Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cupcake Pull-apart Cakes

Here's a few of the cupcake cakes I made last summer:

The trick with pull-aparts is using empty liners and playing around with the shape you're trying for then you'll know how many cupcakes to bake and what size board and box you will need. This will also give you an idea of how much to charge your customer. Oh, remember to take a pic while the empty liners are in the correct shape so you'll be all set to go once your cupcakes are baked and cooled.

For the superhero I decided it would be easier to make the emblem a buttercream transfer and place it from the freezer on to freshly frosted cupcakes to hopefully settle into the buttercream and actually pull-apart at the party.

This was too easy for a change :)

Yes, I do usually wish I had placed the cupcakes a little differently after I'm done!
Maybe 2 more mini cupcakes for the bottom of the 8?

This pull-apart was delivered to the Flushing City Police Deparment and they all loved it
especially Deb!

Keep in mind, when working with the empty liners, it's a good idea to bake a few, maybe a dozen, mini cupcakes to fill in spaces. Also dab a little buttercream on the bottom of each cupcake as you're placing them on the board so they don't move around.

And always have fun caking!

Halloween/Spider Cake

Another Dark Chocolate Fudge cake with Suzy-q filling. The spider is 2 cupcakes, one standard size and one mini, also filled wih suzy-q filling, it's legs are royal icing and the decorations and lettering are MMF.

There was quite a mix up on when this cake was due but these customers are so great, they said it was their fault because when they ordered it they gave me two dates :) I did have two dates in my calendar but still felt horrible when they game a week earlier and I had nothing for them!! That's when I decided to do a big spider on top of the cake even though they hadn't ordered that, they asked for a holloween theme heavy on spiders :) they loved it and so did Bella!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Square #8 Minecraft Birthday Cake

Square #8 Minecraft Birthday Cake

This order started out as cupcakes with minecraft decorations but turned into a square #8 birthday cake and because the customer ordered strawberry/banana, it doesn't have the usual square minecraft look inside or crushed oreo cookies on the outside.

I baked 2 8-inch square cakes, cut a square out of the center of each cake and trimed off a little of the ends that would be touching. Next time I will trim a little more to make it easier to frost between the two ends. I also trimmed the top cake all the way around to make it a little smaller than the bottom of the 8.

I iced the cake with vanilla buttercream tinted light green and used mashhmallow fondant to make Steve, creeper, tnt, pig and lettering.

The Happy Birthday was made with the new tappit I ordered from Craftsy! I love the cutter but it is a little more work than other tappits and easier at the same time :)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to my Favorite Sister!

My little sister turned 65 this month, I couldn't not bake her a cake besides, she pre-ordered it :)

A few weeks prior to the big day she said "I want a 3-layer chocolate cake witth suzy-q filling!" The cake didn't have to be decorated but I couldn't not do that either :) and I had leftover marshmallow fondant.

Two Tier 65th Anniversary Cake

The bottom cake is french vanilla, iced with vanilla buttercream, the top cake is a spice cake, iced with cream cheese buttercream. Both are covereed with marshmallow fondant, recipe here, flowers, confetti and letters are also MMF. Also, both cakes are 2 layers, I hate when I have to guess how many layers a cake is if I'm thinking of making something like it.

If you haven't tried Cake Central's MMF, you should! The addition of butter flavor and Dream Whip give it great flavor. No one at the party was peeling off the fondant to throw away and a few guests asked if it was fondant!

See you on the sweet side!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Teacher Bithday Cake

Another dark chocolate fudge cake with suzy-q filling and butterecream icing. The pencils, books, chalk board and paperclips are modeling chocolate, the lettering and eraser are marshmallow fondant. The apple is a cupcake, yes, filled with suzy-q, and covered with marhmallow fondant. The "teachers rule" ribbon I picked up at Joann Fabrics.

I also did a dozen cupcakes:

I found the best recipe for marshmallow fondant, it's easy and delicious, yes, I said delicious!! I had some floweres I wasn't happy with, I broke them up into pieces and I've been eating them ever since, yum! I will post the recipe or a link to it later.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cupcake Bouquet

I did my first cupcake bouquet last week and it turned out ok, not great. Next time I will use mini cupcakes in addition to regular size to fill in the gaps. Also, I will place the bottom row of toothpics angled up slightly, I thought the bottom row of my bouquet looked like it was going to fall off.

Here's a couple of pics

I piped the frosting on after placing the cupcakes on the ball next time I will pipe first, refrigerate for 20 - 30 minutes then place on the styrofoam ball.

I picked the vase up at Joann Fabrics, on sale, and got 40% off the styrofoam ball. The vase has a 5 or 6 inch opening and the ball was the same size. I made sure the ball would sit down in the opening of the vase a little before I purchased it.

The ball held 14 cupcakes. I used regular toothpicks but will be on the lookout for longer ones in the future and, as stated above, will add maybe a half dozen minis.

Feedback, tips or questions are welcome and appreciated :)