Pinterest is a blessing and a curse. It fills you with false hope and superficial wisdom that you will some day be able to make a coffee table out of old milk crates or have enough culinary knowledge to make a 5 course French meal without any burned fingers, overcooked meat, or cursing like a sailor. That being said, Pinterest helps one and all to think outside the box and try new things!
I started baking a lot a couple of years ago when my husband and I moved to Northern Virginia. I was working a regular M-F 9-5 job while he worked 2nd shift and weekends. So I spent a lot of weekends baking all day and venturing out to make friends at night. (Side note, meetup.com was a total blessing). After experimenting with different types of baked goods I discovered that my true passion was for cupcakes. So when a friend asked if I would spend Friday night drinking margaritas and helping her make bride and groom cupcakes for a bridal shower she was helping to host I of course replied with, ‘there is literally nothing else I would rather do.’
Step 1 was to consult Pinterest for pictures and any advice we could find on the layout for the dress and then the tux. I already had piping bags and tips. My friend made the cupcakes ahead of time. My go to frosting is typically a regular old buttercream for ‘event type’ cupcakes because it’s a crowd pleaser and not too adventurous for the traditionalists. However, because it’s been so humid lately, I found a couple of recipes for a buttercream cut with crisco to make the frosting stiffer, less melty, and with a longer shelf life. I used this vanilla frosting from the Craftsy blog. The chocolate frosting recipe I found actually had their measurements mixed up so I ended up having to wing it half way through. Here are the finished products! (The picture quality is not the best, but I was 2 margaritas in and my fingers were covered in frosting).