Cupcakes – Do you Love Them? Or not?
I have a confession to make. I.Really.Do.Not.Like.Making.Cupcakes.For.A.Wedding.
Don’t get me wrong. I love being a pastry chef. I love meeting with prospective clients to help plan their wedding cake displays. I am a happy kitchen dweller. My collection of recipe books gives me such pleasure as I “read” through old favourites or the latest cookbooks that have come on the market and mysteriously appear in my collection. I do eat, live and breathe the life of a pastry chef, and cannot imagine that this will ever change. But cupcakes……well, cupcakes are somewhat problematic, and here is why:
For the individual who is eating the cupcake, they can present some interesting challenges.
- Cupcakes are typically top-heavy due to their heavy rosette of buttercream frosting and topple over easily.
- Cupcakes are designed to be eaten out-of-hand. This can create some challenges when you are dressed in formal attire.
- Cupcakes are not unlike tacos or hotdogs – in order to eat them effectively, you really have to tilt your head slightly sideways. This is not pretty in most cases.
For the pastry chef, the challenges are as daunting.
- Due to the tipsy nature of a cupcake, they are not easily transported, especially when dealing with large numbers.
- Typically, there is an additional charge for set-up since the cupcakes will often need to be frosted and finished at the wedding site to prevent significant damage.