Cupcake Cakes are a great option for birthday cakes. For my niece’s 7th birthday this weekend, I decided to make a dinosaur cupcake cake (she loves dinosaurs). They’re a great option because there’s no need to cut a cake – they’re quick and easy to serve!
Here are some tips when making a cupcake cake:
Before beginning, buy a cake board or cover a piece of cardboard with foil. You’ll want to design your cupcake layout to resemble the shape that you want. You can choose to lay cut out circles on the board or use your baked cupcakes as an example. When you’re set on your layout/design, you can begin! It’s easier to leave the cupcakes in their liners, and it’ll make it easier for your guests to grab them as well. Once you’ve designed on your layout, you can begin placing your cupcakes on the board. NOTE: place a bit of icing on the bottom of each cupcake to adhere them to the board.
Your icing will vary depending on what your design is. If you want your cake to look more like a regular cake, you will need to ice all of the cupcakes with a spatula with one motion. Make sure all gaps in between cupcakes are covered and that your icing is nice and smooth. Using a thicker icing will be easier. If you want your cupcake cake to look separated (like mine did) you can ice each cupcake individually.
After I laid my cupcakes down in their places, I began icing each cupcake with small icing details to resemble dinosaur scales:
For the eye/head part of the dinosaur, I used two cupcakes without liners stuck together with icing. In the middle of icing, I added the fondant eyes, teeth, and spikes.
When I was done with the icing, I added the finished touches (spikes) and iced a fondant plaque with birthday wishes:
And here it is!