Do-able DIY: Wedding Cakes with Sugar Flowers

If you are looking for a way to personalize your wedding, consider making your own cake, or a cupcake tower.  It is not as daunting as you might think if you make the cake and then decorate it with professionally made sugar flowers.

Sugar flowers are sweet and stylish and add an amazing look to a wedding cake.

Sugar Flower Cake Shop in NYC sells over 30 different types of sugar flowers that can be shipped anywhere in the country.  Here are some of my favorites:

The price point for the flowers depends on their intricacy.   Really large ones that make an incredible statement as a single piece on a large cake are priced around $100.  Small decorations for cupcakes are usually $1.

Thinking of giving it a try?  Test your baking skills with Sugar Flower Cake Shops Owner, Amy DeGiulio’s favorite cupcake recipe.

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups self-rising cake flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place all ingredients except for the milk into the bowl of a food processor.  Combine until smooth.  Pulse while adding the milk gradually.

Fill 24 cupcake baking cups with batter.  It may seem that there isn’t enough batter, but keep scraping (use a rubber spatula for the best results)!  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cover with your favorite icing!

Amy’s Baking Tips:
(1)  Always start with room temperature ingredients, specifically the butter.
(2)  If you can’t find or don’t have self-rising cake flour, mix up a batch:  a quick ratio is 1/4 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt per cup of flour.
(3)  Try to source ingredients locally, especially the eggs and milk.  You will be amazed at the difference in the quality of your results!

If you want to see more of these beautiful sugar flowers, check out Sugar Flower Cake Shops’ gallery. You won’t believe how pretty sugar flowers can be!

All photos courtesy of Sugar Flower Cake Shop.