Giant cupcake

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    (may take up to 1hr 15 mins depending on your oven)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Learn how to make a giant cupcake with this easy recipe. This simple giant cupcake recipe is our best and makes one impressive birthday cake or treat for special occasions. All you need is a giant cupcake mould and you can make this impressive but simple cake. This recipe makes 1 giant cupcakes and should serve around 8-10 people. This giant cupcakes is ideal for parties or special occasions and makes a great birthday cake option. This cake will take around 1hr and 10 mins to make, bake and decorate. This impressive giant cupcakes is a real showstopper your friends and family will be very impressed with. Store any leftover cupcake in an airtight container on the kitchen side. If you decorated with fresh ingredients like cream or berries, you might want to store in the fridge instead but just remember that cake will go dry if kept in the fridge for too long.

Victoria says: 'I tend to ice my giant cupcake with flowers or stars as they are easier than a continuous swirl.'


For the giant cupcake:
  • 450g softened butter 
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 8 large eggs 
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 4 level tsp baking powder 
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Giant cupcake tin
For the cake covering:
  • 250g white fondant icing
  • Pink food colouring
  • Strawberry jam
For the buttercream:
  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 60ml milk, room temperature
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Pink food colouring


  1. Set the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas Mark 4 and grease the tin using cake release spray or groundnut oil.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar and add the vanilla. Beat for about 5 minutes. Add one egg at a time with a third of the sieved flour and baking powder until it has gone then add the milk and beat slowly until it is mixed in.
  3. Place half of the mixture in each side of the tin to about full and bake for 50 mins. Times really depend on your own oven, so start to check the cake at 50 minutes, then every 10 minutes and do not remove from the oven until the cake is springy to the touch. This might take up to 1 hr 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes before tipping out. If the cake has overflowed or has risen too high dont worry, you can trim this with a bread knife or a cake leveller. Its easier to do this while it is still in the tin.
  5. Hold the cooling rack tight over the top of the tin and turn them out to cool. Once the cake is totally cool (probably an hour or 2) you can start decorating it.
  6. Colour and roll out the fondant icing to a of an inch thick. It has to be 25cm in length and 8cm high. Then use a texture mat to add a flower pattern to the fondant.
  7. Melt some jam in the microwave and leaving the cake in the upside down position brush over the base of the cake. This helps the fondant stick. Place the fondant around the cake and trim the excess. You can fold a little over the top (which is the bottom) so you have a clean edge. Press your finger round the indentations so you get the shape of the base back. Then turn the cake (not gripping too hard or you will squash it) the right way up.
  8. Beat the butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Put a third of the buttercream in another bowl and add pink food colouring to it. Reserve this for your buttercream roses. Spread jam on the bottom half of the cupcake, then the icing and sandwich the two pieces together.
  9. Ice the top with the rest of the buttercream in a design that suits you. Victoria has covered the cake in buttercream roses and you can find out how to create them in more detail using our cake rose decorating video .To create the two-tone effect, fill your piping bag up with the cream icing then add the pink on top. Twist the top of the bag and squeeze into a bowl until you see the pink coming through.
  10. Top your giant cupcake with sugarcraft butterflies or flowers.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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