There’s a new rage in the baking world today. You see them in magazines, on TV cooking shows, and in the bakery: miniature cupcakes. These one-bite yummy treats are not only fun to eat, but they’re easy to make and are guaranteed to be a hit at your next family get together, birthday party, or baby shower.
Here’s how to make miniature cupcakes:
- Your favorite cake mix
- 1 can of your favorite frosting (if you are using a vanilla cake, use vanilla frosting, same with chocolate)
- Miniature cookie cutters in the shape of flowers, stars, geometric figures, etc.
- Dark and white chocolate bark
- Sprinkles, Jimmies, candy, Gummy bears, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, etc.
- Cake pan(s)
- Large bowl
- Cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper lining
- Lollipop sticks (from bake or arts and crafts store), optional
Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. When it’s finished baking, let it cool. Remove cake from the pan (or pans) and place into the large bowl. Using a fork, break the cake up, crumbling it into tiny pebble-sized pieces.
Take the can of frosting and spoon it all in over the crumbled cake. Mix the cake and frosting together until it forms a dough texture. Using your (clean) hands, take small amounts of the mixture and roll it into a Ping-Pong sized ball and place on the lined cookie sheet. Keep doing this until all of the mixture is used. When the tray is full, cover with a dry kitchen towel and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. After that time, the cake and frosting mixture will have become completely bound together.
Remove from the fridge and get your cookie cutters to start shaping them. Press the chosen design into the ball of dough about three-fourths of the way, leaving a rounded muffin top to the miniature cupcake. Do this for all of the dough balls you have made. Put them back in the refrigerator while you melt your dark and white chocolate bark either in the microwave (don’t overdo it and burn it!) or a double boiler on the stove.
The side of your miniature cupcake that has been shaped should be dipped first in the dark chocolate and placed upside down on the cookie sheet for the chocolate to dry. If you’ve like to put your miniature cupcakes on sticks, now is the time to insert the lollipop sticks into the bottom. Once this half is dry, then dip into the white chocolate to “ice” the top of the miniature cupcake. At this point, you can add sprinkles, candy, Gummy bears, or any other decoration to the top. Make sure you do it before the chocolate has completely dried so the toppings will stick.
Now, serve them up to the guests at your party and wait for the accolades to rain in. If you’re using this recipe for a baby shower or themed party, you can buy colored white chocolate to match the appropriate theme colors.