I'd been thinking about it all week since Ann Marie had the genius idea of using the GIANT Wilton cupcake pan to make a little house. I had planned the whole morning so I would have enough time to get it done before my book club ladies came over at 2pm. However, the world was conspiring against me (NTS - do not run a million errands in the morning before making a time sensitive cake) and I was getting the cake out of the oven when my friend Jeanette came over at 1pm. I ended up decorating the cake on my coffee table while the 4 of us chatted about the book and caught up. So although I didn't spend as much time on it as I had wanted, it still came out great and I'm definitely going to do this again. Maybe a village of toadstool houses cupcakes? ooohh...that would be super.
So - here are some notes on how to make it:
- Fill the "top" side of the cupcake pan with more batter than the bottom so it hangs over the base once assembled. At 325 it took about 45 minutes in my oven. Yours might be different.
- Once the cakes are cool, trim the "bottom" cake with a slight angle so the top sits askew. Then trim the "top" cake so it still has some roundness to it. This roundness creates the eaves on the mushroom cap roof.
- Turn the "bottom" of the cupcake upside down so the "top" sits on the base of the "bottom".
- Torte and fill the cakes with the strawberry mousse. NTS - be sure to whip and smooth the jam with a spoon before mixing into the whipped cream to make the mousse. I forgot to do that this time and ended up with chunks of jam in the whipped cream.
- In this case I decorated the cake on the final cake plate. I laid down scraps of wax paper so the frosting didn't get on the cake plate. Got that tip from Martha (long live our leader!).
- Place the cake/cake stand on a turntable or lazy susan for easier decorating.
- Tint the base colors for the house. I used plain white whipped cream frosting for the roof (the dots) and tinted a small batch of it a very pale yellow for the walls and eaves.
- Using buttercream frosting and a #16 tip, pipe stars on the roof. Next time I think the white dots should be bigger.
- Door & window baskets #48
- Leaves in windows & tree #349
- Flowers in red & blue #16
- Dark brown trim on eaves, tree trunks, front door light - parchment cone, cut a very small opening
- Grass #233
- Other details #3-5
Now it's time to eat :)