Sunday, August 23, 2015

DIY Giant Cupcake Smash Cake

I started my cake smash sessions purchasing small cakes. There weren't a lot of choices and I often feel disappointed with them.... so I was on a mission to learn to do it myself! I absolutely LOVE the giant cupcakes. I still have a lot to learn and hopefully I get to the point where I can create all sort of different kinds of designs (some day!). For now, I'm happy starting to accepted and be okay with what I've got. I use mostly cake mix and canned frosting (I'm still experimenting with different types of homemade frosting).



2 Boxes of Yellow Cake Mix
6 Eggs
1 Package Jello-O Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 Cup of Oil
2 Cups of Water

Giant Cupcake Pan/Mold


2 Cans of Frosting (color of your choice)

Chocolate Cupcake Liner

1 lb Candy Melts (I use a little less than 1 pound.)
Microwavable bowl 



1) Preheat oven at 325°. Combine cake mix, oil, water , pudding mix & eggs into a large bowl and blend. 

 2) Grease the cupcake pan (I used nonstick spray). According to Wilton's website, fill the cone portion (top) with 2.5 cups of batter & the other part (bottom) of your pan with 3.5 cups of batter. I followed this and it turned out fine.

3) Bake for 60 minutes, turning the pan once halfway (at 30 minutes). It always comes out a little too done in my oven so I bake it at 50-55 minutes. I guess it depends on your oven.

4) Let cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing onto a wire rack for cooling.

5) Once cooled completely, slice off the raised parts of the cake to level it. Do it for both the pieces. If you are using a cupcake liner, trim off the sides of the bottom piece too. Trimming just the "bumpy" parts works for me. This will allow the cake to fit into the liner.


1) In a microwaveable bowl, place the candy melts into the bowl (I used a glass measuring cup).

2) Microwave the candy melts for 30 seconds on high. Remove it and stir. Repeat 2 more times or until all chocolate has melted. Mine always take 3 times (3x30 second intervals). Every microwave is not created equal!

3) Spread the chocolate on the bottom portion of the cake pan & up the sides. Just try to spread it as evenly as possible.

4) Refrigerate for at least 40 minutes. This is important. I tried taking it out after 15 minutes the first time and cracked the liner. I was so worried this wasn't going to work. All it took was some time and patience. :) You may be able to stick it in the freezer but I don't have room in my freezer! haha

5) Remove from the refrigerator and turn it upside and and gently tap the pan. It will slide right out (I promise!).

6) Place the bottom part of the cake in the liner.


1) Dump the cans of frosting into a bowl and use a hand mixer to blend it. 

2) Apply some frosting to the top of the bottom portion of the cake (that should already be in the chocolate liner) and place the cone part on top. The frosting is your "glue".

2) Using a piping bag and a 1M piping tip (for rosettes), pipe Rosettes all around the top portion of the cake (starting at the bottom). I find that piping it lower looks better. Piping each rosette in between the bottom two makes for a prettier design. 

The canned frosting was droopy and looked like it was melting but refrigerating it overnight made a difference. The first time I made it, I thought I was going to have to run to the store the next morning! 

3) Decorate or top with a candle. 


  1. Thanks for a great recipe! It turned out beautiful and we all enjoyed eating the parts that didn't get smashed!

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    2. Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I believe in testing it first too ;)! I notice you said you had too much batter. I measured mine by the instructions from Wilton which was perfect:

      "According to Wilton's website, fill the cone portion (top) with 2.5 cups of batter & the other part (bottom) of your pan with 3.5 cups of batter."

      I was able to make several cupcakes using the remaining batter. 2 boxes is waaay too much so the other kiddos got to eat the little cupcakes :)

      Happy Birthday to your little one!

  2. Thanks for your advice! Ive made it a few times following your instructions and it has worked out well. The only part that I had to modify was the chocolate cupcake wrapper. I tried it twice in the fridge with epic failures both times. I popped it in the freezer and it came out perfectly. I also recommend refrigerating the whole thing over night!

  3. You're welcome! I've thrown it in the freezer too when I'm in a rush. :)

  4. Do you have to coat the pan before placing the melted chocolate in so that it comes out nice?

  5. No I didn't use any coating. It always just slid out :)

  6. hi how are you? I have never seen someone with a name as close to mine as your thought i'd mention it:) My name is Fenessa Shung. Nice to meet you! I have three children too and am a private diyer. Maybe one day i'll start a blog :)