On top of his birthday cake, I decided to make my boyfriend some birthday cup cakes! They turned out very well considering I’ve never made cup cakes before.  I figured they couldn’t be too hard, the same as cake just smaller, hence the name “cup cakes”, hehe.  Anyway, here they are!


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Don’t they just look scrumptious?  They are chocolate cup cakes with a chocolate buttercream topping.  I used coloured fondant to make the starts and the swirly decorations, and also used fondant for the birthday candle in the birthday boy’s cupcake.  I used the same cake batter that I did for my other two chocolate cakes, which can be found here, and for the chocolate buttercream I used the same recipe I used for my chocolate fudge brownies, which can be found here.  I did add a few more tablespoons on cream in the icing to make it a little thinner.


I used an ice cream scoop to place the batter into the cup cake holders.  I found the first batch came out a little bigger than I had wanted.  The holders should be filled 1/2 way to 2/3 up, but my ice cream scoop was a little on the large side to they came out a little on the large side.  The second batch I made came out smaller, as I didn’t fill my scoop up all the way.


While the cakes were baking I created the fondant designs.  The stars were made by dying white fondant to blue and yellow, and then using some fondant cut outs from Wilton to shape them.  I used lollipop sticks to create the swirly decorations; using small strips of fondant i wrapped them around the sticks, and slowly pulled them off once they were dried.  This worked relatively well.  A few strips that I made were a little on the thicker side, so I they didn’t dry as quickly and therefore stuck to the sticks.  The thinner ones came off without a hitch so made sure you roll out your fondant into a relatively thin strip before wrapping it around a stick or straw.


The cupcakes turned out well aside from a few that were slightly caved in (I assume because of their larger size).  The smaller ones I made turned out perfectly.  Because of the extra moist batter, I cooked them for 2 minutes longer than the recommended minimum time and that seemed to keep them from being too gooey.


The last thing I did was create the fondant candle.  I molded the orange fondant into a small tube like shape, and then the yellow fondant in the shape of a flame.  I attached them using a toothpick.




2 thoughts on “BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES

  1. Kelsey, you have become quite the baker.I love your blog and I am sure mom would be proud, I love to read your step by step and I will be baking one of your recipes,,, you go my Chicky-poo


    • Thanks Aunty! I am developing a crazy obsession with baking! And cupcakes…stay tuned for more fun recipes. I think by the end of January I’ll be a cupcake queen.


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