It all started off pretty well. The thing I love about silicone bakeware is how easy it is to remove cakes from the forms. I made a strawberry cake (which was probably my first mistake-- it's a bit moist and doesn't really take well to shaping). But I still saw potential and visions of cute giant cupcakes danced through my head.
When I started to assemble everything, things slowly started to go wrong:
The base of the cupcake, already swelling out from it's initial shape
When I put the top of the cupcake on, it began to look more like a ball. Within a minute, the sides of the base cracked open and frosting came pouring out like hot magma. I knew we had to regroup. Thankfully the Man was helping me out and was on the ready. We attempted to revive the cake but it didn't help.
So instead, I made a spoon cake. I remember my grandmother doing that before when her cakes fell and frosting spackle couldn't repair the damaged layers. She would just crumble the cake into a casserole dish and spread the frosting on top. At about 11:00 at night, I thought it was worth a try.
We still have kitchen stuff scattered all through the house, and after a scavenger hunt for my giant cupcake pan earlier in the evening (it was in the guest bedroom closet), I knew the Man and I weren't feeling up to tearing the house apart again.
I like to keep our "snacky" foods in glass jars and the smallest one seemed like a perfect fit.
I layered in the crumbled strawberry cake and cream cheese frosting and a few fun sprinkles.
I wanted to make it a little more festive, so I added some of my favorite faux raffia and a tag or two.
I'm pretty happy with the results.
I really like the idea, it travels so much better and is a lot easier to carry.
True, I failed in making my first giant cupcake. However, I did create my first jarcake.
Cupcake fail....Jarcake WIN!