One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2012 is to make at least one cake a month. I want to do this so that I don't get out of practice and this way when an event comes, I am ready. This is my cake for January. Okay, to avoid any confusion let me share my definition of a cake.
Cake- noun- A sweet bread like baked good, made with flour, usually sugar and eggs, but not always. It is larger than a traditional or jumbo sized cupcake. The batter amount would be equal to the cake batter amount used for at least 8 cupcakes. May be made with boxed mix. This includes, but is not limited to 6" rounds and larger, 6" squares and larger, giant cupcakes.
I had a couple of options for making this cake. I have a Big Top Cupcake Silicone Giant Cupcake Pan that I have had for almost 2 years and never used since I wasn't sure how I wanted to decorate a cupcake of this size. I also have this Wilton Dimensions Giant Cupcake Pan, that I received in November from Wilton for participating in a decorating panel. Part of me felt that I should be loyal to the unused Big Top Cupcake pan since I have had it longer, but I have a few different ideas for that one that I can't do with the Wilton pan and I had already decided on how I wanted this giant cupcake decorated before deciding on which pan to use. The Wilton pan is also very slightly larger and I made a lot of flowers that I need for it to accommodate!
The bottom part of the pan took 4-1/2 cups of batter. The top part took 2 to 2-1/2 cups, I can't remember exactly. This cake is equal to about a box mix and a half, which fits into my category of being a cake. I premade the flowers with fondant. The base of the cake is covered in fondant as well, which to my surprise was just as quick to cover with the ridges as flat sided cake. I flipped the bottom part of the cake over to put on the fondant so that it covers the bottom as well, just like a cupcake liner would. The stars on the top part of the cake were made using Wilton tip 195.
I sure wish I would have been able to make something like this last year when my daughter wanted a Hello Kitty Birthday Cake.
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