Bubbly Baby Cupcakes {Giveaway}

I really have baby on my brain.

And on my bladder.

And kidney.  Just sayin.

Bubbly Baby Cupcakes from iambaker.net

 

We are not finding out the sex of this little one, and I am loving the anticipation of the surprise!  As of now, he/she is scheduled to be born on May 31st,2013.  I think that’s a pretty good date! :)

I just happened to find these cute cupcakes in Wiltons new Cupcakes! book.  I was immediately drawn to the cute little baby faces smiling out from a frosting bubble bliss! (Recipe and instructions are in the book)

Smiling Baby Sugar Cookies

And thanks to making the cupcakes, I got back into the sugar cookie swing!  Granted, these are as easy as they come, but its been far to long since I piped out glaze icing onto a delicious sugar cookie.  Last time was when I made personalized cookies for the birth of our sweet almost-two-year-old Eddie!

Good times.

Bubbly Baby Cupcakes from iambaker.net

As many of you know I have been a long time fan of Wilton’s tools, recipes, and techniques.  (Heck, without them I would never have made my Original Rose Cake since they do make the 1M tip!)

 

Bubbly Baby Cupcakes!

Candy Corn Cake

This cake is completely inspired by candy corn.  But not the  regular candy corn, Brach’s Indian Corn.


Have you seen this type of candy corn?  With the chocolate on the bottom?  I found it to be the perfect cake inspiration! (picture below)

But I went wrong on this cake.  I was in a hurry.  A BIG hurry.  I needed to have this cake done and be out the door in 57 minutes.

So I used all box mixes (which is fine with me!) and canned frosting (horrible mistake).

Something happened.  I sampled the canned frosting and thought it tasted like cardboard.  Even the chocolate.  They were all just awful.  I wouldnt feel comfortable serving this cake to anyone.  Is it just me?  I used to not mind them at all!  (To be fair, I stuck to one brand.  It could have just been that brand.)

I am a huge proponent of supporting  peoples choices in baking… if you want to use canned frosting I would never bat an eye.  Heck, I would support and encourage you for choosing to bake!

But for me, I think this was my very last time.

And also, I didnt do a pictorial tutorial frosting the cake because I was planning on doing a video tutorial but then something came up and I didnt.  I think I have developed a really, really easy method of this type of graduated layer decorating, and cant wait to share!  Seriously, even my kids can do this with great success!

So please be patient with me.  That video is on the top of my to-do list, I promise!  Well, right after homeschooling.  And finishing my book.  And laundry.  But its up there!

 

Candy Corn Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 containers white frosting (or three cups)
  • 1 container chocolate frosting (or 1 cup)
  • Optional: Orange extract

Instructions

  1. Bake chocolate cake in 8in round cake pan. One cake will be used, so you can wrap the other 8in round cake and place in freezer.
  2. For the white and orange layers, simple prepare white cake batter as you normally would. Divide batter in half and tint one half orange. (Add orange extract if you wish)
  3. Bake white cake batter in 8in cake pan and bake orange cake batter in 8in cake pan.
  4. For frosting, take one container of white frosting and tint it orange. I used gel food coloring and about 4-6 drops.
  5. To assemble cake:
  6. Place chocolate cake on cake stand. Place thin layer of chocolate frosting.
  7. Place orange layer on top and cover in thin layer of orange frosting.
  8. Finally, place white cake on top and cover entire cake in crumb coat.
  9. Decorate as you wish.
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In my instruactions for preparing this cake I ended with, “Decorate as you wish.”  Um, lame!  But since I cannot possibly leave you hanging completely, I will share this link with you.  Sweetapolita has a great video on how she does this style of decorating.  Her method (while very different from mine) is flawless perfection.  She is a master!

And since I feel so bad for not being organized enough to share my video tutorial with you, I am going to do my best to make sure one of you is as organized as possible!  I am giving away the Decorator Preferred Decorating Set from Wilton!

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I was in no way compensated for this giveaway.  The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Wilton.*About 400 comments were lost due to a glitch.  Rest assured, I am pulling the winner from the rafflecopter widget, so if you marked that you commented, you will still be eligible to win!  So sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.