I promised a tutorial and here it is!
You will need:
- 1 8”-9” round cake layer
- 12 cupcakes
- 2-4 bamboo skewers (we used 4)
- 1 can chocolate frosting
- 1-2 cans white frosting (we used 1)
- food coloring (we used paste), yellow & blue
- 1 sheet of black construction paper
- clear tape
One recipe of chocolate cake batter from my Betty Crocker cookbook was enough to make one round layer and 1 dozen cupcakes. I used silicone cups for the cupcakes. Highly recommended: freeze your cake and cupcakes before attempting to assemble (nope, I didn’t do this cuz the kiddos were anxious to make this thing, but I regretted it later---you’ll see lots of cake crumbiness in the pics).
Frost your cupcakes on all sides with the chocolate frosting, filling the gaps between them and the cake. This is the base of your “cliff.” Add 2 more cupcakes on top, overlapping between the cake and the cupcakes.
If you freeze your cake (hint, hint), 2 will probably be enough…I needed 4 ultimately and a lot of delicacy until the frosting dried. Don’t do what I did…figure out exactly how long the skewers need to be and CUT THEM before you put them in the cake. The final tower will be 6 cupcakes high with a little paper peak that can hide the ends.
Using a lid from your frosting, trace a circle onto your construction paper and cut it out.
Cut a line from the edge to the center. Overlap the 2 edges of that line to make a short, fat cone (you want it to be just slightly bigger than the top of your tower). Tape in place with your tape. And crown your tower.
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