Friday, August 21, 2009

A Very Crumbles Wedding

It seems that in order to follow proper blog (and life) protocol the story of the first wedding catered by Crumbles Cupcakery should be rife with hilariously tragic stories of all the disasters we encountered along the way. But you see, as much as I hate to disappoint, you won’t find any of that here because our first wedding was an experience that drew very, very, very near to perfection.

Sure, it was hard work and we were full of lots of nervous anticipation, especially our first day baking. After all, this was our first big event, our first time baking in the commercial kitchen, and we had an absolutely adorable bride who we wanted to make nothing short of elated on her wedding day. But every moment of work was so satisfyingly sweet (like cupcakes!) that we fell into a groove (literally* and figuratively) at the beginning and maintained it through the end.

This being our first big display one of our first tasks was purchasing a cupcake stand. We looked at several different options ranging from cheesy and hideous (let’s be honest, there is some ridiculous stuff out there) to large and beautiful (and expensive!). In the end we decided to give the Cupcake Tree a try. As an added bonus, we discovered that Cupcake Tree is a Michigan based company, which made us all the happier to give them our business. We will definitely be returning to them in the future. It took us about five hours to decorate the stand the way we wanted and we were pretty proud of the end result.

The wedding cupcake line up featured some of our most popular flavors. The bride chose Honey Lux with a pale yellow lemon cream cheese icing (you know all about the origins of honey cake from our last blog posting and let me tell you, the honey from Risk’s Apiary & Honey House in Laingsburg, MI took this cake from good to melt in your mouth, curl your toes delightful).

She also chose one of our personal favorites, a little sinful bite we like to call It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere. Graham cracker crust, toasted coconut and key lime cake, key lime and Coquito glaze and Coquito cream cheese icing topped with toasted coconut and sweet pink pearls. Puh-lease. One bite and you could die happy.

For a chocolate option she went with Chocolate Lover’s Delight, which we topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache and sprinkled with fleur de sel. Our lovely bride requested that we not make anything too sweet so we loaded the ganache with the bitter and took it easy on the sweet. The subtle but rich smooth chocolate on top of the dark velvety cake is delicious and when you add the surprise tang of salt in each bite this cupcake goes to another dimension. We topped these with sweet little pink fondant hearts.

Last in the wedding party was a classic: vanilla cake with vanilla bean icing. The intense vanilla flavor in this icing is dynamite and the tiny flecks of vanilla bean tell you exactly what you’re getting. I love it when food looks like what it’s made from! We tinted the icing a light pink and topped the cupcakes with a single, vibrant raspberry. Simple and elegant. The bride had the cutest cupcake toppers ever custom made so we made one giant vanilla cupcake and nestled the little bride and groom replicas in the vanilla icing. So. Cute.

There is so much positive energy in this business. Just through this one wedding we met (virtually and in person) some great people. When you get a chance, or if you’re planning a wedding yourself, check out makeup artist Julie Strating and photographer Kerry Siereveld at Images of Essence.

Sometimes when you work so hard for so long on one project by the time it’s finished you are so over it that you never want to think about it, see it, talk about it or otherwise acknowledge it again. There have certainly been times when Allison and I were completely cupcaked out. But that didn’t happen with this wedding. When we finished setting up the display and loaded everything back in the car we were filled with such excitement and satisfaction that it was a little overwhelming. Once again it assured us that we are without a doubt doing the right thing by starting a cupcake business and that Crumbles Cupcakery is something about which we should be very proud.

*It is possible that while we were waiting for the cupcakes to cool we passed the time by Zumbaing in the kitchen. I cannot confirm nor deny that this actually happened, I can only say that it is possible.


  1. I'm just so thrilled for you! Keep the stories coming! It's really fun to ride along with you.

  2. These were the most beautiful tasty cupcakes i've ever had! Thank you for your great work!!