I recently saw this great video by So Yummy on Facebook with amazing pull apart cake ideas. The flamingo cake first caught my eye but I was in the market to make my husband a birthday cake this weekend so I didn’t think a Flamingo cake would be appreciated as much. I decided on this beer mug. My husband doesn’t drink beer that much so I was selling it as a Root Beer cake. It was random at best but I refuse to buy store-bought cakes. I don’t even know why. My daughter and I are on a mission to learn how to decorate a decent looking cake…obviously we need much more practice. I hope my husband lives to be 100 because I might need that many years to get it right.
First I’ll share snapshots from the video. The video is so fun to watch! As a side note I should have prepared more than just watching a video with no words! I should have perhaps read some tips on frosting and how to make pull apart cakes. I think it would have been beneficial to fill the gaps between the cupcakes with frosting because trying to frost over them was not doing the job. The frosting kept collapsing.
I used 28 cupcakes! I did half chocolate and half vanilla because a cake is just not complete without some chocolate.
Look how smooth their frosting is! Their marks with the spoon actually show up! Mine did not.
Seriously, look at the white frosting. I love it. Again, mine was goopy unlike theirs.
Ok, now you have seen the pretty pictures but let’s move on to real life shall we?
First of all, I used box cake mix because I’ve tried making cakes from scratch (43rd birthday cake was a brick) and they do not turn out. I also used canned frosting thinking it would be easier. I think this was a mistake because buttercream frosting is easy to make and I think the texture would have been less slimy. You will need a pastry bag and an assortment of tips. You could probably use one tip if you really wanted to but I was trying to be fancy. So fancy that I had mismatched candles. I am too cheap to buy candles all the time so one of the “four” candles was from the kid’s birthdays. So, it’s been sitting in the cabinet for at least 8 years. I had to go buy another candle and shocker…they have changed the design after so many years.
I’m sharing two pictures of the cupcakes at this stage because this is the best they looked, it was downhill from here.
I found this great article on the Food Network site when I googled “how to make beer colored frosting”.
How handy is this guide? Very handy, it’s very handy.
I chose the apricot jam color and doubled the amount it said to use since I was using 16 ounces of frosting. Well, I did something wrong because it didn’t look like the picture.
After another google search of how to turn orange frosting into beige I added blue food coloring. So, now that I think about it. I added about 100 drops of color, which could totally explain why the frosting was slimy.
This color was suitable but I should have made twice the amount so I could have filled the gaps between the cupcakes. Again, reading some tutorials would have been beneficial.
Again, looking good so far! I used a piece of foam core board to place the cupcakes on.
Still looking pretty good. The frosting does look like peanut butter though.
Ummmm. Yeah, the frosting was falling in the cracks, it was slimy and didn’t have a chance of being smooth.
I also realized that I should have saved the brown frosting that was under the white portions. I could have used that to fill in the gaps and then those cupcakes wouldn’t have a pile of double frosting on them. Live and learn.
All and all it was a very fun cake to make. I have learned many pointers and will improve by the next family birthday. My husband smiled an nodded and said he liked it. He may have been cringing inside and longing for a store-bought cake but he faked it pretty well. Which is exactly why he will get a homemade cake again next year.