Back in February my second oldest niece celebrated her 8th birthday. The family usually gathers together in masses and sit around eating store bought ice cream cake or Publix bakery cakes. There’s nothing wrong with that but I wanted to try and make something myself this year. I sat down with my niece and asked her what she wanted for her birthday cake. Grandiose cakes and impossible flavor combinations came forth as she explained her perfect cake. Once I was able to talk her down to something actually manageable I had some great ideas in my head.
My sister had mentioned a few weeks before this that she had seen a really cool Pull-Apart cake. I had never heard of them myself. But she insisted that they were really easy and fun for everybody so I did some research and lo and behold, they were. For those of you who have never heard of pull-apart cakes before (although I’m probably the only one), they are just cupcakes set into a shape and frosted like a normal cake, your guests then just pull apart the cake into their own individual cupcakes. Just that simple.
The birthday girl wanted Strawberry frosting on her cupcakes and while this didn’t sound too appetizing it actually was, thought I would throw that in there.
- 1 box (1lb 2.25oz) Betty Crocker SuperMoist Vanilla cake mix
- 1 tub whipped Strawberry frosting
- Prepare cupcakes as box recommends.
- Place cupcakes in whatever shape you desire.
- Frost cupcakes as you would a normal cake.
- I did the cake in a heart shape for her birthday.
- In order to get the frosting to cover all the gaps I just whipped the frosting more than I normally would until it was stiff enough to withstand a little gap here and there. I know that in picture there are some pretty large gaps but as I frosted they all shifted around and eventually fell into place side by side (well as close as you can get round cupcakes to sit side by side)
- To decorate I simply covered the entire top of the Pull-Apart in strawberry frosting and decorated with multi-colored butterfly sprinkles I found at Michaels. I waited to do her name and the rest of the piping until I had the borders on so I didn’t accidentally pipe over the words.
- This was my first attempt at piping so the letters look a little bulbous in some points but not too shabby for a first attempt. I am a bit of a perfectionist so I was nervous while I did it though, very very nervous lol.
- I left the top right corner of the heart blank so we could stick a number 8 candle there. Everybody loved it, the kids thought it was fantastic and even the adults had fun with it.
- Very easy. Very very easy. You can just as easily make any shape you want. Since we are coming up on the 4th of July soon I have noticed quite a few Pull-Apart American Flags popping up.