Giant cupcakes are a fun treat any time of the year, but this festive giant cupcake for Christmas is all centered around the most wonderful time of the year!
Oh, boy, is Christmas sneaking up on us!
The weeks are flying by and my schedule seems to be getting busier and busier (not that it is really a complaint, but I do look forward to relaxing on my daughter's Christmas holidays!) I always remark how busy October is for us with all our birthdays and such, but I have come to realize the end of November/December is packed! The only person in my family that seems to have a relatively non-interrupting/stand-out birthday is my sister, who is born in May. Nothing goes on in May (especially blog related) so I am always on top of her birthday dessert! My brother, on the other hand... His birthday being early December really throws me for a loop. Sadly his birthday cake did not turn out at all this year (I am debating about posting pictures of the fail!) but at least my giant cupcake for my family Christmas party turned out somewhat descent!
I find the giant cupcake pan is somewhat of a "ohhh, that is so neat, now let me sit it in my pantry for a year," type of tool. I really love it but it does not get used very often! That being said, I knew this year I wanted a giant cupcake for Christmas. Nothing too crazy, but at least something to say I used the pan during the holiday season. My original idea was to make a giant Christmas tree out of the pan, but I see a lot of those on Pinterest (and here I thought I was being original!) Then the new idea hit me as I was browsing the Bulk Barn. They had Christmas-colored candy melts and the immediate thought went to my candy melt liner I made for my giant cupcake years ago.
This is where the festive giant cupcake for Christmas was born!
Now, don't get me wrong, you can color white candy melts yourself, but I believe you have to use a specific food coloring and I did not want to buy extra coloring. It just saves time and effort having them already colored, and we all know how difficult red food coloring can be in food!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cake and pastry flour
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk, room temperature
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 tbsp. red food coloring
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Cream Cheese Frosting:
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup cream cheese (one brick), room temperature
- 4 ½ cups confectioners' sugar**
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Crushed candy cane
- Silver edible balls
- 3 packs or candy melts in desired colors
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Prepare your cake pan by spreading vegetable shortening lightly all around the inside of both cavities (make sure to get up the sides.) Add a tbsp. or two of flour and rotate the pan until the flour has dispersed all over the shortening, gently tapping out any excess flour. If you see any spots that don't appear to be covered, reapply the vegetable shortening and cover with flour.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift in the flours, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Pour in the sugar. Combine, using the paddle attachment. While the mixer is on low, add in the oil, cider vinegar, buttermilk, and eggs (one at a time.)
- Stir in vanilla and food coloring until combined.
- Pour batter into each cavity until they are about half way or ¾ths full.NOTE: Since I am using a non-Wilton pan, I find my cavities hold less.
- Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Put hot pan onto cooling rack and allow to cool until you can pick up the pans with your bare hands to flip the cakes out (roughly 20 minutes.)
- When you can flip the cakes out, allow to finish cooling completely on the racks.
- Level off the two layers as you would a traditional cake (make them as flat as possible.)
- Slice the bottom portion in half, horizontally. Spread filling of your choice on top and sandwich the layers back together. I did not touch the top half of the cupcake.
- If you are going to decorate with a candy melt liner, place the bottom half of the cupcake into the liner gently. Spread some buttercream on top and then place the other half of the cupcake on top. Continue to decorate as usual.
- For the liner, melt each color in a different bowl using the microwave (see link in post for step-by-step tutorial.) Using your fingers, spread each color one at a time in between the grooves of the bottom portion of the cupcake pan. Once you have one layer done (do not worry about the very bottom) place into refrigerator to harden. Repeat this 2 or 3 more times until you have a nice, thick liner. Pour excess melts into bottom of liner to seal it altogether.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 5g
I am still not 100% with how this turned out, but overall, it was really easy to make and design! I love pairing cream cheese frosting with red velvet, but it is not a very stable icing and tends to not do well with decorating. The rosettes came out okay, but I definitely needed something more stable. This is a giant cupcake for Christmas, after-all!
On a final note, I find as I work with the giant cupcake pan more often, the more I see issues/concerns. Personally, the one side (the base) takes longer to cook than the top. When I cut off the top of the base, there was still some under-cooked batter in the middle, but the top was perfect. Had I cooked it all longer, the top would become overcooked. I may start baking the pieces separately as the bottom part of the cupcake definitely needs more time.