I made these cupcakes for Melody, who ordered them for a Bachelorette party she was hosting last weekend. They are strawberry cakes frosted with a pale, pale pink vanilla-bean frosting and topped with hot pink and black lingerie elements made out of fondant and embellished with white pearl dragées and white shimmer powder.
My strawberry cake is made with fresh, finely chopped strawberries, and turns out to be a lovely pale pink color. I tinted the creamy vanilla-bean frosting the palest of pinks, light enough that the hot pink lingerie could stand out against it, before piping it through a large star tip in spiral mounds. It's really important to have the right frosting-to-cake ratio. As much as I love frosting, too much of its rich sweetness overwhelms and covers the delicate strawberry flavor of the cakes.
I made one cupcake specially for the bride-to-be, with an all-white corset complete with lacy bridal veil.