As opposed to the amount of butter, as Avian Flight mentions, it might actually be the temperature of the butter (or the shortening, or whatever) when the cookies go into the oven that makes the difference. I remember seeing on one of those cooking shows on the Food Network (I think it was Good Eats?) a discussion of the perfect cookie, and one of the tips was to make sure your butter wasn't too soft. I think I somewhat proved this fact to myself once when I over-microwaved a stick of butter to soften it, ended up with completely melted butter, and my cookies came out of the oven much thinner than usual.
That's interesting, I found that mine come out way fluffier when I DO melt the butter! But I let it cool before I mix it with any ingredients. I now melt my butter for every kind of cookies I make, interesting how different it works for everyone:)
How impressive! I've been looking for directions on how to make one of my own, and I found yours! Any way you could let me know how much it cost to make & any troubleshooting you had?
Eek! I'm sorry this has taken me forever, I kept meaning to get back to you and forgetting. Marriage made me quite forgetful.
I'm guessing it probably cost $150+, we never totaled it. The Styrofoam with shipping was about $85, so that was the biggest cost, then the wood, buying the circle jig for the router and all of that.
I guess as far as troubleshooting I can't really think of anything. It really turned out perfectly. The only problem would be not having a base like my mom built, and I'm really not sure how she did it. She used the Christmas Tree stand, and then made 4 little boxes of wood that connected in an asterisk shape with a small hole in the middle for a curtain rod. And, they put a large dowel vertically under the top layer so that it fit inside the curtain rod and the layer sat on top, rather than having the hole all the others did.
I hope this helps, please let me know if I can clear anything up (and I'll try to respond more quickly!)
Thank you for sharing, the 6ft cupcake tree was exceptionally creative. I am hosting a baby shower for my sister and I found that you have to spend your life savings just to get a cake that makes a statement! I am trying very hard to mimic your creation....... You stated the bottom tier is 40 inches but how many inches did you shave off as the tiers decreased in size? I really appreciate the help. I hope my sister glows when she sees her cupcake display.
I can't find my papers that have all the numbers, but I know that the top tier was 9 inches. With 9 tiers, we just gradually decreased from 40" to 9", and each tier was a different size. I think each was approximately 4 inches smaller than the one below it, we were very exact and used 15ths and 16ths of inches, since we had to allow for what the router would take off as well.
I hope this helps, I'm sorry I can't find the real information to be exact for you! Also, the styrofoam between tiers was usually about 1/2 the diameter of the tier above it, just so you can see how we proportioned that.
Good luck for the baby shower, your sister will LOVE it!
elottino- we did cupcakes for our wedding, and we had about 180 cupcakes for our first reception. We got chocolate cupcakes from Sam's Club, they come frozen in a big box, 165 for $27!! We made an orange buttercream frosting, and frosted them all the night before, took 3 people about 2 hours, if that. Pictures are here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255004.0
We had little kids and little cheesecakes added, and we planned for people to help themselves to extra. I don't know what our final total of people attending was (it was more of a come and go, buffet thing), but we probably had at least 150, and had lots of cupcakes left. If it was a sit-down dinner, probably at least one for everyone, and maybe 50 extra for those who just want more! I would definitely look into Sam's Club, their cake is very good, very moist, but they only do chocolate and vanilla. Everyone raved about our cupcakes though, so I can recommend them:)
I don't know if you still view this site, but the photos of the cupcake tree are not posting and I am so super curious to see what the process looks like. If you can repost them, it would be very helpful!
They are loading just fine for me, photobucket is still hosting them. Weird. I'll try posting one here and see what that does. Let me know!
Lovely, lovely, lovely! I'm planning a cupcake tree for my wedding next year, and am so inspired to see how beautifully it can be done on the diy!
Did you do the cupcakes too? I've got to admit...the idea of baking so many little cakes is a little daunting. Lucky I've got lots of time to practice and a fiance who'd be happy to eat any mistakes I make along the way.
We ordered them unfrosted from Sam's Club, they were so cheap! Got 165 for about $27, so saved a ton of time there. Then we just made delicious orange flavored buttercream frosting and frosted them all, then added pink food glitter things from the cake decorating section. I actually didn't help since I got sent to bed the night before, but I don't think it took long. I helped for the second reception and it only took a couple hours with 3 people frosting. We used a giant tip (size 1M) and it was quick.
Wow!!! I love that the cupcakes have little pink sprinkles to match the flowers. I can not believe how big this is. Where there kids at the wedding? That would have been my dream come true as a little girl it looks like something out of a fairy tale.
There were lots of little kids, I have some great pictures of them checking out the cupcakes. It was definitely fun to have something so much taller than them that they were in awe of:)
Wow, a million dollars? That's a lot of monies for a dress I was wondering what those little things were but I guess I forgot to ask. I'm assuming your colors were pink and brown. I looove that color combo!
Pretty much pink and brown, and then green. Our invites were actually green and brown- crap, I forgot pictures of those! Ok, soon. I kinda just used any color I wanted, and it was perfect:)