Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples

Giant Cupcake Tutorial Recipe and Examples

Last week we did a post on Facebook to let you know we are now stocking the fantastic Giant Cupcake Boxes at very low prices as with all our Cake Decorating Supplies to save you having to shop at loads of different places. Underneath we asked you to post examples of Giant Cupcakes you have made and put together and I want to publish some of those fab cakes shared here today!

I wanted to write a post that incorporates all the important information on Giant Cupcakes such as: A good tasty giant cupcake recipe, how to make a giant cupcake shell/case and ways to decorate your giant cupcakes that our fans have shared with us!

First up for those of you who have seen so many fantastic Giant Cupcakes and really want to give it a crack yourself, I plan to provide you with all the relative information on one page with quick easy links!

You will need a Giant Cupcake tin, these come in hard tins or silicone tins. The silicone pans are cheaper and can often be found at your local supermarket, whereas the hard wearing firm tins will last a lot longer and can be found on the internet sold by most Cake Supply Specialists such as PartyAnimalOnline! We recommend getting the quality branded ones if you are a professional baker as the cheapies tend to rust and deteriorate very quickly. Brands like Wilton & PME are the main ones used and have the lovely swirl finish as shown in the baked cake picture below!

Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe

Giant Cupcake Recipe

So we really need to start with the recipe, obviously you can choose your flavour you would like to make your cake but I’m going to start with the Vanilla Giant Cupcake recipe from the infamous Pink Whisk! If you’ve not visited her blog, you really need to stop by, there’s an infinite amount of great recipes accompanied by fantastic advice… A great combo if I’ve ever heard one.


  • 375g butter, softened
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, large
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsps milk

For the Pink Whisks full method pop over and visit her blog here for the Vanilla Recipe or Chocolate Recipe depending which you fancy.

How To Make A Giant Cupcake Shell

To make the firm shell use Candy Buttons or Melts, these are cheaper than chocolate to purchase and they also have a higher melting point so once they have set you won’t find the warm weather melts them like chocolate does.

For the next stage I’d like to thank Shereen’s Cake & Bakes for making this Step by Step Tutorial and uploading it to her Facebook Page, if you are on Facebook pop and see Shereen.. she has loads of free tutorials on her page and we are very pleased to say she’s our newest Guest Blogger on PartyAnimalOnline’s Cake It To The Max Blog!

Step 1-

1. Melt 1/4 a bag of candy melts
2. ‘paint’ a thin layer of chocolate into the cake tin base (I used my finger as it was the easier)
3. Make sure you get into all the grooves and don’t have any airbubbles.
4. Put it in the fridge to set for at least 1/2 an hour


Step 2-

1. Melt the rest of the bag of Candy Melts (keep a little aside to attach the cake to the cake board)
2. Remove the tin from the fridge
3. ‘Paint’ the rest of the melted chocolate in the tin, I used a silicone spatula to do this and it smoothed well and evenly, I pushed firmly to make sure I wasn’t go to get any airbubbles again
4. Return to the fridge for at least 1 hour to set properly




Step 3-

1. Carve the bottom of the giant cupcake so it doesn’t have any grooves left cut in half and add buttercream to the middle of the cake
2. Ice the whole cake with buttercream
3. Put the cake in the fridge for 1/2 an hour for the icing to harden and set

Step 4-

1. When the chocolate shell has set in the fridge for an hour take it out and hold the shell on each side with your fingers, add a little pressure pushing against the chocolate and pan and pull up (you will hear a little crack/pop sound as it comes loose) if this doesn’t happen put it back in the fridge to set longer.
2. Get your iced cake out of the fridge and picking it up gently, drop it into the chocolate shell. Mine was a little higher than the mould so I evened it out and iced across the top

Good luck!



You can visit Shereen’s Cakes & Bakes > HERE

Now you’ve got the basics down, check these awesome Giant Cupcakes out made by our very talented customers & fans… what great inspiration for different ways to decorate your wonderful Giant Cupcakes showing that this type of cake really is perfect for any occasion!


Harry Potter Themed Giant Cupcake by Cheryl at Buttercups By Bezmerelda – I absolutely adore this, a fantastic design made in sugarpaste fondant rather than the usually candy melts and buttercream giving this cake a completely revamped style!


Pretty Chocolate & Fuchsia Giant Cupcake by Jems Cakes – This Giant Cupcakes really pretty and still holds that yummy chocolate look that’s so fashionable. Jems Cakes has used Sugarflair Fuchsia Food Colouring and awesome Fmm Funky Tappit Lettering to create the inscription.


Full Candy Button Giant Piñata style Cupcake by Victoria at And Eat It – This cake was made for a newly qualified nurse showing you that Giant Cupcakes certainly don’t just stop at Birthday do’s! Victoria uses the Candy Buttons for the full outer shell making a Piñata styled Cupcake and filling the inside with goodies of the customers choice! What a fantastic idea and I just love the personalisation behind it…you can tell how much Victoria loves her work! I also love that she’s used the fantastic FMM Block Tappits for her inscription giving the cake great composition!


Two Tone Buttercream & White Chocolate Finger Giant Cupcake by Claire Morris – I love the idea Claire’s used to two-tone the buttercream on her Giant Cupcake, it makes it stand out and adds more colour in to the design. If you want to know how to Two Tone your buttercream we have a tutorial HERE. A simply stunning Giant Cupcake shared by Claire to our Facebook Page.


Minnie Mouse Giant Cupcake by Caroline O’Gorman – Caroline has gone for the buttercream top but instead of using swirls she’s made little piped stars, often this technique works really well to get a much more even finish to your Giant Cupcake top!! I love this Disney 1st Birthday cake with a giant bow and Minnie ears to finish it off! Beautiful.


Flutterby Butterfly Giant Cupcake Cake by Claire Hills – Claire shared this beautiful buttercream topped giant cupcake with us last week. A lovely use of colours with an added shimmer to finish it off. I spy Patchwork Cutters Butterflies…. I love these cutters, they are great for making 3D butterflies as well as imprinting embossed butterflies on your iced cake board to finish it off nicely! If you are after a shimmery finish but don’t want your shimmer to have a particular colour then always go for Sugarflair Snowflake Lustre... literally perfect for any occasion. Wonderful Cake!



Sweet Paradise Giant Cupcake by Sarah Ellerington at Sarah RedBushs Cakey Bakeys – Why stop at just chocolate when you can have soooo much more! This cake is enough to make you drool! A beautiful vibrant design using milk chocolate Cadburys Fingers and lots of yummy sweeties! I love the lettering on this, if I’m not mistaken it looks like the brand new Katy Sue’s domed alphabet! Perfect fun finish to this sweeet Giant Cupcake.


Frozen Giant Cupcake by Emma Hyatt – What’s a cake share without a Frozen Giant Cupcake and Olaf? This is a beautiful end to today’s Giant Cupcake shares by Emma. Emma has hand modelled a wonderful Olaf figure and used Funky Tappit for lettering, edible printed toppers as the butterflies and the Snowflake Plunger Cutters to create her snowflakes. Fancy making Olaf… here’s a tutorial we found on Pinterest!

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks to everyone who shared their Giant Cupcakes with us! They were all absolutely beautiful!

I hope this helps inspire those of you yet to make a Giant Cupcake!

For those of you after transport and display boxes for your Giant Cupcakes we now have them in stock for as little as £1.79 per box! To fit the box centre your Giant Cupcake on a 10″ round or square drum board for the best finish.



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