Giant Cupcake

29 Oct

This isn’t a recipe.  I’m not even going to lie to you.  This is totally cake mix from a box, and frosting from a can.  It is Halloween weekend, and I’m a busy girl.  This is more of a review/rant.

Oh… the Giant Cupcake… So adorable.  Who doesn’t think these cakes are super cute?  My niece has been wanting a Giant Cupcake cake pan ever since she first saw the infomercial on TV.  My sister (her mother) ordered one for her, but it never came.  Lesson learned.  Don’t order anything from an infomercial… just wait a while, they’ll have it in the “As Seen On TV” aisle.  Plus, they rip you off on the shipping.  So, since my niece’s birthday is coming up (Halloween), my other sister bought her the cake pan.  She’s going to love it.  I made the mistake of suggesting to my sister last week, “You know what would be awesome?  Instead of just giving her the pan, you should bake her a cake with the pan, and surprise her with it on her birthday.”  I regretted the words the second they left my lips.  I should have known I was going to get stuck baking the cake.

Last night, I got home from work around 11:30pm.  I was done baking the cake at 2am.  Yes, you read that right.  The directions for this thing are… a nightmare.  They don’t make any sense, at all.  I consider myself to be a fairly competent person, but I was incredibly confused.  I realize the mistake I made now… I put way too much cake-mix in the pans.  I ended up having to bake the cake for an hour and a half.  After the recommended baking time (50 minutes) my cakes were SOUP.  I really didn’t think I was going to be able to salvage them, but I lowered the temperature, so the outside wouldn’t burn and crossed my fingers.

The cakes baked without burning, but I was half asleep… and that’s never a good idea when the oven is on.  So, if you’re wanting to buy one of these pans, know two things.  Fill up a tray of TWELVE cupcakes first, and then fill the top and bottom pieces of the cake pan equally with the remaining batter.  That means you’ll be using 1 1/2 boxes of cake mix for the cake, and 1/2 a box of cake mix for cupcakes.  That’s the most math you’ll ever get some me. Another tip, if you’re going to be traveling somewhere with this cake, you need to make sure you have something tall enough to cover this with.  I’m still trying to figure that out, since I’ll be taking it to my niece’s party, an hour away.

Also, I’m thinking this would be a lot cuter with yellow or white cake as the base, and you wouldn’t have to frost the base.  But, I know my niece, and she is a chocoholic.  She wouldn’t tolerate any other kind of cake.

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2 Responses to “Giant Cupcake”

  1. Jen November 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    I think it’s pretty! I’ve had trouble with cake pans a million times. They always have crap instructions. I made Colin a 3D cake of spongebob one time… GAH! Never again.

  2. Sheri November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    I think it looks fantastic. There’s no way I could get anything to look that good. You are such a nice sister.

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