Decorating Wedding Cupcakes
Fun and (Relatively) Simple
My first experience with decorating wedding cupcakes came from decorating the cupcakes for my sister's wedding. I'm definitely no expert, so if you're looking for some simple decorating tips that just about anyone can pull off, you've come to the right place.
I find the baking of the cupcakes a bit tricky (our mom did the actual baking). There's no shame in using a baking mix, although I personally prefer making my own frosting (mixing up sugar, cream cheese, and butter is something I can do!)
Images by Emma Larkins, unless otherwise noted.
Finished Chocolate Cupcake - Elegant, No?
Oh, How Plans Change
The Original Idea
Okay, so, full disclosure: the cupcakes above weren't exactly what I had in mind. Instead, I was hoping to create something like you see to the right and below (which was an early, test wedding cupcake version). We bought some great decorating tips, and I was super excited to use them.
Unfortunately, on the day of the wedding, there was just too much going on to finish the decorations. We did manage to frost the cupcakes and apply some nice pearlized sugar, but the icing we whipped up for the final decorations just wasn't thick enough to hold its shape.
More Piped Frosting on Cupcakes
Tips For Decorating Wedding Cupcakes - It's Not As Hard As You Think!
- Dream big. Start thinking about your wedding cupcakes early, and don't be afraid of dreaming big. Do you want to commemorate the day you first met? Or a shared love of sports, perhaps? The sky is the limit!
- Start practicing. Who wouldn't want to make and decorate practice cupcakes? I mean, this is the best part! Long before W-Day, make sure you get a firm idea of what you want to do, and know that you can pull it off.
- Don't be afraid of shortcuts (or asking for help). If you're doing a lot of the wedding planning yourself, you'll need to take shortcuts at some point. If you're not a great baker, use a mix, or have a friend or family member bake for you. Buy sprinkles and pre-made tubes of frosting, if you want. No one is going to complain that you're not Martha Stewarting everything.
- Don't wait until the last minute. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT plan on baking and/or frosting your cupcakes the day of your wedding.
Cupcake Decorating Techniques, Tips, and More - Everything Is In This Book
From learning what tools you'll need for the decorating to filling the cupcake cups, this book has it all. It discusses things such as how to frost and how to make flower leaves and petals out of frosting. Although not all the designs are wedding-geared, you'll find plenty of great ideas inside.
Cupcake Flower Tutorial - This Is What I Was Going For
I never did get around to making flowers for the wedding cupcakes, but if you get a chance, here's a great video tutorial.
DIY Wedding Cupcakes: Awesome or Awful? - Share Your Opinion!
Should People Decorate Their Own Wedding Cupcakes?
A Great Cupcake Decorating Kit - Everything In One Place
Although decorating these cupcakes wasn't quite what I imagined, I'd still love to experiment more with frosting. I especially want to make some pretty frosted flowers! By the way, I strongly suggest getting the special frosting bags, and not just the tips. Plastic zip bags don't work nearly as well, and have a tendency to explode :(
Finished Lemon Cupcake - I'm Pretty Happy with the Results
Your Experience With Decorating Wedding Cupcakes - Vote Here!
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Have you decorated wedding cupcakes before?
Just the Frosting Tips - (And Bags)
If you don't want to get a whole kit with a guide, you can just purchase frosting tips. They're available online (click below to learn more), or you can purchase them at many local craft stores (such as Michael's or Joann).
Here's Another Great Flower Frosting Video - Chrysanthemums!
Pearlized Sugar: The Easy Way to Get the Wedding Look - It's Not Cheating, I swear!
These metallic decorating sprinkles are great for giving your cupcakes a more elegant look. When the piping failed me, I was glad to have these on hand!
Wilton Cake Decorating Lesson Plans - Learn From the Best
I still want to learn how to make flowers!
Basics are good to know.
Fondant scares me a little...
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