In May, I was asked to make torch cupcakes for my friend's son's Olympic-themed birthday party. I was both excited and daunted by the challenge. They turned out great, though, and everyone really enjoyed them.
To make these yourself:
Start with filling ice cream cones with cupcake batter. I tried this two ways. One way seemed easy but didn't turn out very well.
The cupcakes didn't rise up into the cones so all the cake was at the top. Not fabulous.
So, tried a second way that turned out MUCH better! This time I filled a bag with cupcake batter and squirted it into the cones. This was so much better.
As you can see, the cake filled the cone and left a nice, little rounded cupcake on top. Some of them didn't fill out the top of the cone completely but you can cover that with more frosting.
I just stood these up in my regular cupcake tins to bake them (at 350 for 20 minutes) and didn't have any trouble with them tipping over.
I forgot to take pictures of this next part but if you go to wonderwomancreations you can see a picture of what I did. I took my frosting piping bag (I use these) and drizzled orange gel paste coloring (I prefer AmeriColor) down two of the sides of the bag before filling with yellow buttercream. Most of the bloggers I
Then I used my Wilton 1M tip and with even pressure, squeeze frosting onto the cupcake and move the bag straight up to make flames. Erica at Sweet Tooth did these awesome Hunger Games cupcakes that were my flame inspiration.
To transport these, I used robe boxes--the kind that you get at Christmas or you can just buy some at Target. I used a box cutter and cut large Xs into the box and then bent back the sides of the Xs. They held the cupcakes perfectly still on our way to the party. (I also did these for my friend's mom who took them to Portland from Seattle and she said they survived the trip beautifully.)
Since this was an Olympic-themed party, when it was cake time, my friend explained to the kids that the Olympic flame is passed around the world in a show of solidarity and friendship. She then had the kids circle the house, put candles in each torch cupcake and the kids passed the flame, ending with the birthday boy and a rousing version of "Happy Birthday". The kids LOVED passing the flame! And, when it was time to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the kids were very excited to watch the flame enter the arena.
I'm loving baking cupcakes in ice cream cones. I'm definitely going to be doing more cupcakes like this.