How To Make A Giant 3D Cupcake

March 4, 2010

Giant Cupcake

Happy Birthday Maz!!!

My housemate and I made this Giant Cupcake, measuring 10cm x 15 cm, for our friend’s birthday. To celebrate, she declared March 4 as “Happy Cupcake Day!”, where friends were invited to bake or buy a cupcake and post a photo to her Facebook wall.

Being a special occasion, we wanted to do something epic, and I think we pulled it off!

The plan was to make a regular-sized cupcake decorated in pink swirly frosting and M&Ms and post that one first, then spring the giant replica surprise.

While googling images for inspiration, we discovered they actually make cake tins for epic cupcake construction. And if you have some spare change and some sanity, then a Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan is for you.

Being poor students, however, and up for the challenge of doing it completely from scratch, we channelled our inner architect and came up with the blueprint:

We wanted the cake to be firm enough to be shapeable without crumbling, but without the density of a mud cake either. This chocolate cake recipe by Australia’s ‘Gourmet Farmer’ Matthew Evans is a happy medium, containing melted chocolate and almond meal while still being quite light (you can watch Matthew baking this cake here)

YOU WILL NEED

Cake
makes one 22cm cake

125 g good quality unsalted butter, softened
150 g brown sugar (could also use white sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (I noticed he used Vanilla bean paste in his video)
3 eggs
100 g dark chocolate, melted
100 g sour cream
2 tablespoons cocoa
100 g self-raising flour
125 g almond meal
One 22cm Springform Cake tin
One 22 cm Square Cake tin
M&Ms, or other candy to decorate
Piping Bag with large star-shaped nozzle

Ganache
100ml cream
200 g dark chocolate, broken into small bits (we decided on a dark cupcake base instead of tinted)

DIRECTIONS

Make The Cakes

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 22cm springform cake tin and a 22cm square cake tin.

Make a cake batter for each tin. Cream the butter and sugar with the vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at time. Beat in the chocolate, then the sour cream until just combined. Fold in the sifted cocoa and flour and then the almond meal. Scrape into the cake tin and smooth the top a bit. Bake for about 40 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave on a wire rack to cool.

Make The Ganache

Meanwhile, make the chocolate ganache, which will be used to glue the cupcake together. Mix the chocolate pieces and cream in a microwave-proof bowl and heat on high for 40 seconds. Whisk together. If there are still a few unmelted bits of chocolate, put back in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate until almost a thick paste.

Cut & Assemble

Cut two 10 cm rounds from the square cake (we used a saucer as a template). Trim the tops on both so they are flat. Place the rest of the square cake and the whole round cake into the freezer to harden.

To form the base, glue the bottom round piece to a large plate with ganache, and glue the second piece on top. Using a palette knife, spread ganache around the base, patching any holes or uneven areas. If the ganache is too hard and tearing your cake, whizz in the microwave for 5 seconds at a time to soften.

Before the ganache sets, use a knife or skewer to press lines in the side, to represent the frilly effect of a pattycake tin.

To form the dome, remove the round cake from the freezer. Cut one 15 cm round shape and smaller 10 cm & 6 cm round shapes from the remaining square cake.

Stack the three pieces and angle a long serrated bread-knife along the three edges. Drag the knife along the three edges simultaneously to soften the corners. Keep trimming as necessary to achieve a dome-like shape. Spread ganache on the top of the base and glue the largest circle on top. Spread ganache on top and repeat for the remaining two circles.

Fill a piping bag with the remaining ganache, and pipe into the crevices where each circle joins to soften these corners. Build the ganache outwards and upwards.

Make a buttercream and tint to the colour of your choice. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star tip with frosting and swirl around the dome, starting from the biggest circle and working your way to the top.

Finish with decorations of your choice. We used M&Ms to try to maintain the scale between the large and regular cupcake, which featured mini M&Ms.


FIVE LAYERS OF AWESOME
  • Tamz

    You had me at cupcake. Actually you had me even more at M&Ms.. hehe. Did anyone else hear angels sing Hallelujah when they saw these pics? :D

    Epic cupcake looks nommy. I love the pink frosting and chocolate mix. So pretty.

  • Tamz

    You had me at cupcake. Actually you had me even more at M&Ms.. hehe. Did anyone else hear angels sing Hallelujah when they saw these pics? :D

    Epic cupcake looks nommy. I love the pink frosting and chocolate mix. So pretty.

  • http://spoonforkandchopsticks.blogspot.com mademoiselle délicieuse

    This really is one epic cupcake! Hope the eating process was well-enjoyed =)

  • http://spoonforkandchopsticks.blogspot.com mademoiselle délicieuse

    This really is one epic cupcake! Hope the eating process was well-enjoyed =)

  • Maz

    I am so speechless!
    You guys are amazing. It is a amazing.
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
    Wish I could’ve been there to stuff my face.

  • Maz

    I am so speechless!
    You guys are amazing. It is a amazing.
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
    Wish I could’ve been there to stuff my face.

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Hon, there’ll still be mountains of cupcake in the fridge by the time you/we visit :) Glad you like it!

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Hon, there’ll still be mountains of cupcake in the fridge by the time you/we visit :) Glad you like it!

  • http://holdthebeef.blogspot.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I’ve seen those giant cupcake pans before but this is way cooler. DIY giant cupcake to the maxxx!

  • http://holdthebeef.blogspot.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I’ve seen those giant cupcake pans before but this is way cooler. DIY giant cupcake to the maxxx!

