I made a mini 20 cm diameter cake (right) and for the design I wanted to keep it quite simple with a classic flower motif and a big rose center as an extra punch.
For the cake itself, I used Martha Stewart’s devil´s food cupcake recipe. Since I had a foot injury at the time, I was looking for an easy recipe that didn’t require a lot of fuss. I added 1 tea spoon of intant expresso powder to the wet ingredients for a deeper flavour. The cake was moist and had a deep chocolatey taste. However, it didn’t have a nice crumbly texture and was a little dense. Next time I’ll swap the all-purpose flour for cake flour to make it lighter. You can find the recipe here.
All of the cake decorations are edible. The cake was covered in white fondant and handpainted using edible lustre dust. The roses and leaves are made of gumpaste.
Details of the finished mini vintage rose cake.
Mini cake the new cupcake?
Cupcakes got their big boom a few years ago and seem unstoppable. you see them at kids parties, picnics and even making a big splash at weddings. Everyone gets it: a tiny, beautifully decorated cupcake just screams “special occasion”. As a cake decorator and all around baking enthusiast I must confess that although gorgeous, I don’t understand the appeal of these tiny cakes in the yummy department. I’d swap a cupcake for a good ol’ fashion choccy cake any day.
More often than not, people just want a nice slice of cake. The mini cake has the cutesy aspect but is more sophisticated and works well as the center piece at a party table. I’ve also started making mini tiered cakes (right). They’re adorable and grand, but since they’re small, you won’t be stuck with tons of leftover cake in the fridge.
Mini cakes are in high demand. Like most cake designers, I base most of the price on weight. A lot of people have been requesting these “mini cakes” to get the awe reaction but still keep the price quite reasonable.
The mini cake is on the rise. Not just a “destroy cake” for 1 year old, but for beautiful, classy and adult birthday parties.