The birthday party season is officially OVER! Things can finally go back to normal. No more crazy cakes, or cookies or cakepops or cupcakes. Err… ah wait a second I’m a baking blogger. Ok, no more stressing out over cupcakes, cookies or crazy cakes. I must admit I’m pretty proud of myself. I pulled off a 10 inch 4 layer purple ombre rose cake. It was the biggest undertaking I’ve ever even thought of doing. It wasn’t perfect but it was mine. I made it with my two hands for my daughter.
I’m not posting my cake because I couldn’t get good enough pictures of it, but I wanted to include some notes for my future self about doing another 10 inch cake. Ok, I doubled a 8 inch – 3 layer recipe and the layers were a little thick. More frosting, way more frosting than you think you need, like a full out huge triple batch. When doing the roses look mark out 1/3 sections so you don’t have to redo the entire first row because they are too big. Here is a pic of the cake at the party.
I had to put something baked in the goodie bags. I decided I wanted to do sort of an ice cream theme for the goodie bags. I had ice cream cone shaped crazy straws, ice cream candies, a container of sprinkles and I found these super cute, bright bowls that looked like waffle bowls. I decided to do a funfetti cupcake that looked like a sundae. I mean what’s better than funfetti for kids??
When I was in Target last week I saw these Frosting Creations by Duncan Hines. I heard Shelley over at Cookies and Cups talking about them before so I decided to pick up a couple. Little Miss decided on the cotton candy flavor.
These cupcakes were so ridiculously cute and Mr. said they tasted great too. They really weren’t hard at all. I thought the cotton candy frosting was going to be super sickly sweet but it really wasn’t. I did try it (repeatedly) out of the bowl.
Sundae Cupcakes – makes 12
1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c granulated sugar
6 tbs (1/4 c +2tbs) butter – room temp
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c milk – room temp
1/4 c rainbow jimmies
Cotton Candy Frosting
1/2 c butter – room temp but still firm to the touch
3 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbs milk
1 package Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Cotton Candy
2 oz milk chocolate – chopped
12 red Smarties or M&M’s
Preheat oven to 350 F. Move your oven rack to the middle position. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl once or twice.
Scrape down your bowl, turn your mixer to low and add in your egg, egg whites and vanilla to your butter mixture. Mix on low until combined.
Add in your dry and milk, alternating beginning and ending with your dry.
Stop your mixer and add your jimmies. Fold in by hand.
Divide batter evenly between your cupcakes liners (about 3/4 full)
Bake for 18-20 until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before frosting.
Cotton Candy Buttercream
Using an electric mixer cream butter until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Sift in your confectioners sugar and beat slowly increasing your speed until well mixed and fluffy. Add in your vanilla and slowly add in your milk. You want the frosting thick. Add in your Cotton Candy package and mix until uniform in color, making sure to scrape down your bowl.
Take 1 1/2 – 2 tbs of frosting and roll into a ball, flatten out into a disc and place on top of your cupcake. Push frosting down to cover almost the entire top of the cupcake. Take a tsp of frosting and make a much smaller disc and place in the centre of the frosting. Repeat until all your cupcakes are covered. Place cupcakes in the freezer while melting your chocolate. You want the frosting firm. (5 minutes)
In a small microwavable bowl melt your chocolate on 50% power stirring ever 30 seconds just until melted. Let cool for a couple minutes.
Take a tablespoon and pour chocolate over your smaller disc of frosting directly on the top. Smooth out chocolate with the back of your spoon so it covers the smaller disc and starts to fall onto the larger frosting disc. Holding your cupcake over a large bowl cover chocolate with sprinkles. Place one red Smartie on the top in the centre.
Funfetti from here