Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cupcakes for Sale!

So I finally got an order from a non-family and paying customer for my cupcakes. I'm so excited!! I would love to make cupcakes (or cakes or cake bites or cupcake bites) for people and make a little money on the side while being able to do something I love. I love to bake, and I would love to bake for other people!

My friend Melissa (Hi Melissa!) contacted me awhile back and asked me if I would be interested in making cupcakes for a bridal shower she is hosting in August. I of course said YES right away. Next weekend I will be delivering her 2 dozen of my lovely cupcakes for her to bring to the party and have strangers eat and, I hope, love.

This week I am doing taste tests to determine the best cake re
cipes to use. Originally she had asked for raspberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. My favorite cake! But then I found out the theme of the party is "Mimosa". After hearing that I knew I had to figure out how to make a mimosa cupcake. And I did!!

I found a recipe for champagne cupcakes and figured I could exchange part of the liquid for freshly squeezed orange juice and also added orange zest to make the cake taste like a mimosa. I went and talked with the knowledgeable, and very friendly, people at the liquor store to find the best champagne to use and the end result is a delicious cupcake. And it smelled so good while baking!

For the frosting I started with my favorite buttercream recipe and subbed champagne and more orange juice for the milk. It took a little playing around to get the right spreadable consistency, but the taste is amazing. Just what I was hoping for!

So far I've had two of my neighbors taste test them, and they loved them! I'm excited to make them again next week for Melissa and for the bridal shower she is hosting. Next up I will be taste testing the raspberry cupcake to make sure the cake is perfect. Tough job, I know! I hope to make Melissa one happy customer with scrumptious mimosa and raspberry cupcakes.

Recipes will come with pictures of the final project after I'm all done. I'm planning on doing the cupcakes all pretty with cupcake wrappers, better swirls of frosting and make them sparkle with glitter (if I can find some).

And if you want to order cupcakes or anything from me (and live within an easy delivery area for me) send me a message and I'll give you a quote. I would love to bake for you as well!

Until next time,

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