Wedding cake cupcakes for two, for your wedding anniversary!
Not to be a buzzkill, but someone looked me right in the face and told me a wedding cake for two is a dumb idea.
She clearly has not drank the 'dessert for two' koolaid and realized how cool it is to make miniature desserts. (Or, she can resist leftover cookies and cupcakes better than I can, who knows? Maybe a pan of brownies doesn't whisper to her, begging her to eat them the way they do to me).
The point is: the criticism stuck with me for a long time. Sometimes, it's a good thing when someone undermines your passion; it makes you re-evaluate.
I immediately began running through my elevator pitch of what exactly 'dessert for two' is, and what it means to me. After some small tweaks to my verbiage, and I add more emphasis on 'small batch' and 'no leftovers' and 'date night,' because that's what dessert for two means to me.
It's a way to enjoy desserts without tons of leftovers (a new dessert everyday, if you wish!), it's a fun way to bake (just 1 egg and small scoops of flour!), and it's the perfect cap on date night.
All good things, you know?
Would you make wedding cake cupcakes?
So, what I want to know is: are you with me? Would you make a mini wedding cake on your anniversary? Would you make wedding cake cupcakes on your wedding anniversary, or on a random Tuesday just because you really love almond-scented cupcakes with buttercream roses and sugar pearls?
I know who's on my team. Ina is on my team. She makes a mini wedding cake for Jeffrey on their anniversary, and since they are #relationshipgoals, we best do the same.
So, what exactly is wedding cake flavor?
Wedding cake cupcakes: they're light and fluffy because they're made with only egg whites. They're rich because they're made with sour cream. They're delicately almond-scented, because that is what gives wedding cake it's traditional flavor.
The buttercream on top is perfection. Sally teaches us how to make buttercream roses, and it's the best tutorial. You won't believe how freaking easy they are! Plus, they're made with the one piping tip we all have in our drawer.
This recipe makes just 4 cupcakes, but I'm showing more than 4 here in the photos because I have several batches laying around. The recipe is easily doubled, too!
Happy Anniversary (or happy Tuesday!)
Wedding Cake Cupcakes for Two
Wedding cake cupcakes, small batch style.
For the cupcakes:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 large egg white, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons sour cream, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of fine salt
For the frosting:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- sprinkles, for decorating
- Preheat the oven to 350, and line four cups in a muffin pan with paper liners.
- First, make the cupcakes: In a medium bowl, beat with an electric mixer the butter, sugar and almond extract. Beat until light and fluffy, at least 30 seconds.
- Add the egg white and beat until combined.
- Next, beat in the sour cream.
- Finally, sprinkle the flour, baking powder and salt evenly over the batter, and then beat until just combined.
- Divide the batter between the cupcake liners, and bake on the middle rack for 17-20 minutes. When done, the tops will spring back, and a toothpick inserted will come out clean.
- Let the cupcakes cool.
- To make the frosting: beat the butter in a small bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of the cream and the almond extract. Beat until very light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add more cream, if necessary.
- Scrape the frosting into a piping bag fitting with a star tip (I used a Wilton 1M). To make the rose shape, make a circle starting in the center of the cupcake and work your way out.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 0gSugar: 41gProtein: 3g
Made these last night for a little party. They were fairly easy to whip up. The batter was very thick and seemed to need extra time in the oven. Nice flavor, consistency seemed seemed almost like pound cake (which I like but wasn’t expecting based on other comments). Made plenty of sweet icing which I chose to flavor as vanilla rather than more almond. Will definitely try more if these small batch muffin recipes, thank you!
what kind of sprinkles did u use? I cant find the rectangle ones in your pix.
Christina Lane says
Those are colored sugar crystals.
Made these for my mother-in-laws birthday. Sadly, I did not get to try them but they baked up beautifully. I made a dumb mistake. For some reason I second guessed whether this was a two cupcake or four cupcake recipe after I mixed the batter. I have made many of your recipes before, but this batter seemed pretty light in volume. The recipe title caught my eye (wedding cake for two) so I incorrectly assumed it was a two cupcake recipe. Did not realize until after I baked them that I was wrong. Anyway, I only baked a couple of minutes extra and the cupcakes seemed done. Frosting was more than two cupcakes technically needed, but it was SO good. I was told they were great but I’ll never know! As an aside, I think batter would be perfect for three cupcakes.