Mar 09, 2010

I wanted to make a big cupcake for my niece’s first birthday, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Because I’m a big geek, I made a pretty elaborate plan before I started, including dimensions and ideas for what I would use for all the different parts of the cake. The plan helped quite a bit, and it turned out pretty close to what I was hoping for.

Here’s what I did incase you want to try something similar:

For the cupcake I baked a few small round cakes and cut them into layers, and then built two cylindrical towers out of the layers with icing between each. I stuck both in the freezer for a bit, and then used a knife to trim one into a cone shape for the top, and one into a tapered cylinder for the bottom (i find cake crumbles less when cut if it is partially frozen … but not completely frozen…then it’s just really hard to cut). I iced the bottom of the cupcake with dark icing and the top cone part with light icing. I stuck little slabs of melted chocolate directly to the icing on the bottom for the paper part of the cupcake. The ‘icing’ on the cupcake is a long tube of white fondant which I cut in half and laid over the cone shaped cake in a spiral.  The polka dots on the bottom layer are made out of two different things; the cream, brown and yellow ones are those little chocolate melt things you can buy, and the pink ones are fondant that I cut to the same size. The candle is a little chocolate covered cookie called a ‘fiddle stick’ I think which I wrapped in fondant, and the bow is fondant and is stuck onto the cake with a toothpick.

In this picture you can see my plan in the background – and yes I drew it from both a top and a side view – big geek


StephanieMarch 9, 2010 10:24 pm

that cake is teetering sooooo close to the edge! It’s making me nervous!! haaha!

Jenn RekkerMarch 10, 2010 12:35 am

Can I please come over one day when you are creating these master pieces? I love this and it is so inspiring…and you live just houses away. Even last minute.

RachelMarch 10, 2010 2:06 pm

That is so fantastic. Nice work Lisa. You are both so inspiring.

cara paulsMarch 15, 2010 2:14 pm

hi guys, i just have to say that i LOVE this blog!!! i’m really into making fancy cupcakes but haven’t ventured into the scary world of cakes or fondant. anyways great job!!

chrissyMarch 16, 2011 2:05 am

I’m going to try to make a cake like this for my daughters birthday this year but I’ve never worked with fondant. Is it hard to work with? Any tips you can give are greatly appreciated!! Awesome cake by the way!!!

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