Once I got the inspiration for Ella's birthday cake from this Fairy House Ornament craft, I was really excited to make it. Originally, I planned on making a 4-layer tower and using one of the Tinker Bell "Polly Pocket" style figurines that we already had. However, once I found a set of tiny Tinker Bell & Terence figurines at Walmart, I decided to make two shorter fairy houses. Logistically, I just figured it would be easier to serve up a 2-layer cake than a 4-layer. Since I used mini-cake pans, I ended up making 12 cupcakes to supplement. The guests got to choose if they wanted a piece of the fairy house or a "mushroom" cupcake. It took me at least an hour to decorate it, but it was totally worth it!Here's how I did it:
What you need:
- four mini-springform pans
- 12-cup muffin pan
- cupcake paper liners
- one batch of cake batter prepared to box instructions
- 1 1/2 batches of 5-Minute Buttercream Frosting, divided usage
- paste food coloring (I used green, red, and yellow)
- green sprinkles
- cocoa powder (or brown paste food coloring)
- pastry bag and tips
- cardstock for the roofs (I used the roof from this craft, enlarged it as big as it would fit on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, cut it out and taped it into a cone shape)
- graham cracker crumbs
- Divide the cake batter between the greased mini-pans and 12 lined cupcake tins . Bake according to package directions. Since the cakes are different sizes, start at the baking time for the cupcakes and keep checking the mini cakes with a toothpick until done. Remove from pans and cool completely.
- Place two mini cakes on the platter, spread on some frosting, and then top with the other two mini cakes. Frost with a crumb coat and place in the fridge to harden.
- Put a portion of frosting in a separate bowl and tint to your preferred shade of green. I overdid it and made it a bit too leafy green. I added some dark chocolate cocoa powder to muddy it up a bit. Frost the two cakes. Add some green sprinkles for texture. Place in the fridge to harden.
- Put a small portion of frosting in a separate bowl and tint yellow. Spread a circle of yellow frosting on the front of the cakes to make the "doors." You can use a pastry bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off to make it easier. Add some sort of candy to make the doorknob. (I used a snowflake sprinkle.)
- Add some small white "windows" to the sides of the house. Place in the fridge to harden.
- Put a portion of frosting in a separate bowl and tint dark brown with either dark cocoa powder or brown paste food coloring. Put in a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe around the door, the windows and add some "twig" beams. Place in the fridge to harden.
- Put a portion of frosting in a separate bowl and tint red. Frost the cupcakes with red. Place in the fridge to harden a bit. Then add some white circles on top of the red to make the cupcakes resemble mushrooms.
- On the serving platter, coat the empty spaces with a thin coat of frosting and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Put some frosting on the bottom of the figurines and a "mushroom" and press into place. Insert a number candle into the mushroom. Top the fairy houses with the cardstock roofs.
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