Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples

Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples

Last week we did a post on Facebook to let you know we are now stocking the fantastic Giant Cupcake Boxes at very low prices as with all our Cake Decorating Supplies to save you having to shop at loads of different places. Underneath we asked you to post examples of Giant Cupcakes you have made and put together and I want to publish some of those fab cakes shared here today!

I wanted to write a post that incorporates all the important information on Giant Cupcakes such as: A good tasty giant cupcake recipe, how to make a giant cupcake shell/case and ways to decorate your giant cupcakes that our fans have shared with us!

First up for those of you who have seen so many fantastic Giant Cupcakes and really want to give it a crack yourself, I plan to provide you with all the relative information on one page with quick easy links!

You will need a Giant Cupcake tin, these come in hard tins or silicone tins. The silicone pans are cheaper and can often be found at your local supermarket, whereas the hard wearing firm tins will last a lot longer and can be found on the internet sold by most Cake Supply Specialists such as PartyAnimalOnline! We recommend getting the quality branded ones if you are a professional baker as the cheapies tend to rust and deteriorate very quickly. Brands like Wilton & PME are the main ones used and have the lovely swirl finish as shown in the baked cake picture below!

Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe

Giant Cupcake Recipe

So we really need to start with the recipe, obviously you can choose your flavour you would like to make your cake but I’m going to start with the Vanilla Giant Cupcake recipe from the infamous Pink Whisk! If you’ve not visited her blog, you really need to stop by, there’s an infinite amount of great recipes accompanied by fantastic advice… A great combo if I’ve ever heard one.


  • 375g butter, softened
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, large
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsps milk

For the Pink Whisks full method pop over and visit her blog here for the Vanilla Recipe or Chocolate Recipe depending which you fancy.

How To Make A Giant Cupcake Shell

To make the firm shell use Candy Buttons or Melts, these are cheaper than chocolate to purchase and they also have a higher melting point so once they have set you won’t find the warm weather melts them like chocolate does.

For the next stage I’d like to thank Shereen’s Cake & Bakes for making this Step by Step Tutorial and uploading it to her Facebook Page, if you are on Facebook pop and see Shereen.. she has loads of free tutorials on her page and we are very pleased to say she’s our newest Guest Blogger on PartyAnimalOnline’s Cake It To The Max Blog!

Step 1-

1. Melt 1/4 a bag of candy melts
2. ‘paint’ a thin layer of chocolate into the cake tin base (I used my finger as it was the easier)
3. Make sure you get into all the grooves and don’t have any airbubbles.
4. Put it in the fridge to set for at least 1/2 an hour


Step 2-

1. Melt the rest of the bag of Candy Melts (keep a little aside to attach the cake to the cake board)
2. Remove the tin from the fridge
3. ‘Paint’ the rest of the melted chocolate in the tin, I used a silicone spatula to do this and it smoothed well and evenly, I pushed firmly to make sure I wasn’t go to get any airbubbles again
4. Return to the fridge for at least 1 hour to set properly




Step 3-

1. Carve the bottom of the giant cupcake so it doesn’t have any grooves left cut in half and add buttercream to the middle of the cake
2. Ice the whole cake with buttercream
3. Put the cake in the fridge for 1/2 an hour for the icing to harden and set

Step 4-

1. When the chocolate shell has set in the fridge for an hour take it out and hold the shell on each side with your fingers, add a little pressure pushing against the chocolate and pan and pull up (you will hear a little crack/pop sound as it comes loose) if this doesn’t happen put it back in the fridge to set longer.
2. Get your iced cake out of the fridge and picking it up gently, drop it into the chocolate shell. Mine was a little higher than the mould so I evened it out and iced across the top

Good luck!



You can visit Shereen’s Cakes & Bakes > HERE

Now you’ve got the basics down, check these awesome Giant Cupcakes out made by our very talented customers & fans… what great inspiration for different ways to decorate your wonderful Giant Cupcakes showing that this type of cake really is perfect for any occasion!


Harry Potter Themed Giant Cupcake by Cheryl at Buttercups By Bezmerelda – I absolutely adore this, a fantastic design made in sugarpaste fondant rather than the usually candy melts and buttercream giving this cake a completely revamped style!


Pretty Chocolate & Fuchsia Giant Cupcake by Jems Cakes – This Giant Cupcakes really pretty and still holds that yummy chocolate look that’s so fashionable. Jems Cakes has used Sugarflair Fuchsia Food Colouring and awesome Fmm Funky Tappit Lettering to create the inscription.


Full Candy Button Giant Piñata style Cupcake by Victoria at And Eat It – This cake was made for a newly qualified nurse showing you that Giant Cupcakes certainly don’t just stop at Birthday do’s! Victoria uses the Candy Buttons for the full outer shell making a Piñata styled Cupcake and filling the inside with goodies of the customers choice! What a fantastic idea and I just love the personalisation behind it…you can tell how much Victoria loves her work! I also love that she’s used the fantastic FMM Block Tappits for her inscription giving the cake great composition!


Two Tone Buttercream & White Chocolate Finger Giant Cupcake by Claire Morris – I love the idea Claire’s used to two-tone the buttercream on her Giant Cupcake, it makes it stand out and adds more colour in to the design. If you want to know how to Two Tone your buttercream we have a tutorial HERE. A simply stunning Giant Cupcake shared by Claire to our Facebook Page.


Minnie Mouse Giant Cupcake by Caroline O’Gorman – Caroline has gone for the buttercream top but instead of using swirls she’s made little piped stars, often this technique works really well to get a much more even finish to your Giant Cupcake top!! I love this Disney 1st Birthday cake with a giant bow and Minnie ears to finish it off! Beautiful.


Flutterby Butterfly Giant Cupcake Cake by Claire Hills – Claire shared this beautiful buttercream topped giant cupcake with us last week. A lovely use of colours with an added shimmer to finish it off. I spy Patchwork Cutters Butterflies…. I love these cutters, they are great for making 3D butterflies as well as imprinting embossed butterflies on your iced cake board to finish it off nicely! If you are after a shimmery finish but don’t want your shimmer to have a particular colour then always go for Sugarflair Snowflake Lustre... literally perfect for any occasion. Wonderful Cake!



Sweet Paradise Giant Cupcake by Sarah Ellerington at Sarah RedBushs Cakey Bakeys – Why stop at just chocolate when you can have soooo much more! This cake is enough to make you drool! A beautiful vibrant design using milk chocolate Cadburys Fingers and lots of yummy sweeties! I love the lettering on this, if I’m not mistaken it looks like the brand new Katy Sue’s domed alphabet! Perfect fun finish to this sweeet Giant Cupcake.


Frozen Giant Cupcake by Emma Hyatt – What’s a cake share without a Frozen Giant Cupcake and Olaf? This is a beautiful end to today’s Giant Cupcake shares by Emma. Emma has hand modelled a wonderful Olaf figure and used Funky Tappit for lettering, edible printed toppers as the butterflies and the Snowflake Plunger Cutters to create her snowflakes. Fancy making Olaf… here’s a tutorial we found on Pinterest!

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks to everyone who shared their Giant Cupcakes with us! They were all absolutely beautiful!

I hope this helps inspire those of you yet to make a Giant Cupcake!

For those of you after transport and display boxes for your Giant Cupcakes we now have them in stock for as little as £1.79 per box! To fit the box centre your Giant Cupcake on a 10″ round or square drum board for the best finish.



Uniform Size Cupcakes

Create Uniform Size Cupcakes Easily.

Have you been wondering how to get your cupcakes all the same size? I know I was until someone told me a really simple way… an ice cream scoop! That’s right, no more messing around with spoons and pure guesswork! Pick one of these up for a couple of quid and it will make your life so much easier… ok, so maybe not your life but definitely your baking..! 😉

ice-cream-scoop-3-lgIce cream scoops come in a variety of sizes, the one you need will depend on the size of your cases and if you want domed or flat cupcakes. I use a 49mm size which seems to cover the size of cupcakes I make.

ice cream scoop for cupcakes


And there you have it, all your cupcakes will all be the same and ready to decorate!

cupcakesI used mine to make these 4th July cupcakes, banana split flavour with yellow & white butter cream, drizzled with melted chocolate and loaded with sprinkles, YUM!


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Don’t forget PartyAnimalOnline also sell a huge range of Cupcake Cases and Boxes at the very lowest prices. Pop over and check out the Shop to have a nosey…




Beach Themed Cupcakes

Beach Themed Cupcakes by Victorious Cupcakes.


Our latest guest blogger to join us is the fantastic Victoria Threader from Victorious Cupcakes. Victoria is really well known for her columns and recipes in Good To Know Recipes and we are absolutely delighted to have her join us here too.

This Step by Step will show you how to make these awesome Beach Themed Cupcakes and include instructions and what products you will need to achieve your results. You might have similar products already in your collection that you can improvise with, but in case you need them I have added the links to the list of what’s been used.




Step 1

Colour 440g of the sugarpaste pale blue, 20g yellow, 10g Royal Blue, 10g Green, 10g Red and leave 10g White.


Step 2

Roll out the pale blue and, using the double sided circle cutter, cut 12 circles the size of your cupcakes. Cut using vegetable fat to stop the icing sticking to your cutter or work surfaces. Place on a foam mat to dry.


Step 3

Roll the yellow sugarpaste  out finely and then cut another circle the same size as the original but this time cut the bottom third off it and use this as your sand. Attach with a brush and a little water.


Step 4

With the remaining yellow cut 12 small circles using the tip of a plain-tipped piping tube. If the sugarpaste gets stuck simply nudge it out with the soft end of the brush. Attach to the cupcake as shown before with a small amount of water.


Step 5

Roll and cut 1 strip of white and 1 strip of red, 1cm wide. Cut little red and white rectangles, 2cm long for the huts. Apply to the cupcakes.


Step 6

Once the huts have been arranged on the sand, use a sharp knife to score door marks on the front of the huts.


Step 7

Use the zig-zag cutter to cut out the roof shape. You can find this cutters in FMM Straight Frill set 5-8. Attach the roofs with a little water.


Step 8

Cut out the navy icing, using round and scalloped cutters, cut out a small piece to make the water. Stick on, as before.


Step 9

Roll out green and with a suitable smaller circle cutter, cut out the hills and place them to the side of the huts. Stick on, as before.


Step 10

Finally use the black edible pen to dot the handles on the door. Then apply to your cupcakes using whatever flavoured buttercream you would like.



That’s it all wrapped up. You can even use some gorgeous red cupcake cases to match the huts on your Beach Themed Cupcakes.

If you enjoyed this step by step tutorial by Victorious Cupcakes check out Victoria’s Facebook Page and her Good To Know Recipe column! 


We are now stocking white cupcake display boxes that hold 12 cupcakes. Perfect for transporting these beautiful cupcakes to your nearest and dearest! So don’t forget to pop by our online shop and pay us a visit!










Dragon Cakes

Dragon Cakes and Creations shared by our customers & fans on the Facebook page and voted by You!

We have now got out Top 10 Dragon Cakes to inspire you! I won’t keep you waiting any longer, here’s the top voted!

1. Sugar Mummys Cupcakes by Carrie Bodle – “This is one of my most recent cakes – Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon 2. I don’t often make 3D figure cakes – think I have made three that I can think of off the top of my head, so still surprises me when they turn out how I envisage”  – Well deserved top most voted by fans by the very talented Carrie. It’s such a beautiful cake, making full use of the board with some gorgeous Groovy Lettering.

