Posted on: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sweet Inspirations: Daisy Cakes

Daisy Cakes

Did You Know? Daisies are not one flower. A Daisy is made up of two types of flowers - disk florets and petal-like white ray florets. The Disk florets are at the center and the ray florets are at the periphery, arranged to give the impression of being a single flower.

Chris and I had our second cupcake order over the weekend for Sweet Inspirations, and this time it was for a bachelorette party. The bride is a huge fan of daisies, so one of her friends requested daisy cupcakes from us to go along with the theme of the wedding. After throwing back a few ideas between the two of us, we settled on these, and couldn't have been happier with the result. And from the looks that we got when we delivered them, we were reassured that the bride would absolutely love them.

A vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream was asked for, so with a little gel coloring, we tinted the centers yellow, and piped creamy white petals around them, but not before applying a thin layer of frosting to the base beneath. I love how the petals fan out around the soft serve-like centers, giving the cupcakes a bit of height. The only thing left to do was to come up with one of our signature quotes, and Chris was all over that aspect.



Daisy Cakes

Daisy Cakes

Being a philosophy major, Chris thought it would be a unique touch to deliver all of our baked goods with a personalized quote to fit the occasion. This time around, he went with one of his originals, channeling his "inner girlfriend" to come up with something special. He pretty much nailed the whole sisterhood thing down with this one. And like I said before, if you live in the South Shore area, and are looking for something special for your next party, send me an email, and we'll think of something to fit your tastes, quote and all.


Bachelorette Quote


Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream
Adapted from the Joy of Baking

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
Vanilla Buttercream, recipe follows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and sugar, in the bowl of an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill the muffin cups with batter about 2/3 to the top. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with the vanilla buttercream, and decorate as desired.

Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes.

Vanilla Buttercream

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
6-8 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk

Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, add the confectioners' sugar, scraping down the bowl halfway through. Add the milk, and the rest of the sugar, and continue to beat until you've reached your desired consistency. Be sure not to whip too long, or the frosting may begin to separate.

Makes enough for 2 dozen cupcakes.


Daisy Cakes

29 comments:

  1. Such cute cupcakes! I absolutely love your logo design too.

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  2. What a great batch!! So glad that the orders are ringing in :-)

    I didn't realize you were a philosophy major - I take a lot of philosophy courses at my university, so I have quite a few favorite philosophers that I like to read about.

    Alright, I'm done with this weird comment, haha.

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  3. Those are absolutely adorable! A nice change of pace from the standard swirls and mounds of frosting, that's for sure.

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  4. Very nice piping. I always get mine messed up; my hands are always too shaky

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  5. They are so pretty! Daisies are always so nice to look at.

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  6. I love daisies. These cupcakes are beautiful!

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  7. Those are just adorable! And I love the girlfriend saying

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  8. Gorgeous! I love how yellow the centers are.

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  9. I'm bookmarking this lovely way of decorating cupcakes. Perfectly summer.

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  10. Lovely. Now you must invent something like an egg carton to keep the icing from mashing against each other. How do you get them out of the box without messing them up? - Margaret

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  11. Your cupcakes are so pretty! The daisies look great, and the vanilla buttercream sounds delicious.

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  12. I had to take a minute to tell you that I love these cupcakes. They made me smile as soon as the picture popped up on Taste Spotting!

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  13. My mom would love these cupcakes as daisies are her favorite. Lovely work!

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  14. I attended the party you made these delicious cupcakes for and they were as tasty as they look. The bride as well as the rest of use LOVED them. Thank you so much!

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  15. Those cupcakes look amazing!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect for spring, perfect for a shower! Really cute and a clear sign that business is blooming (pun intended! - hhha sorry, I'm terrible at puns!)
    The wedding I'm catering in July will have cupcakes, I wish I could order them from you... but I'm affraid the airfare bill would take them out of my price point ;)

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  17. stunning! and piped with a baggie? i'll definitely have to try that out...though i'm sure my piping skills are horrible.

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  18. GREAT job! I love how you said he channeled his inner girlfriend! :)
    ~ingrid

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  19. Hayley,
    Thank you so much for the delicious cupcakes, they were perfect for the bachelorette party and Chris's quote was dead on. Sweet Inspirations is off to a great start!
    ~Smudge

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  20. Your cupcakes are so cute. I would love to taste one.

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  21. i love daisies and i love your cupcakes!

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  22. Oh - and San Fran must sees...for the foodie, there's an awesome natural grocery co-op in the Mission District called Rainbow Grocery. I would move there just to call it my grocery store. :-)

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  23. These are adorable! The daisies are so sweet. Perfect spring cupcakes. Good luck with Sweet Inspirations too! How exciting!

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  24. Those are the cutest cupcakes! Daisies are my fave flower!:D

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  25. These look wonderful. You did a great job with them, as with everything else you do.

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