Winter Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

This weekend, my younger brother got married!

Though I’ve been married for over 5 years, for some reason, knowing that my younger brother was getting married made me feel kind of old.  Fortunately, since I was baking their wedding cake, I didn’t really have too much time to dwell on it!

After much deliberation, they settled on a small wedding cake with lots of cupcakes for their guests. Since I love to make cupcakes, I was thrilled… Plus (I have to be honest), it made my job a bit easier!  I’ve been testing cupcake recipes for months, and the winning flavors were chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, and spice.

Since they got married in December, they chose a winter theme for the wedding, decorating with greens, berries, and lots of candles. The bride’s dress was ivory, so we went with ivory for the cake and cupcakes, as well.  I made lots of small ivory gum paste flowers dusted with copper luster dust to decorate the cake and cupcakes.  To match the Willow Tree cake topper, the icing on the cake was intentionally left a bit unfinished.

I searched high and low for the perfect cake stand to display the cake and cupcakes.  I really couldn’t find anything that I liked, so we ended up making the stand (and two small cupcake displays) out of terra cotta pots and saucers (inspired by this stand). I also added some ivory ribbons to the chocolatey brown cupcake wrappers that were used for all of the cupcakes.

Since it was my first time baking for a wedding, I was a bit nervous. In the end, though, I was pleased with how everything turned out.  You can see more of my pictures over on my Flickr page

Most importantly, the bride and the groom were thrilled with their wedding cake. They said it tasted great, though, I’m not sure how much of the cake they tasted since most of it was smeared all over their faces!

21 Responses to Winter Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

  1. Megan Gordon says:

    Beautiful, Jen! Congrats on such a BIG, exciting job. Both the cupcakes and the cake look absolutely stunning.

  2. maria says:

    GORGEOUS!! Nice work Jen! You are amazing! Congrats to the happy couple!

  3. That cake is STUNNING! Jen, you are so incredibly talented!

  4. Beautiful! i love that you made the cake stands too. You are very creative.

  5. Congrats on your brother’s wedding! And the cake… is an inspiration. So sweet!

  6. So simple and beautiful! And I love that Willow Tree stuff. I finally caved and bought the Nativity this year after pining away at it for the past 6! I love the little bows on the cupcake liners.

  7. Gail says:

    What a labor of love! You did a beautiful job, really beautiful. Big pat on the back for you, big sis!

  8. Jen, you are the Baking Goddess. I bow down to your skills. Your brother is a lucky guy!

  9. Those look beautiful and delicious! yummy :-)

  10. Gorgeous! So elegant and I’ll bet those cupcakes were yummy!

  11. Jun says:

    It’s really good! The cupcake and the big cake!

  12. Jen,
    I am speechless! This wedding cake is so unique and beautiful. It is beautiful outside and inside to because it is filled with your love for your brother. Congrats to the Bride and Groom.

  13. Tracy says:

    Everything is gorgeous Jen! Beautiful work and I know they must have been so happy!!

  14. Mags says:

    I am so, so impressed Jen! You did a spectacular job. It looks very professional and just gorgeous!

  15. Tracey says:

    You did an amazing job Jen! What a wonderful gift to give your brother and his new wife :)

  16. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I hope your brother knows how lucky he is to have such a talented sister who would do all this for him! :) Everything sounds great. Especially the spice cake…yum!

  17. Paula says:

    Your little brother must have been so proud of his big sister! You did an outstanding job with the cake and cupcakes. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom and to the cake/cupcake baker and decorator!

  18. Joy says:

    The cupcakes is beautiful. That is sweet that you did the cake for them.

  19. Congratulations to your brother and to you for getting a brand new addition to the fam! You did an AMAZING job! Any bride-to-be would be thrilled to have you as their cake creator

  20. Dana says:

    Congratulations. You did a lovely job and it sounds like it tasted great too. I made my wedding cake 8 years ago and it was a very sad sight. It tasted fantastic, but it was a crooked mess to look at. I would have killed for your skills!

  21. Lorie Kazense says:

    Your work is beautiful. Your grandmother told me how great you are in the kitchen. Good luck in all your future goals.

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