So I was not all that surprised when I offered to supply some baked goods to a friend's celebratory happy hour following her courthouse wedding, and her request was for red velvet cake. At first, we discussed a large cake that could serve 50 or 60 people. While I don't make multi-tier cakes, I told her that I could make a large (say 14-inch round) two-layer cake that would serve all of her guests. But after further discussion, and wanting to avoid the mess and extra work that would be required to cut and serve slices from a large cake, we decided to go with cupcakes instead.
I made four batches of Cake Man Raven's red velvet cake recipe into 78 cupcakes, and frosted them with 8 batches of pumpkin-raisin bar frosting. To make the cupcakes a little more festive, I used red foil baking cups and topped them with white, pink and red heart-shaped sprinkles. To transport the cupcakes to the happy hour, I used my two cupcake couriers. The cupcake courier is an ingenious invention that carries 36 cupcakes neatly and securely without any danger of smooshed frosting. I know that most people don't need to carry three dozen cupcakes at a time, but for those of us who do, this thing is a godsend. (My only complaint is that it is quite heavy, especially when loaded down with cupcakes... I would love to see a cupcake courier on wheels with a retractable handle, like a rolling brief bag.)
Best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime of sweetness and love!
- Red Velvet Cake from Cake Man Raven, recipe available online here.
- Frosting recipe from Pumpkin-Raisin Bars from epicurious.com.
- "Holiday Party Recap, Part III: Ready For A Throwdown!," December 17, 2008.