These cupcakes may look simple, but that’s when the details count the most. We didn’t just make white and black cupcakes only varying the color. The look is sold by the difference in cupcake wrappers and bows. The white ones are a delicate, laser cut design making them decidedly girly. The hand-tied white bows are thinner with tails, finishing off the feminine look. The black wrappers on the other hand have a very small black on black polka dot and just enough scallop on top to make them interesting. The hand-tied tuxedo bows on top make it look more manly (for a cupcake). When using cupcake wrappers that finish higher than the cake itself, a piled high frosting look is the way to go. That way your frosting and decorations don’t get lost.
For almost 4 years I have been a member of a local guild that raises money for Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. Each year in December we host our Annual Holiday Gala fundraising event. This year featured a live dessert auction and I’m happy to say it was a big success. We had 12 desserts and this part of the evening alone raised around $1000 toward our cause. This cake was my contribution. A 6″ white velvet cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. The flowers are dark chocolate with buttercream backfill.
My mom and two of her brothers have birthdays really close together, so I did this cake for their joint birthday party. One of the brothers turned 50 this year so I went with a black and white theme. My main fous was to just make it playful and not girly. I had some fun with the vertical stripes and made them all a little bit different. This was also my first time making Red Velvet cake from scratch. It turned out really well, but I think I’ll make sure to wear gloves next time and try to avoid dying my hands red 🙂
This cake is frosted in vanilla buttercream and all of the decorations are made out of fondant. For the topper I dipped floral wire in melted white chocolate and stuck black and white balls of fondant on top.