Years ago when my husband and I were planning our wedding, we really wanted to have a 'smash' cake as our wedding cake. Well, that didn't work out as we ended up getting a great package deal at our reception venue which included the cake... so there just wasn't the need. But I've kept that smash cake in the back of my mind ever since just waiting for the right occasion to make one. Or at least, try!
Now that little Foster's 2nd birthday is approaching in October, I thought it would be fun to give him.... the smash cake. It should fit right in with this destructive phase he seems to be entering! But before diving into a full sized cake, I thought it best to try on a smaller scale first. Enter... smash cupcakes.
I decided to use some chocolate wafers and candy melts. Chocolate for the bottom of my cupcake, blue and white melts for the top.
I melted the blue first in a clean, dry bowl, 30 seconds at a time in the microwave, then stirred for 30 seconds. I added just a wee bit of shortening to make it smoother.
The mould I used was actually just the protective liner from a cupcake cake pan. I just washed it and made sure it was thoroughly dried. I spooned the candy melts into each mould and swirled them to coat the mould so that it would be hollow.
I added some white candy melts before pouring each additional mould so they would get progressively lighter in colour. Although, like this, they look like blue boobies. Yes, I said it. But I know you were all thinking it! I let them chill in the fridge for a bit before turning them out onto a cloth. They fell right out of the mould.
Next I did the chocolate cup part of the mould using the same method. I coated them twice to be sure they would be strong enough. These were a little trickier because of all the ridges. I had one stick to the mould and had to redo it.
Tee hee... now for some fun! Fill that cup with an assortment of goodies! I used yogourt covered raisins, pink popcorn and various candies. But hey, nothing says you can't fill them with raisins, craisins or banana chips! Party mix or pretzels are a great option too and really inexpensive if you want to do a lot. Salty and sweet together is always a fun combo.
Pop on the top. You can seal the cup closed by adding a little more melted candy melts along the inside of the top before you set it on, or just let it rest there. The ridges on top worked out perfect for some colourful confetti. Only one thing is left...
SMASH IT! Like a candy filled chocolate piñata! What a fun surprise to see those sweet treats spill out. Really hope I can pull off a full size smash cake for Foster's birthday!
Other options for decorating could include, dusting the chocolate cup with cocoa powder or icing the top with cupcake frosting and sprinkles. Enjoy!
*See the full sized, cake version I made here.