Hey party peeps!
It’s cupcake week and today I’m featuring my FAVORITE party trend: GOURMET CUPAKES IN GROWN UP FLAVORS! Yup, cupcakes aren’t just for kids anymore! They have gone through a tremendous restyling in the past year or two and have become a trend in party planning and have made their way into parties even replacing the traditional cake at kids parties, adult parties and even….GASP…WEDDINGS! Here I showcased Margarita & Key Lime Pie Cupcakes in a Modern Mexican themed Baby Shower featuring my “Modern Bebé!” Baby Shower Printables available now in our shop! Click here to see the full collection.
The trend is so popular that bakery shops selling only cupcakes are popping up everywhere offering a wide variety of creative flavors–starting with the first famous “Sprinkles” cupcake shop in Los Angeles. They have even put a cupcake vending machine out front of their store! How COOL IS THAT?
LicketySplit Cupcake Shop in Grover Beach, CA opened up close to me and I ran in to check them out and was shocked by how many grown up flavors of cupcakes there were! I was introduced to the Margarita Cupcake and the Key Lime Pie Cupcake which were DIVINE! The mix of salty and sweet in the Margarita one was DELICIOUS! If you live on the Central Coast in CA you MUST visit LicketySplit Cupcakes and tell owner & baker Jan I sent you!
My favorite part of CUPCAKES….tasting! Cupcakes allow you to taste different gourmet flavors in a small portion without having to commit to an entire cake that you may not like! I for one LOVE to visit cupcake shops and order 2-3 different flavors just to see what they taste like! I would have never ordered an entire Margarita or Key Lime Pie cake so I would have never known how DELICIOUS those flavors were!
I for one LOVE this trend which has become a party staple! I am NOT a baker, but can bake some cupcakes from a box (don’t judge) and LOVE the creativity of being able to decorate them any way I want. For my own personal adult parties, I splurge a little bit and offer fabulous gourmet cupcakes in a wide variety of flavors. I admit, the complexity of gourmet flavors is a bit beyond my baking skill set, so I leave those to the pros! I also have so much flexibility in matching the flavors to my party theme like I did here by including lime and margarita flavored cupcakes in this Mexican themed baby shower.
I include cupcakes at almost ALL of my parties for 3 reasons:
1. I can offer multiple flavors of cupcakes easier than multiple flavors of cakes!
You can order a dozen in different flavors which is way more economical than trying to order multiple cakes so your guests…OKAY…OKAY..SO I…can taste a few different ones! Seriously, who eats multiple slices of cake at a party? But it is perfectly fine to have a few cupcakes! Yeah baby!
2. They are easy to eat…no forks required!
Anything I can eat without a fork is alright with me! They are the perfect portion and you get just the right amount of icing to cake to soothe that sugar craving & not pack on the pounds! You don’t have to fuss with cutting the cake and passing out plates! Gotta LOVE that! Let’s face it…who really wants to be the one who has to cut the cake into just the right size slices and pass them out! NO thanks! My guests can just help themselves to cupcakes.
3. Each one is a little piece of art that you can decorate & display!
You can decorate each cupcake any way you want to match your theme! You can place a cupcake topper into each so each guest gets a personalized cupcake or you can top them with fondant or gumpaste toppers to match your theme like I did here with these baby bib & onesie toppers for a baby shower made by KupcakeSpot. Did I mention that KupcakeSpot will customize your toppers to your party’s colors AND ship nationwide! Yay! Finally, display your fabulous cupcakes on a cupcake tower and you have a beautiful wow factor that trust me, your guests will be talking about!
WHERE DID SHE GET THAT?
Modern Bebé baby shower printables: Soiree-EventDesignShop.com
Margarita & Key Lime Pie Cupcakes: LicketySplit Cupcakes (Grover Beach, CA)
Baby bib & Onesie gumpaste toppers: KupcakeSpot