Bigger is always better, especially with desserts! Wilton offers a Giant Cupcake Pan that makes a cake you can use for any celebration…Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Easter, Christmas and many more. This oversized dessert is not only easy to create, but makes a lasting impression among family, friends and guests.
Begin by preparing the pan with Wilton’s Bake Easy™ Non-Stick Pan Spray, Wilton Cake Release, or shortening and flour. Make sure both cavities of the pan are completely greased to prevent the cake from sticking.
Now for the cake, a denser cake works best. You can use your favorite homemade pound cake recipe or the pound cake recipe found on the side of a box mix. Six cups of batter are needed to fill the two cavities. If using a box mix you will need two boxes. For a little sweetness and fun, mix in nonpareils or sprinkles to the batter. Or, to make a dramatic effect, add some icing color to the batter. What a surprise your loved ones will have when you cut the cake and it is red to celebrate Christmas or Valentine’s Day!
Once your batter is ready, fill the cone shaped cavity (which will be the top part of your cake) with 2 ½ cups of batter and 3 ½ cups into the other cavity (which will be the bottom part of cake).
Place your cake in a preheated 325?F oven. To insure an evenly baked cake, make sure the appropriate amount of batter is used (no more or no less) and turn the pan around halfway through baking. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely on a cooling grid. If the pan has been greased appropriately, the cake will come out with no trouble.
Once the cake is completely cooled, you will need to level the two sides of the cake (top part of the bottom cake and bottom part of the top cake) so the pieces fit together properly. This can be done two ways: free hand or by using the pan as a guide where you put the cake back into the pan, place your knife as close to the pan as you can get and slice across the cake.
I’m all about being economical so don’t throw away the leftover cake! It can be used in parfaits or topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
After the layers are leveled, add a thin layer of icing on the top part of the bottom half of the cake. This acts as an adhesive that holds the two pieces in place. Stack the top cake on top of the bottom piece. Feel free to trim any excess cake off.
As an alternative, you could flip the bottom half of the cake over so it is upside down (prior to attaching the top layer) to make a fantasy fairy house or dog house.
Decorate with icing, sprinkles, icing decorations or fondant according to the theme of your party, event or celebration. Not only is this 3-D giant cupcake perfect for the whole party to share, it can be a great centerpiece!
For more on using the Giant Cupcake Pan, please watch my video below, and if you need additional inspiration, you can browse our collection of Giant Cupcake treat ideas.