Dragon Cake
Carrie Bodle – How To Train Your Dragon – Sculpted Dragon Cake


2. Cake for Mates flies in at Number 2 with this very realistic Dragon Cakes! ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ has certainly inspired us to create some fantastic Dragons. This was your next favourite out of all the shares and earned it’s place at number 2!

Dragon Cake
Dragon Cakes. How To Train Your Dragon by Cakes for Mates.


3. Dave Mason from Daves All Occasions Cakes swooped in at number 3 with a very realistic sculpted dragon cake finishing off the cake with an airbrushed finish to create depth! This is one of my faves and no surprise to see it land in the Top 10 thanks to all the votes! Dave entered this gorgeous cake in to Cake International earlier this year.

Realistic Dragon Cake
David Mason Realistic Dragon Cake


4. Fourth Place is The Happy Caker with this gravity defying cake! A very impressive piece and here’s what The Happy Caker had to say about her piece – “This is an oldie but one that still has a special place in my heart. I made Stuffy the dragon for my son’s 2nd birthday last year. It was my first standing cake and it proved to be quite a challenge for me!” Stuffy will be pleased with a strong 4th position from fans!

Cartoon Dragon Cake
The Happy Caker Sculpted Dragon Cake


5. – Our lovely fan Lisa Warrant has come in 5th place with this little beauty. Lisa is a Hobby Baker and has made this cake for her twins Birthday last year, I’m sure she’ll be over the moon to see her Dragon come in 5th place out of over 40 entries thanks to your votes!

How to Train Your Dragon Cake by Lisa Warrant
How to Train Your Dragon Cake by Lisa Warrant


It total this week we had over 40 entries and loads of votes so thanks everyone for joining in. Here’s places 6-10…


6. Sixth place goes to Buttercups by Bezmerelda on this awesome ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Cake… truly wonderful modelling!

By Buttercups by Bezmerelda
By Buttercups by Bezmerelda

7. Seventh Place goes to Cakes by Lisa Jayne.. just wonderful, all the rocks were carved from a 10″ round!

Cakes by Lisa Jayne
Cakes by Lisa Jayne


8. At Number 8 is this adorable Dragon Cake by Deb Burnett from Cloud Cupcake Land, made for her Dragon Mad Mother! It’s brilliant and voted by you guys in to the top 10!

Deb from Cloud Cupcake Land
Deb from Cloud Cupcake Land

9. Number Nine is Zoepop’s Cakes with this fabulous Baby Dragon Cake bursting from it’s shell! Zoe got the design idea from Debbie Browns Designs.

By Zoepop's Cakes
By Zoepop’s Cakes

10.  Last but by no means least is this fantastic vibrant dragon by Jennifer Ridley at Jen’s Custom Iced Cakes.

By Jennifer Ridley
By Jennifer Ridley


A huge thank you to all that voted for these wonderful cakes. Why not try making a dragon yourself and giving cake sculpting a go! Here’s a good layout template to bring your dragon to life!

Found on Instructables.
Found on Instructables.


Handy Items for your Dragon Cakes and Quick Links >




JEM Lacy Butterfly Tutorial

Jem Lacy Butterfly Tutorial – Guest Blog by the super fantastic Charlotte from Let’s Eat Cake


Charlotte has done a step by step on using the gorgeous JEM Lacy Butterfly Cutters for us so here goes… we hope you like it and give them a go yourself. You can check out Let’s Eat Cakes page HERE!


What you will need:-

*If you want to make wired butterlies you will also need edible glue, a small paintbrush and florist’s wire (I use 26 gauge)


Roll out the gumpaste fairly thinly, around 1mm in thickness.


Just to give you an idea of thickness.


Smear a light coat of white vegetable fat over the rolled gumpaste.


Place your chosen cutter into the roller pad


Place the gumpaste, greased side down, onto the cutter and press down with your finger to secure (if your fingers are warm or sticky dust your hands with cornflour/icing sugar first).


 You should be able to see the impression of the butterfly

Take your rolling pin and roll from the centre outwards, using a firm pressure

Remove the excess gumpaste


The butterfly should now look like this…..


All cut outs removed…..Now leave to air dry for 5-10 minutes before removing from the cutter.


After 5 minutes, take the pin/scribe tool and starting at the corners gently insert and lift out the paste

JEM Lacy Butterfly Tutorial

Gently run the pin under the paste to ease out of the cutter. Take your time at this stage as the butterfly is pretty delicate! Ease out both wings first and lastly the body.


Butterfly removed from the cutter. If you are not wiring the butterfly place onto a piece of folded card to dry


 With the butterfly flat, place one finger on top of the body and keeping the wire flat, very gently insert into the body


Transfer to the folded card to dry

Unwired butterflies drying….. they will need a good few hours to dry really firm. To attach to your cake, use a small amount of royal icing. For the wired butterflies, use a posy pick inserted into the cake.

Here are the butterflies on the finished cake by Let’s Eat Cake by Charlotte.
Pop on to Charlotte’s Facebook page and see loads more of her awesome tutorials! Or visit our blog as there will be more Guest Blogs by Charlotte very soon!
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Using Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers

Using Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers

I wanted to bring you all the information about these in one post so you can obtain all the information you’ll need and instructions for use, I will also add in links and offer links in case you don’t already have these little beauties in your collection already. This is a new piece of cake decorating equipment that is now a MUST in every bakers tool kit! It will change your life….

– Hello professional finish! –


What’s It All About?

Squires Kitchen has teamed up with award-winning cake designer Helen Mansey of Bellissimo Cakes to create this fantastic smoother set! Who would’ve thought two little sheets of plastic would make so much difference?

Since stocking these flexi smoothers at PartyAnimalOnline a few months a go they have been flying out like hot cakes, on many items we can find we have mixed reviews but this has had nothing but positive feedback and glowing reviews from all our customers. This is how we decide whether to keep stocking a product as we only sell the top quality brands & equipment.

Squires Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers are made with very high quality FDA approved plastic allow extremely easy use, sharp edges and smooth polished icing.


How Do I Use It?

Before using the Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers on sugarpaste it is important to create a clean, crisp edge on the cake coating underneath (e.g. marzipan or ganache). Please see further details below for pre-coating methods that I have included further down. Ganache seems to be the most popular method at current. Ganche is extremely tasty and goes with all flavoured cakes, for lemon & vanilla cakes try using white chocolate ganache for a more subtle flavour.

Use the Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers on freshly-covered cakes while the sugarpaste is still soft. For a round cake, hold the smoother with the curved edge on the top of the cake and hold the straight smoother against the side of the cake. Apply light pressure and gently run the two smoothers together around the top edge of the cake. You will notice a crisp edge starting to appear. Repeat as necessary until you are happy with the results. For a square cake, use the straight edges of each smoother to achieve a sharp edge.

This fabulous YouTube Tutorial shows you the technique used by Helen Mansey.

Pre Cake Coating

As I mentioned earlier on these are some techniques that can be used with pre-coating your cake to ensure the very best results and finish with the Squires Flexi Smoother.

Ganache method

  1. Make a ganache using one part whipping cream and two parts dark chocolate. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Layer and fill the cake with the ganache then secure the cake onto a thin cake board.
  3. Coat the top of the cake with ganache then coat the sides, ensuring you achieve straight sides and a crisp top edge. Allow to harden overnight.
  4. Brush the ganache very lightly with cooled, boiled water and apply a 4mm layer of sugarpaste to the cake. Use regular smoothers to smooth the sugarpaste. Use the Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers straight away following the instructions above.

Marzipan method

  1. Cover a cake as you would in preparation for royal icing to create a sharp top edge (i.e. top and sides separately) and leave to dry for 24 hours.
  2. Brush with clear spirit and apply a 4mm layer of sugarpaste to the cake. Use regular smoothers to smooth the icing then follow the instructions for using the Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers above.


Where Can You Get Them?

