What's Up With Cupcake Cakes?
I'm trying to keep up with all the baked goods trends and I've been noticing a lot more photos on blogs and such of cupcake cakes. I've never encountered one in real life and I'm wondering if anyone has and how they work:
I assume that the point of the cupcake cake is that it's easy to serve - no knife needed, just grab and serve!- but how messy is that? Do they look really ugly when you pull them apart?
How do you frost the thing without the frosting falling between the cupcakes? Or am I missing something here? The edges look like cupcakes in cupcake liners, but is that an illusion? Are they really baked together?
This has been bugging me. I simultaneously can't see the point of the cupcake cake and am intrigued by it. Maybe it would make serving the birthday cake at a frantic kids' party easier...
I think some people aren't understanding what you mean when you say "cupcake cakes" and so I share one of my favorite links:
Cupcake Cakes are always a hot mess, as the kids say. I can't imagine anyone is saving time by trying to apply icing where there is no cake in an effort to make one surface. And the inevitable scalloped edge... blech!
Thanks for clarifying for me. I have no problem whatsoever with cupcakes taking over the world. You can never have too many cupcakes, I feel. I just don't get the cupcake cakes. And I'd like to know if there is some point in combining cupcakes together into a "cake".
I go to the Cakewrecks blog frequently and until I saw the cupcake cakes there, I had never heard of them. With the amount of frosting, it looks like they would be even messier than serving cake. Not that it's really a concern for me. I don't really like cupcakes. I make my cakes multi-levelled and full of mousse or gooey stuff. And there are so many better individual serving desserts, like tarts and mini-cheesecakes.
I am not exactly sure what you mean about it looking like a cake, but cupcakes seem to have become immensely popular. In fact, my boyfriend's sister served cupcakes (displayed in a tiered effect) at her wedding over the summer. They were from a cupcake shop in Portland, OR and they chose three flavors. The large cupcakes were filled and they also had mini cupcakes of each flavor. It was great. Then again, I love cake in any form.....
Cupcakes have become a craze here (No CA) as well as many other places. There are shops that sell nothing else. Like you, I thought this was a little strange, too. When I was going to do something for my grandkids I started checking websites thinking I would find a recipe that would be better when cooked in small quantities... I thought it might be moister than simply using normal cake recipe.
Imagine my surprise when I found cake mix seemed to be the universal recipe.
My conclusion... and I am sure someone is going to correct this.. is that the whole idea is to see how much frosting/icing one can pile on a small cake, but attractively.
re: The Old Gal
But you could just make your usual cake recipe (or cupcake recipe), right? But, yeah, I see you point about the frosting. I guess one is piling frosting onto the negative spaces between the cupcakes, too and, hence, more frosting per gram of cake!
Here's a ton of the things: