Laura & Tom’s Wedding
This last few days have been quite hectic - we had two weddings and the Cupcake of the Month delivery, as well as our usual number of smaller birthday, anniversary, and congratulations cupcake orders.
I was quite happy with Laura and Tom's wedding cupcakes. I met them a few months ago when I went to their home for a cupcake tasting. We went back and forth several times about flavors and designs, and finally settled on four different flavors of cupcakes (standard sized and mini's): chocolate with salted caramel, s'mores, vanilla, and carrot cake. Their cutting cake was a layer of chocolate and a layer of vanilla. For some of their cupcakes and their cutting cake, they chose my favorite rose design, a tiny colored rose (it can be any color, really) made of fondant, modelled after Eric & Kristin's wedding cupcakes.
I don't eat that many cupcakes. Over the years I have learned to wait and only eat the cupcakes that are my favorites (and I'm actually quite picky). I think nothing of taking one bite of a cupcake to test it and throwing the rest away - which I know is blasphemy to some people. I have to say, even though I'm not a huge marshmallow fan, that there is something about the s'mores cupcakes that is SO GOOD. I think it's the crunch of the graham cracker. I enjoyed them so much while I was making them that I decided to add them to the Cupcake of the Month delivery schedule as the September flavor - to celebrate the tail end of summer and camping season.
I received a nice email from Laura following the wedding, and she posted a great review on Yelp.
Laura and Tom's ceremony and reception were held at the Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club in Oakland - a new venue for me that I loved! They can host events of 150-200 guests, and the staff were quite lovely and helpful. I am amassing a list of all of the great venues and vendors I've worked with, from photographers to caterers - just in case I decide to go into event planning one day.
This weekend was particularly special for me, as my mom, Pat, has been visiting. Of course, I have forced her into cupcake slavery! Here is a photo of her helping with the wedding cupcakes. I learned so much of what I know from her, and we always work so well together in the ktichen, that it has been such a pleasure having her with me. She keeps insisting that she is not sick of cupcakes, even though she has helped me make more than 900 in the last week! I'm sure she would say that she doesn't like this photo, but I love it.
I know I say this every time, but I really love making cupcakes for weddings, it's just so gratifying to have one small part of helping people celebrate anything, but especially love. Maybe it's because I'm single that participating in weddings is so particularly pleasing to me.