around.  Cupcakes are easy to serve and require no portioning. I’ve seen quite a few “cakes” made out of cupcakes but had never done it.  I also was seeing zero how-to instruction online. I knew I wanted to make something in the shape of a bridal dress, as this is a bridal shower!

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One of the first questions that came to mind was how do I transport this to work? My best mate, Costco, came in handy.  I picked up a flat shallow box and wrapped it in wrapping paper, finishing it by lining the inside with tissue paper. I also needed to pre-determine the layout and estimate a number of cupcakes needed to make the dress. This dress takes about 31 cupcakes.

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*Note: keep the cat out of the box 😉

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Because of the quantity of cakes, I needed two batches of cupcakes.  I followed recipes from the Cake Doctor; making both a Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake and Yellow Pudding cake.

 

I made all the cupcakes two days ahead of the party, laid out the dress, and wrapped them tightly in press and seal wrap.  Frosting came next! I love a good buttercream frosting.  Again, referencing the Cake Doctor, I whipped up a frosting to then pipe rosettes on each cupcake.

Because the intention is to make this look like a cake, you’ll want to the piping to run together.  This should look like one piped unit, rather than 30 individual cupcakes stuck together.  I’ll admit, that’s a big challenge.  I think the thicker you make your buttercream, the better. I had to make three batches of frosting.  Once piped, I added some edible pearls to create a sash on the dress. The final finishing touch was made with powdered sugar donut holes as diamond rings.  I’d searched the net for diamond clip art, printed and cut out the shapes, used double stick tape to attach them to toothpicks and affixed them to the donettes. From here, all that was left to do was transport to the office and enjoy!

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Gender Reveal Cake

Thanks to Pinterest, we’re now all under tremendous pressure to make every life event that much more unique and notable.  One of these new “must haves” is the gender reveal for expecting parents.  I was asked to help out a girlfriend when it came time to share the sex of her baby to loved ones and of course I jumped right in.

Duncan Hines has made this very easy with their own line of “summer velvet cakes.”  I think they’ve been following Pinterest trends! I took the easy way out with this one, using a boxed cake.  I did use my favorite buttercream recipe, courtesy of my girl Martha Stewart!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) of  unsalted butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

In an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, begin to cream the butter.  Add in the vanilla while slowing mixing in the sugar.  Add milk bits at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Of course no Pinterest project is finished without a catchy phrase.  I chose to pipe “Waddle it Be” and finished it off with sugared duck icing decorations by Wilton. Once cut, the cake reveals with pink color, it’s a …. GIRL!

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Cake

It’s a …. GIRL!