Hello! It’s been a while since I wrote a blog about cupcakes and it’s been even longer since I made any. Today I wanted to share some cupcakes and a smash cake I made for my BFF’s daughter’s 1st birthday. I had so much fun making these and I think they turned out pretty cute!
- Cupcakes and a small cake
- White frosting
- Red, Pink, blue, purple, orange gel food coloring. I bought a set from Meijer with primary colors to make my own colors.
- Sculptable Frosting (You could use fondant too, but I am not a fan of it)
- Small skewers or toothpicks for the cupcake toppers
- Edible Markers
- A deck of cards (I just happened to have heart ones laying around from something that weren’t even open)
- Gold paint (I bought airbrush paint because I was actually going to airbrush the clocks and roses but then my airbrush broke! I ended up just using the airbrush paint as regular paint)
- Blue Glitter paper (I had some Cricut paper from a sale)
- Construction paper in purple/ dark pink, light pink, reddish (I had a maroon color), yellow and white for the Cheshire Cat
- Cheshire Cat SVG
- Eat Me SVG
How to Make the Cupcake Toppers
Eat Me and Cheshire Cat
I used a Cricut for both of these toppers and attached the SVG files above so you also have the files. The Eat Me topper I cut out of a light blue, sparkle paper and used a fine Cricut marker to write EAT ME. I did go back and trace it with a Sharpie because I wanted it to be darker when I was done.
The Cheshire Cat was a little tough because the pieces were so small. I used the appropriate colored construction paper and used the custom, construction paper setting to cut out the pieces. Everything is color coded in the SVG file so you should be able to follow that. Once that was done, I carefully weeded the pieces (not all of them made it out in one piece, but it still worked out) and glued them together with a glue stick. It took some time and patience but they turned out so cute!
For the pocket watches, you could use fondant and that might result in a little bit of a prettier watch, but fondant tastes gross, ha ha. I used edible frosting (recipe link above) to make an edible stop watch. These definitely don’t hold up as well as fondant because it does get soft when it warms up, but it has worked for everything I used it for so far.
I made the dough, rolled it out on parchment paper ( I should’ve kept going to make it thinner because these ended up pretty thick) and then I used a smaller cup I had I the kitchen to cut out circles and an even smaller one to cut an even smaller circle for the face. I took a little ball, attached it to the larger circle and shaped it to look like the button on a stop watch. I then put all of the pieces in the refrigerator and let it cool so it was hard.
Once they were hard, I painted the large parts with the gold airbrush paint. I waited for it to dry for a few minutes and gave it a few more coats. I think I did 3-4 coats total. I also used the edible markers to draw a clock face on the small circle. I put them back in the refrigerator to harden and then put a little frosting on the gold part of the clock and used that to “glue” the face to the clock!
While I was making the stop watch, I made the candle at the same time. I took the white Sculptable Frosting and some that I dyed purple, rolled them into logs and then wrapped them around a wooden skewer (obviously this was removed before the cake was smashed by the birthday girl). I then rolled it around to make the candle flat. I also dyed some yellow and shaped a flame. I put it together and put it in the refrigerator to cool. It certainly isn’t perfect, but it worked.
How to Make the Smash Cake
I’m not a cake baker, ha ha. I love making cupcakes but cakes, not so much. This one was pretty easy to decorate though. I wanted to make the unbirthday cake from Alice in Wonderland. I just used a boxed cake mix and split it into 3 tiers and actually colored each tier pink, purple and teal so it would be colored inside as well (I forgot to take a picture of that). After the tiers cooled, I wrapped them in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer overnight. The next day, I let them thaw for about 20 minutes, cut the tops off and used frosting in between each layer to stack them. I then stuck it back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
While the cake was cooling, I put some pink food coloring in some of the icing (make sure to leave some white for the accents) and made it light pink. You can also use frosting to pipe the flowers, but I actually ran out of frosting and had left over Sculptable Frosting, so I just dyed some of that blue.
Once the cake was cool, I covered it in pink frosting, piped the white pearls on it, placed the blue flowers in the right spot, put the candle and there you have it, a very merry un-birthday cake!
How to Assemble the Cupcakes
Now it’s time to put all your hard work together! I had one set of cupcakes with very light frosting, which is what I used the Eat Me and Cheshire Cat toppers for. The other cupcakes I could put stuff right on the frosting. I iced two cupcake as normal and put the stop watch and the heart card on it for the queen of hearts. The last cupcake I was going to airbrush half red for painting the roses red, but turns out my airbrush no longer works so I ended up having to scrape the icing off the cupcakes and try to make other painted roses. I put half white and half red icing in into the icing bag and squeezed it out until it turned into the look I wanted. In the end, I was still able to get a white and red rose. There you have it, adorable Alice and Wonderland cupcakes and smash cake!