This Coffee Cup Cake was made for a friend's daughter's 19th birthday. She just started college and is really into her coffee. I used the Wilton Wonder cake pan and inverted it so the large end was up and the small end down. I did trim a small amount from the small end so there was more surface on the plate.
Then I scooped out a portion of the top (about 1 inch) so there was an edge to the coffee cup. I iced the cup portion with white buttercream and the "coffee" with chocolate buttercream that was piped in then smoothed with the back of a spoon.
I'm still learning cake decorating and am not good with fondant so the handle is made from a cake doughnut that I trimmed and attached with icing and toothpicks. The whipped cream is piped buttercream and the drizzle is Hershey syrup. I used a candy mold and made the steam with white chocolate. I placed the cake on a white dinner plate before decorating and once I was done, it became the saucer for the cup.
I know it's not perfect, but I love trying new things and many of the ideas for the cake came from this site. I hope this inspires someone else as I have been inspired.
I made this Espresso Cup cake for a friend. He loves espresso so I thought this would be fitting. The cake took 1 box of funfetti cake mix. I made it in a glass pan that I use for mixing the batter (bought from Pampered Chef). It took much longer to bake because of the shape.
After it was finally baked I let it cool and frosted it with buttercream. I then covered it with white fondant. This was a little bit of a task since the cup isn't a traditional cake shape. I had to cut two sections, when covering it with fondant, and used buttercream to keep those parts together.
The stars on the cake are also made of fondant and stuck to the cake with buttercream. The handle is a pretzel wrapped in fondant and stuck on with buttercream. As for the blue on the cup, I used blue cake gel and rubbed it on with a moist paper towel and it gave it that effect. The "coffee" on top was chocolate candy melts melted in a Ziploc and piped on and arranged with a tooth pick. The chocolate hardened quickly.
I used a metal bowl to bake the Coffee Cup Cake in. It does take a little longer to cook than a normal cake pan.
Once I let it cool, I iced the bottom of the cake first piping on the lines to decorate my coffee cup. Then I flipped it around so that the bottom was on the cake stand. I actually set the stand on the top and then flipped the whole cake and cooling rack over.
Then I iced the top. I used chocolate icing for the coffee which I mixed some coffee granules and some food coloring to make it darker (and coffee flavored). Then I built up the lip around the cup smoothing it into the sides so that it would look seamless. Although a little lip is okay because that's what my cups look like.
I used 2 Twizzlers for the handles. I tried tootsie rolls (the giant ones but they wouldn't hold their shape long) and then stuck them in the cake using toothpicks to hold them in place and iced them (very carefully) to match the rest of the cake.