Baking date: June 3, 2016
This cake was my gift to a family we know. I was commissioned to make their son’s middle school graduation cake (he picked a baseball diamond cupcake cake), but I wanted to do something a little extra. We’ve been friends with his family for more than 6 years, and he has played on many of the same sports teams as my oldest son.
Mickey asked for butterscotch cupcakes, so I decided to use the recipe for butterscotch cupcakes I found on Pinterest to make a cake and the frosting. Baker’s note: I did not add the butterscotch extract (or any of the other flavoring substitutes noted) to the frosting. I felt like the butterscotch topping that was included was fine in terms of flavor. Too much of a good thing, and all.
I made the cake using two 9″ round pans. I frosted the cake with the icing. I used the letters fondant mold, using a brush to dust corn starch in the mold to help remove the letters once they set. I used candy melts in green and dark blue, his middle school colors. I spelled out FUTURE LION, since he will be joining many of his friends at the high school this year. Baker’s note: while the Wilton rep I called on the phone said that the fondant mold could be used for candy melts, and I found the corn starch tip online, I still find removing the letters from the mold challenging. I find that I always have a few letters that need to be pieced back together, although if you use no corn starch, almost every letter is sure to break when removing it from the mold.
Here’s a photo of the top of the cake: