C1 • Leader • 1 February ong>2012ong> B r i d a l G u i d e ong>2012ong> ong>Winterong> ong>Bridalong> ong>Guideong> That’s ong>icingong> onthecupcake Jessica Tanner Leader Assistant Editor Dottie Garn of Fielding has been making cakes for weddings for about two years but has been making desserts all of her life. She offered insight onthe wedding cupcake trend and tips for what a bride needs to know about picking the right treat for her big day. Garn, who ownes For Heaven's Cake, finds ideas for baking online and loves finding recipes to try. She is self-taught and has taken all four Wilton baking courses (a nationwide cake supplier), which she now teaches at Kitchen Kneads in Logan. After her first few weddings, she thought, “This is what I want to do forever.” When asked about the wedding cupcake trend, she said, “I think the reasoncupcakes have become a lot more popular is that people want something different. They can be just as cute and fancy as a cake.” Nowadays, many brides will have a threetiered cake with a cake on top followed by many cupcakes onthe bottom tiers, while other individuals use different heights of pedestals. Another fun idea for those who are not looking to serve their cake, is to create a cake out of Styrofoam covered in frosting. So the bride and groom can still enjoy the traditional “cutting” of the cake and smashing in each other’s faces, a bride and groom cupcake can be made. Besides regular sized cupcakes, brides can also choose mini or jumbo. In order to make them look fancier, different sizes of cupcakes can be stacked to create a mini wedding cake. Another cute idea, is to put cupcakes on each table to use as a centerpiece. They can be tiered with different layers or pedestals. This will al-low your guests to eat them right at the table so you can avoid a buffet line. Put a ribbon around a group of cupcakes so they look like a bouquet of flowers. Using fancy wrappers adds a touch of elegance. Cupcakes can also be individually wrapped like a present as a favor for your guests. Garn said she thinks people like the convenience of cupcakes, which are easy to hold and eat. Cupcakes are often cheaper than a cake and create a unique cake idea with refreshments ready to go. She said, “There are a lot of options with cupcakes for design, taste and size. This is something that draws people to want them. There is so much variety you can have just about anything you want.” With a cake there are only so many flavors you can have, but with cupcakes the variety of flavors are practically limitless. However, if you are worried about the budget, do not offer so many flavors. The more variety you offer the more people are going to eat. Also there is more variety in the colors and design of frosting. For a fun and unique idea she suggests cake pops, which are cake and frosting rolled together and then dunked in chocolate. These are also called cake bites, but add a stick and you’ve got cake suckers. She said, “They are really dense and moist and super delicious. It is three of the best worlds, cake, frosting and chocolate mixed into one.” Another delicious treat are whoopie pies, which look like cookies but are two pieces of cake with frosting in the middle. These cookie sandwiches are actually more like a unique cupcake. Garn loves meeting with brides to hear their ideas. Here are a few tips she suggests when considering the wedding cupcakes or cake. A bride needs to know her budget. When you meet with the cake decorator bring colored swatches and any specific ideas so the decorator can get your vision. The more direction you give, the better your cake will turn out. Bring all the ideas you have, which can be turned into one cohesive idea to create a cake that is perfect for you. Know your wedding date before talking to your decorator. Dottie said it is nice to have at least three months notice so all the supplies can be found. However, she can usually pull it off in a week if needed. The longer the time frame the more options the bride will have. Leader/Jessica Tanner Cake decorator Dottie Garn has been making delicious treats her whole life. For Heaven’s Cake... • Cupcakes • Cookies • Cake Pops When Planning Your Wedding Remember... The finishing touch to any To advertise in our next ong>Bridalong> ong>Guideong> call 435-257-5182 to talk to Denise or Becky theLeader May 9 / Color included Call Dottie at 435-452-2577 for Custom Orders www.fhcake.yolasite.com www.cakebydottieg.blogspot.com You deserve an outstanding smile! FREE TEETH WHITENING OR HALF OFF IN-OFFICE BLEACHING WITH COMPREHENSIVE NEW PATIENT EXAM, X-RAYS & CLEANING ($300 VALUE) Gary G. Shaw, D.D.S. 597 E. Main, Tremonton • (435) 257-3000 celebration is FRESH FLOWERS We can make your day unforgettable. Call for your personal consultation. “Your favorite flower store & more” Bowcutt’s Flowers & Gifts 41 E. 100 N. • Tremonton, UT (435) 257-5381 C M Y K The Leader is now on Twitter, Facebook and www.tremontonleader.com!