My baby boy turned 9 yesterday (although according to him he turned 10) This past weekend we went “home” to Williamsport to celebrate with our family, so I didn’t have much time to prepare a celebration for just our family on his birthday. My original plan was to order him a cake through my favorite bakery, Dingeldein’s in New Cumberland, PA. But then I had the genius idea of making him a cake myself. At first I had dreams of making a tiered cake complete with fondant cutouts so I headed over to Michael’s to buy the supplies (keep in mind this was Monday morning, the day of his birthday). Well I looked around for about 10 minutes and quickly realized there was no way I would be able to accomplish such a feat with my two “helpers” at home. I was just about to leave when I remembered he has always wanted me to buy the Big Top Cupcake mold, and lo and behold they actually had it there on clearance. I was quite excited as we headed to the grocery store to buy food for his birthday dinner (french toast) and a cake mix. Once we arrived at home I pulled everything out to make the cake, only to find I should have purchased two boxes of cake mix. I quickly looked up a cake recipe online so I could make enough batter, and of course I ended up running out of sugar before I got to the icing. For the first time ever, I had to call my neighbor to ask for a cup of sugar (Thanks Becky!). I looked up a trusty old buttercream recipe to make the icing. However, for some reason it just wasn’t turning out- it was like a liquid slop. I kept adding flour and powdered sugar hoping it would stiffen up, but as you can see, it didn’t. I resorted to coating the top with powdered sugar for the top.
Even though this is probably the worst looking Big Top Cupcake ever made, Brennan loved it. He had no idea anything was wrong