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A surprise Wedding Wednesday post! This time it’s not about my wedding, but a friend’s wedding.
I was asked by the Mother of the Bride to provide the cake for the Bridal Shower. I’m always looking for reasons to bake and as an eager Bridesmaid I was happy to contribute.
The shower was out of town, so I needed something that would be easy to transport, easy to serve, and nice enough looking to pass as semi-professional.
After doing a little bit of research, I decided on something new – a pull-apart cupcake cake in the shape of a wedding dress!
The online tutorials for pull-apart cakes were simple. Bake cupcakes, arrange them in the desired shape, cover in icing, and decorate. So off to Michaels I went for a cake box, board, and inspiration. While I was there I found the strings of pearls and the cute pendant. I was originally thinking of using a ribbon, but I think the pearls look much better.
I baked some lemon cupcakes and began to arrange them into the shape of a dress. I placed them on the cake board, to make sure I wasn’t making the cake too big. It was a trial-and-error puzzle, which fascinated Cam. I’ll be honest, I was struggling to get it just right and he took over, started from scratch, and came up with this:
From there, I used a dab of icing to “glue” each cupcake in place. This was important, otherwise the cupcakes would slide around during decorating and transport.
I then used a 1M tip to create the flowers on each cupcake, starting from the middle of each cupcake and working my way out:
The key here was creating overlap between cupcakes, so the whole “cake” was covered. Mom was helpful here in pointing out the open spaces, which we filled with icing.
Finally, we added the pearls and pendant embellishment (which, with a good wash could be used again or placed on a necklace). Although you can’t see them in the photo, I also used small Sugar Pearls and Pearl Dust to give the dress some subtle sparkle.
And voila! A simple bridal shower cake that was easy to transport and still had some wow-factor. Plus, there was no need for cutting or serving utensils since guests could grab the bottom of a cupcake and pull it from the cake for a single serving.