If You Have NEVER Baked a Cupcake


I was just thinking about a recent cupcake order that was turned down.  That led me to think, “What would it take for someone, who has never baked a cupcake, to bake a cupcake?”


First, they would need the right pan.  What do you bake a cupcake in?


Second, they need the paper thing you bake the cupcake in inside the pan.  What do you call it?  Where do you buy those?

Hmmm…..if you use these paper cupcake things, do you still spray them with the baking spray or not?


Ok, now, you need a recipe.  Or do you just use a cake mix? Either way, you need all the ingredients that go into the mix or the recipe, BUT will these cupcakes be good or just average?  I don’t know because I have never baked a cupcake.


So, I need eggs, water, milk, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder OR baking soda, flavoring/extract.


I need to put all of this in a bowl and mix it up.  It says turn the mixer on low.  What mixer?  I don’t have a mixer, so do I beat them with a fork or go buy a mixer?  


Alright, I mixed up the ingredients. Now, I put them in the pan and the pan into the oven.


How do I know if they’re done? I baked them 12-15 minutes like the directions said, but they don’t look done.  What do I do now?


What kind of icing do I put on them?  Do I make it, or do I buy it?  


How do you make the icing look like the picture?  All I have is a butter knife to spread it on. This can of icing isn’t enough!  Who’s gonna clean up this mess!


Nevermind, I should have called The ONE by Dee




1. Should each tier of my wedding cake have a different flavor?

Rule of Thumb:  KNOW YOUR GUESTS! I tell all my brides that having more than one flavor may result in less servings per guest. Some guests will feel the need to try each flavor; hence, they have more than one serving of cake. If you feel your guests may do that, here are some things to consider:

  1. Increasing the size of your cake OR just having one flavor for the whole cake.
  2. Add a groom’s cake for an additional flavor and servings
  3. Dessert stations or candy bars are popular with a variety of other sweet treats to supplement the cake
  4. When it’s gone, it’s gone: If this is okay with you, have your desired number of cake servings, in your desired flavors, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Be prepared for some guests not to get a slice of cake, if they aren’t quick to get to the cake table. YOU set the tone of your big day!

2. I want a BIG cake, but I don’t want a lot of cake left over. Ways to get the look you want without all the cake.

  1. Consider adding a dummy tier(s) to add more height to the cake. Be prepared to still spend close to what real cake would cost. Dummy tiers are not usually cheaper than real cake and can be more expensive than real cake.
  2. Have the cake placed on a decorative cake plateau to build up the cake. This could be a rented plateau or some creative way your event designer can elevate the cake on the cake table. Just be sure that it provides a sturdy and flat, level surface for the wedding cake.

3. What about a Groom’s Cake if my groom doesn’t like cake?

How can you represent your groom at the reception? We still want the groom to feel like he had equal consideration on the Big Day!  Even if he doesn’t like cake, you can have cake.  He won’t be the only one eating it; your guests will enjoy it. One way to do this is with a groom’s cake that represents his interests. Some brides go all out on the groom’s cake with a sculpted cake and heavy décor on his table that represents him. Some brides opt for an array of his favorite desserts: Aunt Linda’s pound cake, Grandma’s peach cobbler or his favorite flavor of simple, 2 layer cake.  It’s just a way to say “I love you and it’s your day, too!”

4. I’m having 150 guests.  Should I get MORE cake or less cake? Things to consider when calculating your cake servings.

  1. Consider your budget. If your budget will allow, get more cake, people can have seconds or some to take home.
  2. Consider your guest list and their eating habits: family, church members, friends and decide if you are trying to feed them extras or just enough
  3. Will there be a groom’s cake or other desserts to make up for having less cake than guests?
  4. Is there a heavy meal? Some people may not want cake after a heavy meal, some will.  If the menu is lighter, consider having more cake.

5. Wow! I never knew wedding cakes could cost so much!  What to expect when pricing your wedding cake.

Although you may have an exact number of guests in mind, your cake may be baked to serve a little under or a little above the number of guests. This definitely affects the pricing and budget.

Depending on your location and style of your cake, expect to pay anywhere from $4-$12 per slice for your cake.  Delivery and taxes will also be applied to the price of the cake.

6. Wedding cake design ideas:  There are so many beautiful cake ideas to choose from.  Flip through wedding magazines, search the internet.  Google the style of your event, wedding colors and just add the word CAKE….Shabby Chic + cake, Elegant + cake, Red and Black + Cake, Bling + Cake….You will find tons of ideas and you can always combine elements from different cake pictures. Every tier doesn’t have to be exactly as pictured. Some brides like an eclectic look, taken from a few different styles of cakes. It’s YOUR big day.  Pick the cake of your dreams and work with your cake designer to fit your budget.