From us of course! We stock over 1,200 lines of cake decorating & Sugarcraft equipment and we are very pleased to add the Squires Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers to our collection. They come in three sizes and we also do a discount pack when buying all three. If you are just after one for testing we recommend using the medium, it’s made to handle 6″ – 9″ cakes although from the feedback so far from our customers they say it has been fine to use on larger sizes too… a good place to start!

Using Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers

  • Small Bellissimo Flexi Smoother for use on 3″-6″ cakes
  • Medium Bellissimo Flexi Smoother for use on 8″-9″ cakes
  • Large Bellissimo Flexi Smoother for use on 9″ cakes upwards
  • Promotional Discount Full set – Small, Medium & Large.

More information on using Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers them can be found > HERE



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ruffle flower tutorial

Ruffle Flower Tutorial

Ruffle Flower Tutorial

ruffle flower tutorial
Ruffle Flower Tutorial


What you will need

Extra’s – Helpful modelling tools

I have added the links to the ones I have used in this tutorial, just click on the item you want to know more about in the list above.

Really nothing much is needed to make this lovely easy ruffle flower. It makes a beautiful cupcake topper with little effort and can be used in a large range of colours. We have chosen to use blues in a range of shades starting from dark to light.

I started with using Baby Blue Sugarflair paste and flower paste, I coloured 5 lots of paste to create the different shades. The more you add to your flower paste the darker it gets. Colour will also deepen over night so we recommend colouring the day before in most cases. Start by colouring a set amount to the deepest shade you can make, then you are set to use this with quantities of white so you can recreate colours easily if you really like them.

**For example then you can use 1 part blue to 5 parts white. 2 parts blue to 5 parts white and so on.**

I used the same size cutters for all 3 shades, pick your size that will best fit your cupcakes or cake.

Now this is the simple run down on how to. 

Roll your flower paste nice and thin and cut your shape, you will need to use a foam pad and a cocktail stick for the frilling and simply roll it against the edge of the circle you’ve cut. A foam pad works better as there’s not as much resistance allowing you to apply pressure without cutting through the paste.

ruffle flower

With your index finger roll the cocktail stick back and forth along the edge several times until thinning it, then turn the circle slightly and continue on the next section. Do this until the the circle has a complete frilled edge.


Pop the first layer of the flower in your former. I would definitely recommend using a former of some sort or finding something that will curve the shape of the flower whilst setting, if you don’t use this shape to form your flower you will find it will droop before it sets. Egg cartons can often be used as a substitute if you don’t have the real deal. Otherwise I used CelCakes former 1 in this tutorial.


Next step add a touch of edible glue to each layer, there’s loads of great edible glues on the market such as Rainbow Dust edible glue, Squires Kitchen edible glue and Holly Products edible glue. I have found them all very good to use. If you would rather make your own you can do this by using CMC with water (cooled boiled water is best) to make a good home made edible glue.


Do this with multiple layers until your flower is completely full, I used 4 on mine that was quite a large flower to make an overstated design on my plain cupcakes. You could make them as small as you like by simply using a smaller cutter initially which would require less layers.


Leave your flower overnight for the best results before painting the tips. If you are using flower paste less time will be required for your flower to set.


Use the amazing Rainbow Dust Click-Twist Brushes to paint the edges in whichever colour you like. I personally chose silver on this ruffle flowers, I always think silver goes best with cool colours and golds for warm colours.


Click-Twists are really easy, you twist the brush and it makes a clicking sound releasing the edible metallic paint into the brush, dab off any excess and then simply run it along the edges. This gives it a beautiful metallic shine to finish it off.


You can then place your lovely ruffle flower as a centrepiece on a cake, as a gorgeous large flower on cupcakes or just get creative. You’ve got the technique down so experiment, that’s what cake decorating is all about!

Thanks for taking the time to look at our free tutorials, there will be loads more coming soon. For more notifications on offers, tutorials and discounts with our online shop sign up to our Newsletter HERE.

ruffle flower tutorial
Ruffle Flower Tutorial

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