A Giant Cupcake, An Attempt, and a Fail.
It was my husband’s birthday last month, and I wanted to utilize the giant cupcake pan that I had. It’s not often I get to make a giant cupcake, so I was excited about it.
I apologize for this photo, by the way, it’s the only one I have. It was taken quickly with my iPhone last March.
Fast forward a year, and it was time to take out my giant cupcake pan again.
The baking time took a little longer then usual, I had it in the oven for a little over an hour. I was a little concerned when I finally pulled it out of the oven and there where some burnt pieces, then I remembered that those pieces had to be peeled off anyway.
Even the burnt pieces tastes amazing. I didn’t want to waste this delicious cake, so I took a piece of paper towel and pressed on the cake to flatten it out. Do this when the cake is fresh out of the oven.
It’s a great tip to remember. It may not look the best, but you don’t waste any cake. Priorities people!
The cake at this stage is really fragile. I, carefully, transferred it onto a wire rack to let it cool. At this point the cake started breaking, I should have known that this project was going to turn into a disaster.
After I made sure that the cake was completely cool, I made up a batch of my favorite butter-cream frosting recipe. This time I left out the white chocolate and added a little more sugar so the flowers would hold better (spoiler alert, I didn’t add enough).
I frosted the center so the top would hold to the bottom with just plain frosting and when that was finished I colored the rest blue (just for fun).
Using my Wilton 1M tip I began to swirl around the giant cupcake to make “roses”. I didn’t get a proper photo of this stage (the one above is the next day after I “fixed my disaster” – spoiler alert). It was looking okay, but I realized at this point that I didn’t add enough sugar for the flowers to have the perfect consistency.
Now to be totally honest, while I was decorating the cupcake I was doing four things at once: talking on the phone, cooking my favorite spaghetti, sipping wine and piping frosting onto the giant cupcake. I do not recommend doing that, just focus on the cupcake (and save the wine for after). After a row of “roses”, I turned to check on my spaghetti sauce and when I turned back around, I found my cupcake on it’s side.
I realized that it wasn’t my night, and I placed the mess in the fridge and opted to try the following afternoon.
So after a wonderful turkey dinner, I decided to attempt to fix my cake. I clean it up, put it back together and quickly (not carefully) re-piped it. You can see in the above photo that I rushed the bottom and that it was “melting” with the heat of the kitchen.
Let me turn it around for you…