My big H’s b-day is this upcoming Monday. But considering it’s a Monday, and he works late because he teaches that night, I decided to go ahead and bake him a “cake” a bit early. What follows is the story of how I created for him, a cake out of cupcakes, in his “likeness”.
OK, first thing’s first. What I used:
- 1 box of cake mix, which can be used to make cupcakes.
- Cake icing!
- Tube(s) of decoration icing (use whatever colors you like)
- Cupcake pan(s)
- Cupcake paper cups
Now, my idea was to bake him cupcakes instead of a cake because, personally, I prefer them, and he doesn’t seem to care one way or another. It occurred to me though, that I could make a cake out of small cupcakes, which would then not need to be cut. You know exactly how many pieces you’re getting out of this “cake”, and heck, it’d be something a bit unorthodox.
I got started baking the cupcakes even before I knew how I was going to decorate them. Halfway through baking, with the help of some graphing paper, I sketched the idea for how I could lay out and decorate the cupcakes. No one has to follow this exactly, especially because I doubt everyone is going to be baking a cupcake-cake into the likeness of a glasses-wearing, red bearded guy like I did.
So, here’s what I did, basically:
2. When you take them out of the oven, let them cool slightly so that the heat is bearable on your hands when you pick them up, and then carefully remove them from their paper cups, watching that you keep them in one piece.
3. Let the cupcakes cool fully.
4. Lay the cupcakes out on a plate they’ll all fit on, in the shape you’d like the cake to be. Don’t mind the gaps too much, and push them fairly close together to keep them nice and packed.
5. Apply the icing as you would to a full cake. If you want, leave off the icing on the sides to allow for easy pickup/distribution of the cupcakes when serving them later. Here I used a light butter cream icing and it managed to lay over the larger gaps in between cupcakes nicely, and did not fall through or need to be filled in.
6. Now, use the sketch of what you had in mind for the cupcakes as a guide or simply begin decorating them off the cuff if you’re artsy like that. I personally used my sketch to keep track of what should be where approximately.
7. Store the finished cupcake-cake somewhere safe until serving time, and enjoy your cupcake-cake!
When John (big H) came home, I surprised him with his cupcake-cake, and he liked what he saw. So woohoo! We sampled the cake, which turned out to be way easy to pick up individual cupcakes from, and it was DELICIOUS!
Here’s a comparison shot of John and his cake. Note how cupcake-cake John questions human John’s behavior…
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