Thursday, June 25, 2009

How to Make a 2nd Birthday Cupcake Tower

This is the cupcake tower I made for a 2nd birthday party that was held last weekend. It has fun and bright colors, perfect for summer.

I used royal icing to pipe ladybugs and flowers on the caketop as it was a summertime themed party. For this top tier, I made a light cake using a recipe my mom gave me. (recipe follows at the end of the post) It is a great cake choice for those who like cakes that are not too sweet. I decorated with whipped cream to keep it light.

The cupcakes are topped with flower shaped cookies that spell out happy birthday as well as the birthday girl's name.

I used a Wilton 4 tier cupcake tower to place the cake and cupcakes on and it worked out very well, because each layer can be separated. This made the cupcakes easy to store in the fridge before the whole thing was put together just in time to be served.

I made a sugar cookie dough for the cookies and cut out the shapes with a small flower shaped cookie cutter. I inserted toothpicks into each cookie before baking them so it would be easier to keep them upright on the cupcakes. I was sure to warn the kids and the parents that they were in there so that we would not have any mishaps.

Here they are, baked and ready to decorate with royal icing.

Here they are decorated in Americolor Soft Gel Paste colors lemon yellow, leaf green, and dusty rose.

I was sure to make extra cookies just in case I made a mistake on some of them, which I did.

I did not make too many mistakes so with the rest of the extras, I decorated them for the additional cupcakes.

Cupcake time! After baking the cookies, I baked the cupcakes as the cookies needed time to cool off before being decorated. This was all the day before the actual party. The cookies were ready to go, but I left the cupcakes to cool off, then I placed them in an airtight container to be decorated the day of the party.

Here they are in their cute Tinkerbell cupcake liners complete with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkles.

I also made cookie bouquets, cookie pops, and little baskets of flower & butterfly shaped cookies as birthday party favors. This went along well with the summertime theme, as those who received the cookie bouquets could plant something in the pots after the cookies are eaten! Feek free to check out the tutorial for the cookie bouquets here!

Cake Recipe
*For the top tier, I used 2 round 8" cake pans
**I made a 2nd batch for the cupcakes. Be sure to fill the cupcake liners almost to the top if you want a bigger cupcake. I found that when I didn't fill it enough, the cupcake was not as fluffy.
8 large eggs or 10 if they are smaller
1 cup cake flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
1. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. I usually break the egg whites into the bowl of the stand mixer I will be using, and put the egg yolks into another mixing bowl.
*Make sure that the mixing bowls are completely dry as this helps when whipping the egg whites to a proper consistency. It is also important not to let any of the egg yolk get into the egg whites.
2. Add the cream of tartar, 1/2 cup of sugar, and salt into the egg whites then whip on very high speed. Whip until the egg whites are fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
*Do not overwhip as the egg whites will fall and become liquid. When that happens, there is no turning back. =(
3. Add the flour and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar to the egg yolk and beat, just until mixed.
4. Carefully fold half of the egg yolk mixture into the egg white mixture. Repeat with the second half. Be gentle as this will help to keep the volume of the cake.
5. Pour cake batter into the desired cake pans.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.
*For the cupcakes, I baked them for 30 minutes.
**To double check if they are ready, poke a toothpick in the centre and if it comes out clean, then it is ready.
7. Cool on wire racks before decorating.


Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how you got the cake on top. I know it dosen't have a cake topper, i was wanting to buy this only if i could get a cake on top and i saw you did it. Now i wanna go get this stand but want to know how you did the cake on top. Thank you. You can also write my email

Foodaholic said...

Hi, I made a small hole in the middle of the bottom layer of my 2 layer cake the cake using a 1.5 inch round cookie cutter. so that it would sit on top of the stand. Then I frosted it and added the top layer, and finished frosting/decorating. Hope that helps!