I did this for my son’s teacher’s birthday party but this would be a fun Valentine’s Day idea also!
You will need 12 5 oz. cups. I laid them out in a heart shape so I could keep it straight how they go together.
I started with the bottom three and stapled them all to each other.
Make sure that you pinch together well so that the ends of the staple get squished down – really technical terms, huh?!?!?!
Here you can see how each cup is stapled at every point that they touch. You will need to stagger the edges of the cup. The center is usually the highest point so you can work down or up from that point.
Here you can see how the center stands taller than the edges.
I added a plastic wrap strip that goes underneath the cupcake so that you can pull on the “tab” to help lift the cupcake without getting you fingers full of frosting!
Then I added the cupcakes and frosted them with a large swirl, added a fondant flower and, using double stick tape on the cups, attached one sheet of tissue paper around.
Simple and quick, but pretty and fun!
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When I get a request for a cake that is based on an actual object, I usually try to go directly off of an image. In this case, I found a picture of a cozy coupe from the front and traced the outline and major details also. I just hold the blank paper on top of the printed picture and use a pencil to draw the lines. I then scanned this in and inserted the picture into a drawing program where I could expand the picture to the size I needed to use the most amount of the 9×13 cake I made. In this case I trimmed the sides of the top and added them to the top to make the correct height of the cozy coupe. I also did some skimming to give it more dimension – adding the skimmed off parts to the eyes and face of the coupe. After I had it to the point I was satisfied, I then crumb coated to seal in the moisture while I worked with the different colors.
I piped on the main color – in this instance – red, and smoothed and made impressions for the bumper and mouth.
When I am working with buttercream I like to use waxed paper as a mask to keep the colors separate. So before I piped on the black, I cut out waxed paper and covered the well- crusted red so the black would not overlap where it shouldn’t.
After allowing the black to crust and smoothing them, I went on to the white. The background of the cab portion and the eyes were white. I did not use a waxed paper mask for these, but very carefully piped and smooth the colors trying to keep a relatively straight clean line between colors.
Then it was time to add the yellow cab portion. Again, I piped the yellow on with a large round tip which helped to keep a nice line between colors.
Waiting between each color takes a lot of time, so it probably took me an hour and half on and off working on just the base icing of this cake! If you are comfortable with fondant (and the people you serve like it!), that would be a much faster avenue of covering a cake like this.
Now – here comes the fun part – the details. This is where a cake comes to life!
Here is the little smash cake that went with it…
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Last weekend was busy with cakes and I took a few extra pictures to share how they were put together! This was for a little boy who was turning 2.
I started with a 9×13 chocolate cake.
I cut the cake in thirds the long way – giving me 3 3”x13” strips.
I then used the above image to form the airplane. I did some rounding of the body along the bottom and also along the front. I also shaved some off the top between the cabin and the tail fin. I also shortened the back wings so they were shorter than the front wings. All in all, it went pretty quickly. I then threw a quick crumb coat on the whole works to hold in all the –- you guessed it! — crumbs.
The sky if really the limit for how you want to decorate the shape. I didn’t have a lot of time so I stuck with the white with colored accents. But you could easily do different colored wings and belly or more embellishments like stars etc. I added a few “clouds” along the edges to give the impression of clouds.
The little boy was pretty excited about it, so that makes it a lot of fun!
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