Cupcake Cake Flag

Summer is close people…are you happy?
I am happy.
Summer means no homework for the kids.  I am pretty sure I hate homework more now as an adult than I ever did as a student.  Having to beg my first grader to sit still and write his spelling words 3 times each is TORTURE…for me!
And then we run into the issue where I get stumped.
On 1st grade math.
Embarrassing.
It’s that new math…right?
And another reason I love summer… Big Brother...
Don’t be a hater.  It’s solid reality programming.  Do you watch?
So, this coming weekend is the kick off to the summer season, Memorial Day weekend.
Parades.
BBQs
Corn on the Cob
…and the inevitable strawberry/blueberry jello flag dessert that always rears it’s played out head around this time of year.
So, my friends…stay away from the jello and come on over to cupcake land. It’s more fun.
Cupcake cakes are one of the things that I get the most questions about…(sorry cake wrecks ~ I know how you feel about the CCC)
Soooo my friends I decided to put together a little how-to for ya.
It’s not rocket science, but sometimes a step-by-step helps…here goes:
Start with a 1/2 sheet (13×9) cake board…
Now, I am assuming that you have already baked your cupcakes.
When you bake your cupcakes you need them all to be the same size….different heights on the cupcakes won’t work for a smooth finish on the cake…
My trick for this is to use my 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure out batter.  All the same amount of batter = the same size baked cupcake.
I have found that a 13×9 board will hold up to 40 cupcakes.
In this case I was asked to do 20 chocolate and 20 vanilla.
Make your frosting.  You CAN NOT use canned frosting here, people.  If you do, I highly recommend adding powdered sugar to thicken it up a bit, otherwise your frosting will sink into the cracks in between the cupcakes.
My buttercream recipe works perfect.
Now, you will need to put some frosting on the bottoms of outside cupcakes to hold the cake together and work like “glue”.
There is no need for you to smear frosting on all the cupcakes…just the outside is enough.
Now, I crumb coat the tops of the cupcakes a little bit…
Then blob on some major frosting and with an offset spatula smooth it all over the top.
Once you have a nice smooth surface to start on, you’re ready to decorate.
I cheat and use a toothpick in my frosting sometimes to outline my design.  If I mess up I just smooth it out and start over…
Now, color the frosting…
And bag it up in Ziplocks, or in piping bags ~ whichever you prefer.
Decorate it up, baby!
and voila…
See how easy that was?
I hope everyone has an safe and fun holiday weekend!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jo.King
February 18, 2011 5:37 pm

A friend asked me to help with the cake for her child's birthday party, and I wanted to do a cupcake cake, but couldn't figure out how to keep the cupcakes in place. Thank you!!!

Amanda
June 6, 2010 1:18 pm

LOVE THIS!!! I just had to stumble it… I hope everyone tries your wonderful and easy tutorial!!!

Catherine
June 1, 2010 10:45 pm

What a wonderful recipe! This looks wonderful! I am so happy I found your site! Cheers~

Lucie
June 1, 2010 5:29 pm

So nice to finally see a step by step of this technique–thanks!

The Duchess of Wessex
June 1, 2010 3:00 pm

You are AMAZING!

Thanks for the step-by-step because until I read the entire post, I was wondering how you got the red stripes so perfect!

Bravo, you!

Sara Tea
May 31, 2010 5:33 pm

holy cow girl, this is so great!! 1st grade math is rough, don't feel bad! haha

Baking Monster
May 31, 2010 4:23 pm

Thats clever and cute, this would be great for the 4th too!I love it!

grace
May 30, 2010 12:26 am

I've been wanting to make cupcakes soon and this has been really helpful, thanks! I might even try my hand at your buttercream recipe =)

Alex Erynn
May 28, 2010 9:03 pm

I've wondered how people make cupcake cakes for a while. Thanks for sharing!

Molly
May 28, 2010 5:58 pm

Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. I would never be able to make my icing look that smooth though! Also, I love Big Brother too! No shame in that. haha

grace
May 28, 2010 10:26 am

aw, this is terrific! it's so terrific, in fact, that i'll forgive you for loving big brother… 🙂

Bridgett
May 28, 2010 4:32 am

I know for a fact that I hate homework now more than when I was the one who was actually doing it. Crazy but true but the kids' homework drives me batty!
This is such a darling idea. You always do a wonderful job on each of your projects.

Shondra @cookiecanvas
May 28, 2010 3:20 am

Thank you for the tutorial, this will help me on my quest to learning how to decorate cupcakes.

Cherees
May 28, 2010 3:08 am

Wow! What a cute idea!!

Sue Sparks
May 27, 2010 11:41 pm

You make it look so easy! Thanks for the inspiration, as always! It's beautiful!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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