Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in extracts.
Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely.
Prepare 2 recipes of frosting. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.
Fill each cupcake with Wedding Cake Frosting. To fill cupcakes, insert the end of a wooden spoon or dowel into the center of the cupcake to make a hole. Fill a zip-top plastic freezer bag with filling or frosting. Use scissors or kitchen shears to snip about 1/4 inch from one corner of the bag; insert bag into the hole in the cupcake. Squeeze gently until filling comes to the top of each cupcake.
Top each cupcake with sparkling sugar, gum paste roses, and edible pearls.
Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes; Dreamcakes Bakery
The cupcakes were a complete disaster. There was definitely way too much shortening. While they didn't exactly fall flat, they didn't form high-hats by any means. I'm scrapping them and starting over with a tried and true recipe. I'm seriously disappointed.
I haven't tried the frosting yet so rating is for the cake. Let me start by saying that I'm an EXTREMELY experienced cupcake baker. The shortening ratio is way too high, to the point where if you eat the cake warm you have to actually clean your hands after because they are glistening with melted Crisco :/ Not good. Then, the cake over bakes, and then falls as it cools(no, I did not over beat) and you cant decorate them pretty like the picture,because the cooled cake is flat, mis-shaped, and almost 'concaved'.Also because 350 is way too high...you have a nice white cake that browns a lot around the edges which is definitely NOT wedding quality. It bakes much better at 325 for about 20-25 minutes (no browning that way). All that said, the flavor is AMAZING and very 'wedding', but basically all the flavor is from the extract (do not skip the Almond, that is what makes the flavor unique). So, skip this recipe and find a good White Almond Sour Cream recipe, same flavor, better results