Wedding Party Cake & Cupcakes (Lemon Curd and Chocolate)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wedding Cake & Cupcakes

The library celebrated a colleague's recent marriage with a party. I wasn't able to attend but brought this dessert for the celebration.

Wedding Cake - Lemon Curd Cake

White cupcakes with Lemon Swiss Meringue Frosting

I made Martha Stewart's Lemon Curd Cake as a 6" cake and cupcakes. I've made this before and it is seriously one of my favorite cakes. I was going to cheat a bit and get some prepared lemon curd at Trader Joe's but they didn't have any! So I ended up getting some lemons and making my own (Martha's recipe). I made her Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Here are Dorie Greenspan's Chocolate Chocolate cupcakes. These sooo rock. I made them a bunch of times and they are always a big hit. This time, I frosted them with a cream cheese frosting (so easy: 2 blocks of 8 oz cream cheese, softened and 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted). Thanks Mrs. J for this recipe!!

Creating a cupcake stand Creating a cupcake stand

I developed this homemade stand. I didn't see the point of buying a large three-tier stand that had very limited use. I had these Crate & Barrel glass serving trays (Totally cheap - I think they were $6 and $8). I picked up the smallest one recently (on sale for $3!). Together with some short glass cups and some Quake Hold! putty (a must here in Southern California), it was an instant stand! (You could get the clear Museum Gel for a cleaner look too).

Gotta run. Olympics is packed tonight! Michael Phelps, gymnastics, and beach volleyball with So Cal players May & (Happy Birthday Kerri) Walsh! I'm so addicted to the Olympics. Yesterday, I was watching one of NBC's other channels and saw a great quarterfinal badminton game! Are you having as much fun (and no sleep) as me?! Even the commercials are good. I just want Morgan Freeman to narrate my life...those Visa commercials rock. "And then the Food Librarian combines the butter and sugar. Go Cake."

Consider my sleep deprivation my patriotic support of the U.S. athletes!

Wedding Cake & Cupcakes
Congratulations Catherine and Eric!
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Sihan said... [Reply to comment]

that's really pretty. *going green with envy* good job on the homemade stand!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

That lemon curd cake is seriously AMAZING. It took a lot of work, but was totally worth it. I baked the normal sized one for my sister's wedding anniversary a few years back, and my family still talks about it as the best cake they've all ever eaten.

Jewels said... [Reply to comment]

Very pretty and you are very talented. I was a floral designer for 5 years and now I am a librarian. I have seen (and worked on) a lot of wedding cakes/floral displays. I really liked your creative cake stand as well.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Everything looks so pretty and delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

You are sooo talented Ms. Food Librarian! This is so pretty! I love all the decorations, including your clever cake stand, and I love that you made a cake and cupcakes too. Yummy.

I'm glad to hear someone is watching as much Olympic coverage as I am. It seems like I'm the only one out here so obsessed with it. I've been trying to stay up as late as I can but on the East Coast, the coverage basically goes on all night! I even forgot to watch Project Runway, which is pretty shocking. I need to look for a rerun episode. (I watch a lot of tv for a librarian!)

KK said... [Reply to comment]

absolutely gorgeous! i sincerely can't keep up...all of your food just looks so yummy and I'm dying to try one of your recipes but just can't seem to find the time. here's the thing - your photography is great too...i absolutely feel as if i can taste each of your creations...

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Fantastic job! I love the dots--your cake looks very much like my Perfect Party Cake from March's Daring Bakers challenge. And add me to the list of people who are sleep-deprived due to watching the Olympics. I really wanted to watch the gymnastics coverage last night, but I couldn't stay awake anymore. =)

bee said... [Reply to comment]

you call this "bringing something over for dessert"? spectacular. must've tasted as good as it looks.

Meandering Eats said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! Want to make my wedding cake? ;) I think it's awesome that we share a love of all things Crate and Barrel or Olympics. Our boy Phelps is doing well, isn't he? And YES, Morgan Freeman rocks those Visa commercials.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i am so impressed. just so beautiful.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

First of all, that stand is amazing. What a fantastic idea! Secondly, incredible cake! I am so impressed :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

wow, that cake sounds so fantastic. i want!

it's beautiful too.

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

Those cakes and cupcakes look great! I made Dorie's chocolate-chocolate cupcakes a couple weeks ago and I thought they were the best I have had. I love your icing job. They all look lovely!

Liliana said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful cake you made!
You are so talented. Your friends must have been thrilled!

Sharon said... [Reply to comment]

Yum that looks good.

Jacque said... [Reply to comment]

How pretty is that? And an inexpensive home made stand too! Congrats to you on a job very nicely done.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your cakes and cupcakes look amazing!! What a cool flavor combination. You are making me so hungry! I want some! You do this professionally, right? Are you listed with yet? I am browsing looking for wedding cakes and you are as good or better as some of the folks on there and that's where we're getting everything for our wedding. I love the cupcakes idea. Maybe I will do cupcakes and a cake? Ideas...

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