Enchanted Garden Giant Cupcake
For my birthday this year I decided to make myself a cake that would remind me of my ‘happy place’ as a child. I long for the kind of innocence since lost to adulthood and having a worry-free skip in my walk that leaves me free to enjoy myself no matter where I was, or what I was doing.
It’s perhaps the bottomless joy I’m daily reminded of and cherish in my own kids as my heart smiles just watching them playing and exploring the big world that surrounds them. I miss the childhood days I spent not fretting about the next thing, much less what lies ahead in the future, taking pleasure in every small thing no matter what its significance. Where else could I find such freedom except in my mind’s imagination and eye…where my books had taken me away to places on magic carpets that never were.
I decided that my cake will have me blissfully lost in a whimsical enchanted fairy garden; the same ones I used to dream about after reading books like Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, The Adventures of The Wishing Chair and the like…’happily ever after’ worlds where the grass would always be greener and the sun never sets.Sounds like heaven.
One of the most useful cake tins I’ve ever invested in has to be this Baker’s Delight giant cupcake baking tin. It’s definitely my ‘go to’ cake mould for many of the cakes I’ve customised for my family and friends. There’s virtually no end to number of ways one can dream up to dress a ‘giant cupcake’ for your specific party or event theme and a tin shaped like this is a great baking tutorial for any beginner baker. The Wilton version is wonderful as well if you can find it online or from good baking supplies stores.
In my experience I’ve always preferred to use fondant as the choice of frosting for my giant cupcakes, however it is a versatile cake shape for decorating with buttercream as well. When I do use buttercream, I love piping roses all over the top section so it realistically resembles the top of a regular-sized ‘cupcake’. I would recommend using a coloured or brown chocolate base for the ‘cupcake wrapper’ bottom instead of frosting the whole cake in buttercream. That will keep it looking straight and smooth–more realistic as the giant cupcake’s ‘paper wrapper’ to contrast with its creamy frosting at the top.
Tips for making a cake such as this; find your favourite recipes in these quantities:
Dark chocolate cake (base) – use 2 x 10” round cake recipe
Vanilla sponge cake (top) – use 2 x 8” round cake recipe
Ensure you grease the insides of the tin well with oil, butter or margarine sprinkled with white flour for vanilla or dusted cocoa for chocolate cake recipes.
Fill only to three quarters of the baking tin to prevent ‘overflowing’.
Before applying the first layer of crumb coating, first level the tops of the cakes after they have cooled and you have turned them out.
Central fondant colours used for this cake: (ensure you have ample white and green)
White fondant – ‘cupcake wrapper’
Pink fondant – ‘pink frosting’
Green fondant – ‘green grass frosting’
Enchanted woodland garden elements:
Toadstools – red, white
Bee – yellow, black and white
Hedgehog – white, black and light brown
Fairy babies – skin, pink, brown
Ladybug – red, black
3D flower stickers from ‘Devine Handmade’ Scrapbook Collection
‘Stuck on you’ alphabet adhesive stickers
Other materials and tools:
round, petal cookie cutters
non-stick fondant mat
non-stick fondant rolling pin (Large and Small)
cornstarch for dusting
You may like another giant cupcake idea:
Valentine’s giant cupcake