Giant Cupcake Shell Tutorial


I really like giant cupcakes. I love cupcakes in general so making it 24 times bigger is a plus in my opinion. But I get a lot of people asking the best way to finish off the base. Now there are many different options. You can buttercream it, similarly to the top. You can ice it with sugarpaste or you can leave it on it’s own in all it’s glory. But my favourite option has to be making a candy or chocolate shell to sit the base into. I think it’s very clean and neat, gives it a fab finish and it super easy to do!

You will need the base of your giant cupcake baking kit. I use the silicone one as it is much easier to get the base out than if you use a metal tin. And you will need some candy melts or Belgian chocolate. I have found that if you use standard chocolate bars, it may crack when you are trying to get it out and it also sometimes melt when you are handling it. I also advise painting the inside of your mould or tin with a little cake release first before pouring in the chocolate to make it easier to come out.

Melt your candy melts/belgian chocolate.

Pour half of this into your giant cupcake base.

With a silicon brush, paint the candy/belgian chocolate up the sides of the case, being quite quick but firm.

It should look like this! Then pop it in the fridge to set for twenty minutes or so then take it out and give it a second coat repeating the first few steps. You may need to remelt your candy/chocolate. Then put back in the fridge for a further twenty minutes.

Gently peel the top of the case away from the shell to check it has set. Then go around the shell only releasing the top like this.

Then pull the sides of the base down away from the shell like so.

And there you should have your giant cupcake base shell!

You will need to trim the cake that was baked in this shell as we have now make the base a little thicker. So trim, split and fill then place the cake inside the shell gently. Once it’s in, decorate as desired!

You can also repeat the process for the top to create an edible shell to fill with delicious treats like I’ve done here for Halloween –


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Happy baking!

Britt xo

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