Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bridal Shower Pull Apart Cupcake Cake Tutorial

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.

47 comments:

  1. What type of icing did you use and how much did you need? So glad I found this tutorial!!

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    1. Robin, I used Wilton's Buttercream Icing recipe and I think I only used one batch (about 3 cups). The recipe is here: http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Buttercream-Icing

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    2. I just made this for my niece's bridal shower! Very easy to do and looked amazing. I would recommend doubling the recipe for the icing, though.

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  2. Genius! I plan on using this for my daughter's upcoming first communion dinner!! Thank you!!

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  3. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What size was the board you put the cupcakes on?

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  5. Very nice, I am having a bridal shower for my niece in April. This would work great. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Not usually a fan of cupcake cakes until now...this is beautiful!
    Donna at Let's Do Cake!

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  7. Geniale!!! Bravissima cara
    Bye

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  8. Going to try this for my daughter's wedding shower this February. Thanks for the idea.

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  9. Very neat and pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I am going to make this for a friends bridal shower and I will let you know how it goes! Thanks for the step-by-step!

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    1. Great! I'd love to hear how it turned out!

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  11. Did u use paper cupcake holders...or did u make cupcakes without them

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    1. Yes, I baked the cupcakes in paper wrappers.

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  12. Thank you for the response..what color paper wrappers did u use...did u cover the wrappers as well with frosting

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    1. I'd like an answer to this as well. You said you used icing to glue the cupcakes together. You put icing on the wrappers?

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    2. Hi Cecilia, The cupcakes aren't glued together, they are only glued to the cake board. There is only icing on the bottom of the cupcake, not on the sides of the wrappers. I hope this helps!

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  13. Sorry for all the questions..love it so much and I want to do it right....do u use the buttercream to secure the cupcakes or canned frosting??

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  14. Love this!
    I actually made this for my cousin's bridal shower and everyone loved it!

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  15. What tip did you use to icing the cupcakes???

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  16. Oh my goodness! I'm so excited to get to make this for my daughter's Baptism this Saturday! So glad I found it! I'll try to post pics when I am done. Thanks for the "Pin-spiration"! ;)

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    1. You're welcome! If you post pics online, I'd love to check them out!

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  17. I made this for my daughters baptism and it was a huge hit! It really made the dinner xtra special and my daughter was sooo thrilled with how it turned out. I would post a pix but couldnt figure out how to do that on here. It looks exactly like the picture thou. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent.

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  18. Hi! I am doing this in May. Did you use standard or jumbo cupcakes! This is just beautiful!

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    1. These are standard sized cupcakes but I'm sure it would be just as beautiful with jumbo ones. The number of cupcakes and formation would be a little different though.

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  19. Thank you will be using for an upcoming bridal shower

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  20. My sister's getting married and I'm going to try doing this for her at her bridal shower next month! I'm really excited but nervous since I just started learning how to decorate and ice cupcakes properly in December. I'm thinking of doing a trial run before just in case!

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  21. I love love love this!
    & I actually think I could make it :)) X

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  22. Lovely! I'm going to be making this for an upcoming shower. How exactly did you "glue" the cupcakes together with frosting? On the sides? In between the spaces? Did you just use buttercream frosting for that?

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    1. Hi Christine,

      The cupcakes are only "glued" to the board, not to each other. I dabbed a bit of the buttercream icing on the bottom of each cupcake and pressed it in place. I hope that helps!

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    2. I was looking for this clarification! :) I'm totally going to do this for my sisters bridal shower and my daughters first birthday (owl)

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  23. Have you tried a tuxedo too? I love this idea but I need a tux since it is a couples shower.

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  24. Hi Christine,
    AWESOME!!! I am doing this this week with a twist...I am using a lrge picture frame with a matted photo of the bride and groom under the glass so when the cupcakes are done they will have an added surprise...
    Rick

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  25. Thanks for the inspiration! Made one today and its fantastic! Would love to send you a pic :)

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    1. Hi Steph, I'd love to see your photo! You can email it to jessicaandcam@gmail.com if you'd like.

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  26. Where did you put the pearls on! And what did you use for the icing!

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  27. Thank u for this... I will be doing it for my best friends bridal shower

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  28. love this! cant wait for the chance to try it and it has my creative mind thinking of all the other designs that this simple method can work for..thank you for sharing!

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