One of the first games my oldest grandson Blake was able to play was a simple board game where you spin a dial to find out the number of steps you can move your game piece towards the end goal--and whoever gets there first, wins the game. The board looked a lot like the cupcake cake below, with candy everywhere along the path. When Blake's mother asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his 5th birthday party, together they looked at a new Betty Crocker® supermarket magazine (check out the cover at the end of this post) and he chose the Fantasyland Pull-Apart Cupcakes.
I solicited help from Jack (Blake's grandpa), who is way more artistic than I am. My part in decorating this cake was to bake 24 cupcakes, tint the frostings and help with unwrapping the candies.
Jack frosted the cupcakes and formed the path, using fruit chews candy. Then he added some gumdrops and lollipops to look like a small forest of trees.
We took the cake to a local pizza restaurant where 11 of Blake's friends joined him to celebrate his birthday.
Fantasyland Pull-Apart Cupcakes
(This recipe was adapted from a larger cupcake cake by the same name found in the Betty Crocker® supermarket magazine: Best Cupcakes & More, on sale at newsstands until June 1st, 2012.)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Start to Finish: 1 hour 15 minutes
1 box Betty Crocker®SuperMoist® white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
2 containers (1 lb each) Betty Crocker® Rich& Creamy vanilla frosting
Green paste food color
Blue paste food color
½ bag (14 oz) fruit chews candy (25 candies)
Small spiced gumdrops
12 assorted fruit-flavored sphere-shaped lollipops
- Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and egg whites. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.
- Meanwhile, tint 1 container of frosting blue and 1 container green, using enough food color for desired intensity of colors.
- Place cupcakes on rectangle platter (14x11-inches), fitting snugly together and forming rectangle. Use the blue-tinted frosting to frost cupcakes in three corners. Use green-tinted frosting for fourth corner and middle cupcakes.
- Arrange fruit chews on cupcakes to look like walkway. Arrange lollipops to look like a forest. Place gumdrops randomly on cupcakes.
As the birthday boy, Blake was given a cool crown. And then, he blew out 5 candles. Happy Birthday Blake!
If you don’t have a large enough platter, cover a piece of cardboard (15x12-inches) with aluminum foil. You can also purchase shiny silver-colored cardboard rectangles for cakes at craft and fabric stores.
To save time, unwrap the candies while the cupcakes are baking and cooling.
This recipe was adapted from a larger cupcake cake by the same name found in the Betty Crocker® supermarket magazine: Best Cupcakes & More, on sale at newsstands until June 1st, 2012.