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to make: really tiny cupcake

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup
The cupcake, she is tiny.

This is the result of a Tiny Food phase and a Cupcake phase going on simultaneously. These were made using the dark chocolate cupcake recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, and butter and powdered sugar vanilla buttercream colored with AmeriColor food coloring paste in Electric Green. The cupcake is topped with non-pareilles and tiny sugar flowers, all found at the Home Cake Decorating Supply Co. in Seattle at 9514 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 522-4300.

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup
Tiny decorations, 3/4″ rigid foil candy cups.

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup
Don’t fill the cups this full.

I went looking for the smallest baking cups I could find and came back with 3/4″ rigid foil cups meant for candy making. They are silver on the inside and gold on the outside. To make the cupcake release I sprayed the tiny cups with Pam — not the sexiest thing I know but otherwise the tops pull off too easily. Bake for 4 or 5 minues, pull out the moment a toothpick comes out clean. You might want to bake on a silpat as the cups slide around on the baking sheet. Take care when unwrapping them, it’s a little tricky.

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup
These were filled about half way full.

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup
A photo of a photo of a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery that I used as inspiration.

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup
Little on top of big to give some scale, I didn’t quite have the hang of the frosting at this point as it was in my pre-KitchenAid mixer dark ages.

Cute? sure. Worth it? depends on how much you like cute. They were too small to really show off any cake texture, but so much fun to pop into your mouth. But the size is really charming.

See also: tiny pies.

More photographs:

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup

tiny cupcakes make in a foil candy cup


16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kelsie // Dec 12, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    First of all…. I LOVE cute, so these just might be worth it.
    Second, I REALLY miss the Home Cake Decorating Supply Co. (and seattle in general for that matter), and I wanted to thank you for reminding me of my homesickness… :( ;)

  • 2 » // Dec 22, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    […] Here’s a bunch of pictures of tiny foods: A wee salad. A little quail egg. World’s smallest pancake… and cheeseburger. Mini mince pies. And another miniature burger, as seen on tv. Tiniest dill pickle. Really really small frozen yogurt. Fast food (okay, so it’s candy, but at least it’s a full value meal). Tiny cherry pies. A personal watermelon. A tiny crab. A mini omelette. A small bowl of tuna curry. And itty bitty cupcakes. […]

  • 3 danisha // Jan 15, 2007 at 1:02 am

    awwwww! a cuplette cake? :)sooo adorable!

  • 4 mizzkitti // Mar 7, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    u rawk! i love all your recipes and will be making use of them soonish :3

  • 5 Kamryn // Sep 9, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Waaaayyyyyy too CUTE!!!!!!!!
    I’m not allowed to have to much sugar but i’m soo eating this! Fabulus!!! ;)

  • 6 Crystal- aka Suzie ;) // Sep 14, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I love these!!! I will have to make some. They are so cute.

  • 7 Lindsey // Oct 10, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    You may want to adjust your frosting recipe a bit….it looks a little granular….although it may just be the picture.

    They are so cute. They would be cute for child’s tea party, along with petit fours.

  • 8 KD Lady // Feb 13, 2008 at 6:39 am

    I cannot get over the fun frosting! Can you post the recipe, or at the very least, how you got to that awesome color?

  • 9 gilli // Mar 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Hi, where can I order Tiffany blue sprinkles? thanks!

  • 10 megan // Mar 13, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    KD – This was a pretty much failed attempt at buttercream.

    Gilli – I have no idea. Best of luck finding them!

  • 11 Pinky // Aug 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, my love of tiny things has made this post the highlight of the day! I already have been fantasizing about tiny pies due to your site, and now this! Gah! The tiny joy!

  • 12 Amanda H // Nov 12, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    OH MY these are adorable I HAVE to make these =]

  • 13 Gini // Jun 5, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I just found your site – cute! I love all things small. The book Small-Batch Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos has some great cake recipes that only make enough batter for 4 or 5 standard-sized cupcakes – so you could try this recipe without having a ton of batter. Thanks!

  • 14 Jim // Nov 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Hey I think your site is pretty awesome, and I would suggest a piping bag to fill the tiny cups. I would never get batter into those tiny cups with a spoon.

  • 15 SP // Mar 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I can’t see the recipe for tiny cupcakes…am I doing something wrong?!

  • 16 megan // Mar 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    SP – I used a regular cake recipe and buttercream recipe. In this case the dark chocolate cake from the Baking Illustrated book and the buttercream from the Magnolia cookbook.

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