  • http://motherrimmy.com Kristi Rimkus

    Wonderful! Who wouldn’t love that for a birthday treat!

  • http://motherrimmy.com Kristi Rimkus

    Wonderful! Who wouldn’t love that for a birthday treat!

  • http://www.kitchenbutterfly.com Kitchen Butterfly

    Superb job, thinking and finding a way out….rather than buying a Wilton pan. Well done and the cake looks good!

  • http://www.kitchenbutterfly.com Kitchen Butterfly

    Superb job, thinking and finding a way out….rather than buying a Wilton pan. Well done and the cake looks good!

  • http://www.thereddeer.com Alicia

    Um yes please! That looks amazingly yummy and awesome!

  • http://www.thereddeer.com Alicia

    Um yes please! That looks amazingly yummy and awesome!

  • http://melbournedinning.blogspot.com Food lover

    Wow! That is big! Wonder how many calories per serve hehehe

  • http://melbournedinning.blogspot.com Food lover

    Wow! That is big! Wonder how many calories per serve hehehe

  • http://www.chewonthatblog.com Sophia

    That cupcake is humongous! It would take me forever to eat it, but I’m sure I’d enjoy every second of it! Thanks for sharing. Here’s my fave cupcake: http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/be_my_valentine_cupcakes.htm

  • http://www.chewonthatblog.com Sophia

    That cupcake is humongous! It would take me forever to eat it, but I’m sure I’d enjoy every second of it! Thanks for sharing. Here’s my fave cupcake: http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/be_my_valentine_cupcakes.htm

  • http://www.mangiodasola.com Memoria

    WOAH!!!! Now THIS is a CUPcake!!! Wow. Look at those layers!!! Great job!!

  • http://www.mangiodasola.com Memoria

    WOAH!!!! Now THIS is a CUPcake!!! Wow. Look at those layers!!! Great job!!

  • http://www.brannyboilsover.com branny

    You did a great job!

  • http://www.brannyboilsover.com branny

    You did a great job!

  • http://blissfulnibbles.blogspot.com joanna

    wow!
    i just love everything cupcake and i sooooooooo love this.
    i don’t have access to a special giant cupcake pan so i’d like to try doing this sometime. :)
    thanks for this great idea :D

  • http://blissfulnibbles.blogspot.com joanna

    wow!
    i just love everything cupcake and i sooooooooo love this.
    i don’t have access to a special giant cupcake pan so i’d like to try doing this sometime. :)
    thanks for this great idea :D

  • http://bettysbites.blogspot.com betty

    YOUR JUMBO CUPCAKE LOKS FABULOUS! ONE THING ID BE WORRIED ABOUT IS THE ICING TO CAKE RATIO LOOKS ABIT POOR, I WOULD HAVE A BOWL OF ICING FOR ANYONE TO HELP THEMSELVES :O)

  • http://bettysbites.blogspot.com betty

    YOUR JUMBO CUPCAKE LOKS FABULOUS! ONE THING ID BE WORRIED ABOUT IS THE ICING TO CAKE RATIO LOOKS ABIT POOR, I WOULD HAVE A BOWL OF ICING FOR ANYONE TO HELP THEMSELVES :O)

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Thank you everyone! It was so much fun to make and there’s still giant pieces of it one week later :)
    I like your thinking, Betty. If you were to properly serve this as a birthday cake, there would have to be some extra frosting for those getting the bottom layers. Speaking of bowls of frosting, lucky I didn’t post the pics of the monstrosity we created AFTER the cupcake. Hint: involved cake cut-offs, left over frosting and the remaining M&Ms :D

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Thank you everyone! It was so much fun to make and there’s still giant pieces of it one week later :)
    I like your thinking, Betty. If you were to properly serve this as a birthday cake, there would have to be some extra frosting for those getting the bottom layers. Speaking of bowls of frosting, lucky I didn’t post the pics of the monstrosity we created AFTER the cupcake. Hint: involved cake cut-offs, left over frosting and the remaining M&Ms :D

  • http://offthespork.blogspot.com Agnes

    That is truly a fantastic mega cupcake. Love the comparison with the small one!

  • http://offthespork.blogspot.com Agnes

    That is truly a fantastic mega cupcake. Love the comparison with the small one!

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe this is SO clever! I have that Wilton pan and rarely use it so I think you saved money well! :D

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe this is SO clever! I have that Wilton pan and rarely use it so I think you saved money well! :D

  • http://www.moolollybar.com.au Cath @ Moo-Lolly-Bar

    What a fantastic recipe. My husband would absolutely love it!

  • Anonymous

    he he, yes it’s definitely a man-sized cupcake!

  • beckie003

    Can this sit for 24 hours without going hard or yucky?

  • Anonymous

    Hi!
    Yes it can sit out for 24hrs. The ganache around the outside doesn’t go rock hard, and the frosting stays fresh. Definitely don’t put it in the fridge, as it WILL go hard and gross!

  • Cup_Cakr

    I had one of those Wilton Giant Cup Cake Pan and it didn’t work so well.

    I am going to use THIS for my husbands Birthday!! Thanks! You are tops!

  • Anonymous

    tee hee hee :p
    I hope I am a mistress *of* cakes and not the other way around.

  • Planet_Cake

    Looks yumdidlyumptious! Must try soon!

  • lilly

    wonderful cakes cake makers done a excellent job

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