Have I mentioned that I have a VERY talented group of friends? I have found another vendor in my circle of friends. I actually have to credit Facebook with opening my eyes to my friend K's cake decorating talent. I started seeing her post pictures of these wonderfully decorated cakes so I asked her last Sunday if she would be able to make the sunflower cupcakes that I was hoping to have for the wedding.
I had originally asked another acquaintance's mom (who is has done multiple cakes for recent baby/bridal showers) but she wanted $5 a cupcake - OUCH! After that quote I called the 3 local bakeries in town. None of them were able to make the cupcakes in the flavors we wanted, and none were able to make the sunflowers I wanted.
I armed my friendor K with these inspiration photos and asked for carrot , chocolate peanut butter and either a vanilla or marble.
This morning K arrived at church with this box:
These are my favorites out of her samples:
I cut into one of the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes:
They were a little dried out from being made earlier this week, but the peanut butter center was really good. My dad didn't like that there were some peanuts in the cake part. I am going to ask K if she can eliminate those in the recipe.
I don't like the piped icing sunflowers on the cake, but I cut a slice and it was really good. That says a lot because I don't like carrot cake. K and I are going to try some other designs for the small cutting cake. I will also need to decide what flavor we want it to be, I am leaning more towards the vanilla/marble.
To combine our favorite designs with the flavors I am going to ask K to use a different design for each flavor.
The chocolate peanut butter will have three small sunflowers:
The vanilla/marble will have a single sunflower:
The carrot cake will have a plain cream cheese frosting instead of the buttercream like the above samples.
We will probably do one more tasting/trial run just to nail down the final details.
How many cake tastings or trials did your cake baker do for you?