I hope Snoop doesn’t mind me paraphrasing him, but he said it so well. “Ain’t no fun” when your giant cupcake isn’t a success. This is attempt two. I used the recipe supplied. I baked for for the recommended time…and then some. The centre didn’t ever bake all the way through while the edges just getting darker and darker, and I guess just plain old burnt in the end. I gave up trying to bake it. Perhaps I will try another day. Or perhaps cupcakes were never meant to be giant!
These fine cupcake makers seemed to do ok with the giant cupcake, at least by the look of these photos.
The Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan is back in stock at Peter’s of Kensington in Sydney. They deliver, yay!. Mine arrived last Monday!
Also available from Amazon.
Now just need an excuse to use it…
I NEED one of these Giant Cupcake Pans in my life.
Santa also brought a new tip for my piping bag. The No. 2110 (1M) is the attachment you need to create great big swirls of icing to pile on top of your cupcakes. It usually requires a large coupler (the plastic part to attach the tip to the bag), however, you could probably get away with not using one — just slide the tip into your bag. Here is a good explanation of how to make swirls with your No. 2110.
For Wilton products in Sydney, try The Essential Ingredient in Crows Nest, Peters of Kensington in Kensington or eBay. Unfortunately, Wilton’s online store does not ship internationally.
Santa came early to Katie’s Kitchen, bringing with him some Wilton Icing Colors. They are small jars of colour paste, for colouring icing and fondant. A small amount of the paste will create a more vibrant and deeper coloured icing than supermarket-bought liquid food colouring. I find the paste is convenient when making coloured fondant, as you need only a small amount of paste, which means less colour ends up on your hands. For some tips on colouring icing click here and here.
The red and green fondant balls on the left (in the picture below) were coloured using Wilton Icing Colors “Red Red” and “Kelly Green”. The red balls on the right were coloured with a large amount of Queen Pillar Box Red Food Colouring. The Wilton colour is warmer than the pinkish tones of the Queen food colouring.
Fruity and very moist, these cupcakes are delicious! Some people say the cake got it’s name from:
“…the sweetness, which is supposed to be reminiscent of the sweet liquid that attracts hummingbirds to their feeders.”
while others say:
“This southern classic takes its name from the fact that it tastes so good, you’ll ‘hum’ when you eat it.”
The recipe is another from The Crabapple Bakery Cupcake Cookbook; I halved the amounts again. I made 16 cupcakes, using pineapple I crushed into pieces myself. I omitted the ginger, as I didn’t have any on hand. It’s an easy one-bowl recipe that cooks in about 20 minutes. Hummingbird cakes are usually topped with cream cheese frosting and coconut. This is the first time I have baked or eaten hummingbird cake, so I can’t compare the recipe to others for the same dessert.
I packaged four cupcakes in a Wilton box to give to my cousin tomorrow as a small thank-you gift, we’ll see what she thinks of them!
Purchase Wilton cupcake boxes here for US customers. Purchase smaller Wilton boxes here for Australian customers.
This is my new toy! It’s a handy cake carrier that solves the problem of how to transport cupcakes and muffins. Inside the container is a reversible, removable tray with space for 12 large cupcakes to sit on one side, or 24 smaller cupcakes on the other side. The smaller side holds 24 of my cupcakes (each with a 5 cm/2 inch base) with a bit of a squeeze! You can also remove the tray altogether and use the caddy to carry one large cake.
Photo from Wilton website
According to the Wilton website the container measures 17.9 in. x by 14.4 in. x 6.8 in. By my estimates, that translates to 45.5 cm x 36.5 cm x 14 cm. If you live in the US, you can purchase one straight from the Wilton website. For Australians, the only local supplier I have found is Peter’s of Kensington. I bought the caddy about two weeks ago for the reduced price of $33. It normally retails for $55 here — or $19.95 in the US. I haven’t found anything similar to transport cupcakes as yet. There are also plenty of 3-IN-1 Cake Caddies available on Ebay.
Update: I have also seen this at Victoria’s Basement in Sydney, for the reduced price of $39.95. It is also available from Iced Affair for $79.95.