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WHITNEY'S CURVY KITCHEN
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There baaaaack! Cupcakes are in serious vogue these days. Magnolia Bakery in New York is credited with their return to fashion but now they can be found from the East coast to the West coast and all stops in between. Whether you’re yearning for the basic chocolate cupcakes, with candy sprinkles, from your childhood or you’re looking for something more adventurous like the Gingerbread Cupcake with Cream Cheese frosting found at “Miette Patisserie” in San Francisco, you can now stumble upon these vintage goodies around every corner.

With summer upon us, many brides have opted to serve cupcakes in lieu of the more traditional wedding cake. Not only is this a lovely aesthetic alternative, but it can save you money as well. And let’s face it, with the average wedding running $20,000 it’s a treat to find ways to cut costs, while maintaining the integrity of your presentation.

A dear friend of mine is in the throes of planning her September wedding and has found that wedding cakes can cost into the thousands of dollars. Gulp.  Cupcakes on the other hand will only run between $3.00 and $7.00 per, depending on your selection. My suggestion would be to get the basic ones at $3.00, and decorate them yourself with pesticide free rose petals (and other flowers) or candied violets. This way you can tailor them to custom fit your wedding without spending the extra cash. I would also ask your local cupcakery if they would allow you to drop off special liners for your order. My personal favorites are the silver foil ones. They add an extra touch of elegance to your cupcake tower.

If you are simply making cupcakes for the love of the cupcake, I suggest that in addition to the more traditional toppings of jimmies and assorted colored sprinkles, you include less conventional choices like fresh berries, candied citrus peel, and crumbled cookies or candy bars. Incorporate all of your favorite flavors to create your own signature work of art.

 

 

 

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Cupcakes can be made from any of your favorite cake recipes. The one thing to remember is that you don’t bake them as long as you would for a regular cake. The standard is 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees; although if you are making a very light cake, you may consider checking them first after 15 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the cupcake and when it comes out clean, they’re done baking.

Another final tip to make your cupcakes special is to fill them with fresh whipped cream or pudding. Just pick your favorite and fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium sized tip and insert it into the cupcake, piping in about 2 tablespoons. You may also fill them with the icing that you are using to frost them. On that note, consider adding alternative extracts to your butter cream for more interesting flavors. One of my favorites is a chocolate cupcake filled with whipped cream and topped with an orange butter cream. I then take a vegetable peeler and shave chocolate curls on top for the finale. You can also use candied orange rind or even grate orange peel right into the frosting. Just remember to have fun and be creative! Happy Cupcaking…

 

 



Photographer:
Gaetanne Leduc
www.thencomesmarriage.ca

 

 

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about whitney dineen

Whitney Dineen is the "cookie maker to the stars" in Hollywood, as well as being a plus size model with the Ford Agency. Her delicious treats have been features on NBC's celebrity show, "Extra" as well as "The Other Half" and HGTV's "Smart Solutions." She is currently putting the final touches on her first cookbook, "Sweet Things" so you'll soon be able to make her favorite goodies for yourselves.

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