As part of our wedding fare, we were sampling cupcakes, specifically mini-cupcakes. The two exotic flavored recipes we tried were the jalapeno and the chocolate bacon. As far as I was concerned…the bacon idea was interesting only as a novelty. The jalapeno ones were fantastic, but…the frosting wasn’t quite right because it cracked in less than 24 hours whether it was refrigerated or not. That won’t work–the cupcakes have to be made the day before the wedding. The real touch that actually totally made these cupcakes was my own idea–candied jalapeno slices. Yes, they were easy, although a hair tedious to make.
The other complaint I had was that the cupcakes were dry. The basic cake used in the jalapeno cupcakes is a familiar recipe and normally, as a cake, it’s anything but dry. Do these cupcakes dry out too much as miniature versions of cakes? Will removing them from the oven a minute or two earlier help reduce dryness? Maybe.
I wanted the mini-cupcakes because of their bite-size nature, allowing people to eat several cupcakes rather than indulging in only a single one. I do have concerns too though–they are somewhat tedious to make, although they do bake quickly. They are also somewhat tedious to frost & decorate too.
All in all, we haven’t entirely given up the idea, but it is in the hmmm maybe we’ll skip it category. Do I really want to spend the entire day before the wedding hunched over tiny cupcakes? Will they be worth the effort? I’m not sure!