Bridesmaid Duties… A lot of baking!

BridesmaidsIt’s an honor to be requested as a bridesmaid, and it’s also a duty. You are someone’s best friend, someone’s sister or someone who has been a staple in the bride’s life. The selection process for a bride isn’t easy, so the fact that you were asked speaks to who you are as a person. This will be the most important and blissful moment of her life and it’s your job to make sure everything is wrinkle free.

My great friend Kristie had an engagement party this past weekend and it was a captivating day in Colorado, sublime for a celebration. The park where the event was held had such a charming appeal. Folks brought their dogs, blankets to sit on and food to share. The father of the bride gave a lovely speech, bridesmaids and groomsmen were all in attendance and everyone rose their glasses to Bob & Kristie.

I came equipped with a fresh peach cake and cupcakes fit with the colors of the wedding. I invite you to take a look below and DO try these at home!

Wedding Color Cupcakes

What You’ll Need:
– Ingredients to make your favorite cake and icing
– Cupcake liners
– Two different colored ribbons
– Glue dots
– Scissors
– Sprinkles (or other decor)

I adore doing this for engagement parties, bridal showers and baby showers. What a special way to say congratulations with beautiful cupcakes! 

Kristie’s wedding colors are navy blue and coral, do you know how difficult it is to find coral ribbon!? I got as close as I could to the wedding colors and created these mini cakes of elegance. 

Doing this is easy, if I’m decorating with specific colors, I always choose a white cake with white icing. It allows the colors to pop more. Once you’ve picked your cake you find the cupcake liners, ribbons, sprinkles and glue dots. After you’ve made your cupcakes, let them cool and tie the ribbons before topping them off with icing. Hold the ribbon steady on the back of the cupcake with a single glue dot and again beneath the bow. 

Once you’ve tied all of your bows (I suggest doing this part while drinking wine and watching lifetime), you are set to ice and decorate the cupcakes and VOILA! You have magic and the bride or happy mommy-to-be will be beyond elated with how these cupcakes add to the decor of the party.

Fresh Two-Layer Peach Cake

Peach Cake 

What You’ll Need:
– 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– Two extra large eggs, at room temperature
– 1 cup greek yogurt, at room temperature
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– Two cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 4 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
– 1/2 cup chopped pecans

The inspiration for this cake was no other than the Palisade, CO fresh peaches. I’m a Georgia girl so these are only the 2nd best peaches in the world, but they make a damn good cake! This is best served at room temperature or slightly warm with vanilla ice cream, yum!

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch-square baking pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, then the Greek Yogurt and vanilla, and mix until the batter is smooth.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix just until combined. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon. 

Spread half of the batter evenly in the pan. Top with half of the peaches, then sprinkle with two-thirds of the sugar mixture. Spread the remaining batter on top, arrange the remaining peaches on top and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture and the pecans.  

Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

Published by Jacqueline Leigh Boeheim

Jacqueline Leigh is a children's author based in Georgia. She spent many years working alongside advertising executives, producing inspirational and ground break print, web and television ads. Jacqueline later put her focus on journalism, doing what she loves, writing stories for the general public. She has been published in multiple print and digital publications. She’s interviewed big-name bands and small-town businesses, both contributing to her understanding and joy of writing. Jacqueline has now taken her experiences and focused on becoming a children’s author, a lifetime dream.

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