Project Wedding- The Cupcakes

The bride and groom had a traditional wedding cake at the reception.
But here at the open house, we had some casual desserts, and some cupcakes.
box close up
(photo by shandimariephotography)

The internet is such a huge resource for recipes, so I browsed around, bookmarking cupcake recipes.
I was on the hunt for a fabulous tasting chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.
I thought the only way to decide was to do side-by-side comparisons.

So I started with chocolate.
I will label them chocolate one, two and three.
3 chocolate

They all tasted different, and looked very different too.
I frosted them with the same frosting, so as to give each recipe an even playing field.
all chocolate

I had 3 whole batches on my hands, so I asked anyone I came in contact with for 2 days,
if they would taste them and give me their opinion.

The Result: The votes were split about 50/5o on cupcake one and two for first place. Third place was unanimous- cupcake #3. Cupcake 1 had a nice texture, pretty moist. Cupcake 2 (my vote) had a deeper chocolate flavor and was crazy moist. The drawback was that it crumbled and didn't hold its shape when I unwrapped it.

No clear consensus led me to try recipe four and five.
Both were good, but neither knocked my socks off.

So I experimented with recipe #2, and changed some ingredients in an effort to make it hold together better. It worked! It was still very moist, very chocolaty and didn't fall apart.
So that is the long story of how this cupcake came to be. Not bad looking either!
(photo by shandimariephotography)

Then came the vanilla experiment.
I tried vanilla recipe one, two and three.
Unlike the chocolate, all three of these recipes looked similar.
Good thing I labeled them on the bottom.
all vanilla

Again, I called on friends and neighbors for opinions.
3 vanilla

The Result:
A clear winner! A clear second! A clear third! Every single person (about 10 people)
that tried them, ranked them the same.
First place was cupcake 1. Second was cupcake 3. Third was cupcake 2.
I was surprised at the winner. The other two recipes had hundreds of rave reviews.
But the little old recipe with few reviews was loved and adored by my people.
A few people couldn't stop raving!

So I didn't have to go any further. I stuck with recipe one.
(photo by shandimariephotography)

I experimented with my buttercream frosting recipe and came up with a winner.
I think I have a keeper there too! I'm sure I will get around to writing it down soon!

And... if you like it then you shoulda puta topper on it... Sing with me now!
(photo by shandimariephotography)

Now as much as I loved the cake stands, I didn't want to go overboard.
I decided to break it up by putting the cupcakes on boxes.
The handy husband built these out of wood scraps. They are open on the bottom, just 5 sided.
I filled holes, sanded and painted!
boxes and stands
(photo by shandimariephotography)

I don't want to store these boxes. Am I really going to use these again?
I'm sure Kathryn will store them for me. (wink)!

Long story for a few cupcakes... I know. But cupcakes are serious business.
Have you seen "Cupcake Wars?" It is our family favorite. We watch it together every week.
My girls loved this cupcake experiment and said, "It's like we're having our own cupcake war!"

If anyone wants to send me a link to another fab recipe. I'm open to more cupcake battles. :)


  1. So what changes did you make to help the chocolate cupcakes hold up better?

  2. Can i say ash your photographic skills are getting so good!!!!

  3. Oh my gosh Janille. You noticed the beautiful picts. Sadly, I can't claim them. Some of them (the good ones) are taken by my sister's niece. She is really good. However, I'm sure she wouldn't want her name on the ones that I took. I'm sure you can guess which is which. I should probably go through and specify. :)

  4. @Chris- I ended up putting half the sour cream that it says to and more water than it says to make up for some moisture. I also put 2 more tablespoons of cocoa than it says to make it super duper chocolaty!

  5. Ashleigh, I'm loving Project wedding. Thanks for sharing your results with us. It can be difficult to find a good recipe. I can't wait to try both winners.

  6. Another great Wedding post, thanks for sharing your cupcake trials!

    Perhaps you could use those lovely boxes to store somehing in? Perhaps line them and use them somewhere in your home?

  7. Those vanilla cupcakes were sooooo good especially :) I need to steal the recipe and try to emulate your awesomeness. :)

  8. You and your sister are my heroes - truly! Amazing job. I'll be checking back for more! I always do.


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