One of my oldest friends is getting married at the end of April at the Aquarium in NJ, how cool is that?! The ballroom backs up to the shark tank. I literally can’t wait for this wedding. She is the last of the three of us that have been friends since we were about six, thanks to the lovely sport of swimming. This past weekend we held both her shower and bachelorette party. It was a wonderful time and I loved celebrating with her before her big day.
As one of the bridesmaids, I offered to make some cupcakes for the shower. She knew about the party so I went to her for her favorite cupcake version. She said chocolate on chocolate followed closely by Funfetti. I decided to go with both of those, but making vanilla frosting for both cupcakes. A few weeks ago, I spent the day cutting out shapes from my cricut to go with the “Under the Sea” theme shower. I then assembled them and glued them on to toothpicks to make toppers, you may remember I did the same thing for my sister-in-law’s shower. If you couldn’t guess her colors are navy and hot pink, LOVE! We are wearing navy dresses with hot pink shoes. I loved how everything turned out and I hope we gave Katie a day to remember always!
But wait, I’m not finished! In honor of pretty baking and 20+ years of friendship, I am giving one lucky reader a $25 gift card to Layer Cake Shop where I got the adorable cake liners and sprinkles for the shower. Here are the details on how to win:
Funfetti Cake Recipe Here
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Here
For the frosting I used a large unlabeled star tip, I think a Wilton 1M would work well. The liners and sprinkles were purchased from Layer Cake Shop!
Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
What you’ll need:
20 tbsp. (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. heavy cream
What you’ll do:
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds. Scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds. Then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.
Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles