Friday, September 3, 2010

No Sewing But Did Some Baking

I haven't sewn anything for awhile. The kids' school schedule and summer activities made me too tired. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things. But I was recently inspired to do some baking. I had taken a Wilton cake decorating class back in 1993. It was lots of fun, but I stopped doing cake decorating many years ago.
Suddenly, planning for my kid's birthday parties somehow sparked that desire to make and decorate cakes again. I saw many people post pictures of the giant cupcakes they made using the Wilton pan. I went to Michaels and bought one today (using my 40% coupon of course). I looked up directions and tips for baking. To test out the pan, I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Milk Chocolate Cake Mix and Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla Frosting. I used Wilton's Cake Release product and liberally spread it onto the cake pan first. I baked the cake at 325 degrees. I first filled 3/4 of the cupcake base and baked that for 10 minutes according to people's tips to bake the base first. Then I took the cake out of the oven and filled the top and baked it for another 45 minutes. So around a total of 55 minutes for baking.
I used a large star tip cake decorator and filled it with Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting. The frosting is extremely sweet. Next time I'll try a whipped cream frosting. I then sprinkled some colorful sprinkles. When my kids came home, they were excited to see their giant cupcake.