Practice makes perfect and that's just what I'm going to do! After my last failed cake I decided it was time to get back out there again and practice, practice, practice! So I asked my friends on Facebook if there were any birthdays coming up that they wanted a cake for and one of my friends reminded me it was her birthday that weekend (duh!)
While thinking about ideas for cakes to decorate, I flicked through the Planet Cake book and one particular cake stood out to me. A giant cupcake cake! I had wanted a Wilton giant cupcake tin ever since I found out about them but couldn't justify spending $75 on one! (that is how much they used to cost) Finally I found a silicone version online really cheap so I bought it to try it out. Now I had to think about what kind of recipe I would use. I have some fabulous tried and tested recipes that I use over and over but I hardly ever get a chance to just try something new so this was my chance! I decided it was time to hunt down a good plain yellow cake recipe. I came across this recipe at All Recipes.com and was a little sceptical at first, I mean, look at all the butter and eggs! I wasn't sure how much batter these giant cupcakes usually take so to be safe I doubled my recipe which turned out to be WAY too much, luckily I had cupcakes to make in the weekend too so I just used the leftover batter to make them!
Check out the photos below for a quick how-to on making a giant cupcake cake:
Bake cakes in giant cupcake tin according to instructions. After baking cakes remember to remove the cakes from the mould very gently you don't want big pieces breaking off. Cover entire cake with buttercream or chocolate ganache quite generously.
Cover top of cupcake with chocolate fondant and the lower half with pink fondant. I used a chopstick to indent the sides so it looked more like a cupcake case. Cut a large round cloud shape out of white fondant and stick on the top of the cupcake (this is the "icing")
Pipe little sprinkles on top using royal icing in whatever colour you fancy. Roll red fondant into a ball and insert green wire for the stem. I glazed mine with some apricot glaze to make it nice and shiny, it was very sticky though!
To make the label, paint writing with piping gel and sprinkle disco dust over top, shake it off (and re-use it if you can). Pipe an outline in royal icing.
That is all there is to it! Of course you can decorate your giant cupcakes any way you like. You could even use buttercream instead of fondant and go for some cute piped rosettes! The choice it up to you. Have you tried any new cake decorating techniques lately? Or maybe you've trialled a new recipe, how did it go? Would love to hear from you!