Here below is a photo of the wedding cupcakes I made for my sister's wedding. It looks spectacular but these cupcake wedding cakes were surprisingly easy to make - and if I can make them so can you. No fancy decorating skills needed.
There are about 60 cupcakes in all and one larger cake for the top.
Each cake is made of a cupcake fruitcake recipe that I had everyone asking for the recipe. I would suggest using a fruit cake or a mud cake - just so you can make them in advance. (As I was the bridesmaid and had a house full of guests I needed something I could make in advance).
The colors of the wedding where pink and silver - thus the coloring of the cake. I bought the silver cupcake papers.
The icing is fondant icing that I bought pre-made from my local cake decorating shop. It comes in about a pound block (500g) - I think I probably used 3 pounds (did have a few practice runs so not 100% sure). Make sure you buy a good quality icing, the first lot I purchased was from the supermarket and it went sticky.
All you do with the icing is roll it in your hands to soften up and then roll out using a rolling pin. (I had photo's of all this but now can't find them :-(. Have some icing sugar (confectioner's sugar) on hand to dust your board and rolling pin.
Only roll a small amount out at a time - enough that you can manage.
I colored some of the fondant in pink and kept adding food coloring until I got the desired color.
I only decorated 4 or 5 cakes at a time to stop the icing going hard. So work with small quantities.
So to create the pink heart underneath - I cut out a small round (I used a small round cutter) of pink icing and placed this on the cake.
Then I cut a larger round of white, using a round cutter - the right size for the cake. Then in the middle of this I cut out, using a heart shaped cutter the heart. Working quickly I then pushed on the cachous (need to do this before icing dries). Then I carefully placed the white piece on top of the pink piece of icing on the cake... And now you have one wedding cupcake. Seal away in a air tight container.
I then proceeded the same with the other colors.
To get the silver hearts, I cut out small white circles of icing and then used silver cake icing paint to paint them.
I completed the cakes in several sessions over about a week.
The cakes were about 2 weeks old by the time of the wedding - but we tasted one last week that was now 4 months old and it still tasted fine.
I purchased a cupcake stand and set them up on this.
I made a larger cake for the top and iced it with the same fondant icing. I used a piece of silver ribbon stuck on by pins to carry on the silver theme. You can then purchase some hearts on wire to go on top. I actually purchased the silver ones and made the pink ones.
Now, I don't really know how the professionals make them but this is what I did. Firstly, I purchased the wire from my cake decorating shop (they asked what thickness I wanted - I just shrugged my shoulders - so I got a medium type of wire???). I then rolled out some pink fondant icing; cut out hearts; and gently pushed the wire in. Several times the wire broke through but eventually I got a few good ones. I then let these dry hard on a cake rack.
I then assembled it the night before at the reception center and we all had a lovely time.
Now, I know these instructions seem long but it's pretty easy. No fancy decorating skills needed.
Here is another cupcake cake that I made for my sister engagement party and it would also be suitable as a wedding cupcakes.