The Great Cupcake

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The Great Cupcake

The Great Cupcake

I am a sucker for a fun cake pan, and this Great Cupcake Pan has been calling my name for quite some time.  In spite of my efforts to be selective, somehow my collection of specialty shaped cake pans keeps growing, but who can resist a giant cupcake? I think I can squeeze one more pan into the attic!

White Chocolate Cupcake Shell

White Chocolate Cupcake Shell

I love the scalloped detail that makes up the “cupcake liner.”  I wanted to preserve this detail but I was afraid that it would get lost if I covered it in frosting, so I went a completely different direction, chocolate!  I melted some white candy melts and threw in a few pink candy melts to get a light pink color.  I sprayed the bottom part of the cupcake pan with non-stick spray and then wiped out the excess.  Then I brushed the melted candy coating up the sides of the pan.

Inside of candy shell

Inside of candy shell

To make sure the candy shell was nice and sturdy, I painted two coats of chocolate.  I waited for the first coat to dry before applying the second.  I left the candy shell to set overnight and then unmolded it in the morning.  I wasn’t sure if the chocolate would stick, so this was experimental, but to my surprise and delight, the shell released from the pan beautifully!

Cake in chocolate shell

Cake in chocolate shell

You may recognize the cake here; it’s Funfetti! This cake was for my goddaughter’s birthday and she always makes a special request for Funfetti.  The bright colorful spots always liven up a party, and kids especially love it.  The cake fit perfectly in the shell; I just leveled it a bit to make it slightly shorter than the top of the chocolate shell.

Frosting top of cupcake base

Frosting top of cupcake base

I added some light pink frosting to seal in the cake and make sure no cake would peek through.

Top of Great Cupcake

Top of Great Cupcake

So this is the top that I originally made.  I covered the cake in poured icing and added some confetti sprinkles.  I was happy with the color and sprinkles, but the icing started to crack, and that wasn’t the look I was going for.  Also it looked more like an ice cream than a cupcake.  Hmmm… Scratch that one!

Cupcake with poured icing

Cupcake with poured icing

I went ahead and put the top on just to see the overall look.  As you can see, the top of the cupcake is a little too small for the cupcake base; it doesn’t go all the way out to the edge of the chocolate shell.  Details, details! These are the kinds of issues that you just can’t think of! The top portion of this cake would make a really cute shell for a snail cake.  I’m putting that one on my list!

Frosted Cupcake

Frosted Cupcake

So here is the revised version frosted with Ateco tip 825 in pink buttercream. It takes a lot of frosting to cover this cupcake! Hint –  Use a large pastry bag to get one continuous swirl of icing.

Great Cupcake with sprinkles

Great Cupcake with sprinkles

A few confetti sprinkles and voila! Time to dig in! This giant cupcake is sure to be the center of attention at any party!


Farm Animal Baby Shower Cake

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Farm Cake

Farm Cake

This is a very special cake that I made for my sister’s baby shower.  The shower had a farm theme, and so I wanted to do something bright and cheerful.

Pigs

Pigs

The sheep and pigs figures are from a book I had recently purchased, Debbie Brown’s 50 Easy Party Cakes, a book that I still look at all the time!  I absolutely love Debbie Brown’s work.  She is so talented at modeling figures from fondant and gumpaste, and her work always looks so polished and professional!  I was inspired by her work, and this cake was my first attempt at 3-D modeling with fondant. If you are intimidated by 3-D modeling, her books are the perfect first step.  She lays out all of the pieces and gives you a step by step on how she constructs her figures.

Sheep

Sheep

The little sheep peeking out from the bushes are so cute and remind me of spring.  To cover the cake drum I rolled out white fondant and embossed it with an embossing wheel.  I then wrapped the edge of the cake drum in a cute red and white gingham ribbon.

Chick and apple box

Chick and apple box

This cake has a lot of details, but any of the figures could be used individually as a centerpiece or cake topper.  This little chick would look just as cute on top of a cupcake.

cow

cow

Cows are my sister’s favorite animal, so the cake definitely had to have a cow.  The rectangle portion of the barn is cake and the roof is molded rice krispie treats.

Tree

Tree

Here is a top view of the cake.  My amazing husband made the tree for this cake all by himself!


Dapper Duck Family

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Dapper Duck Family

Dapper Duck Family

Easter is on its way, and this dapper duck family seems like the perfect something sweet for this holiday.  I love chocolate molding, and Easter is never complete without chocolate, so this is the best time of year to dust off your old chocolate molds and get to work.  I try to find unique and unusual molds, and while bunnies are the traditional choice for Easter, this duck family is so cheerful and cute, I just couldn’t resist!  Searching for chocolate molds is like looking for buried treasure;you never know where you’ll find them.  You can find good molds at specialty kitchen stores and online, but I have found some of my best molds at swap meets and yard sales.  It’s fun to hunt for molds, and you may just find a one of a kind mold that had been forgotten for years in someone’s attic.  The older molds have some fun retro designs that you just can’t find in the store.

Duck Family in Mold

Duck Family in Mold

Back of Mold

Back of Mold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made these ducks for my son’s 1st Easter, and I chose bright colors so he would really notice them in his basket.  This happy little duck family reminds me of ours, now that we have a little one waddling around!

Daddy Duck

Daddy Duck

Mama Duck

Mama Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used candy coating for all of the details and filling of the molds.  I really love my candy melter palette for projects like this, because I can easily keep a variety of colors warm all at once.  This speeds up the mold painting process by leaps and bounds!

Mama Duck Chocolate

Mama Duck Chocolate

The mama duck is probably my favorite; I love the pretty pink Easter bonnet! I added the eyelashes to the mama duck for extra beautification!

Duck Family

Duck Family

The only hiccup in this project was the baby’s hat.  I had mixed a custom color for the light blue using some candy coloring, and that particular chocolate ended up sticking to the mold a bit and not properly releasing.  There are too many factors to pinpoint the exact reason for this failure.  I think it was just to much liquid (candy coloring) added.  I have used candy coloring, which is an oil based coloring designed for chocolate, many times without any issue, but some times you just run into trouble! Oh well!

Ducky Easter Basket

Ducky Easter Basket

Look at this little duck family!  All dressed up and ready for an Easter party! Happy Easter!  I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!


Oakland A’s Baseball Cap Cake

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Oakland A's Cake

Oakland A’s Cake

So I don’t follow baseball at all, but my brother in law, Peter, is a die-hard Oakland A’s fan.  He the biggest sports fan I know, and he is unwavering in his dedication to the Oakland Athletics.  I wanted to do a special cake for his 35th birthday, and because he is an absolute A’s fanatic, I knew it would have to be an Oakland A’s themed cake.  I needed the cake to be compact so I could easily transport it, and this baseball hat cake was a last minute idea that fit all the criteria.

Back of A's Hat Cake

Back of A’s Hat Cake

I have a hard time thinking of cakes for guys.  Maybe its because guys hobbies and interests usually aren’t easily translated into big swirls of pink frosting, or maybe its just because I have made fewer cakes for men.  This cake is great because you can just change the colors and logo and you have the perfect cake for any baseball fan, guy or girl.

Side View of A's Hat Cake

Side View of A’s Hat Cake

The hat is baked using a sports ball pan (one half) cake stacked on a 6″ round cake carved into a wedge.  I wasn’t sure how I would get just the right shade of green for this cake, and it turned out to be a combination of Americolor forest green and leaf green gel pastes.  The entire cake is covered in green and yellow fondant, and the stitching was done with a Wilton cutter/embosser tool.  Hopefully this season will be a good one for the A’s!

 

Top of Hat Cake

Top of Hat Cake