Okay, if you want to get technical about it, this really isn’t a “cake” per se, but rather a cupcake tower that looks like a tiered cake. I made this for Luke’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, after dreading how I would pull off a Batman cake without the use of artificial colorings (namely the black).
The idea to make a Batman-themed cupcake display came one afternoon when I was watching Cupcake Wars: Tim Burton Bakeoff, there were a couple very cool cupcake displays made in that episode! That’s when it hit me…why take on the headache of trying to make a dye-free shaped cake (my attempts at making the dye-free, shaped Jungle Junction and Star Wars Lego cakes last year left me less than enthused for this years’ birthday challenge), when I can bling out a cupcake stand with loads of inedible black coolness instead?
Seriously, who made the rule that we have to eat the cake decorations?
A quick run to the craft store for some Styrofoam, black glitter wrapping paper, flying bats, stickers, ribbon, T-pins and battery operated lights and I was well on my way.
I forgot to take step-by-step photos as I winged this project together but I found two tutorials online for making cupcake stands…from people who seem to know what they’re doing (I, on the other hand, did not): Cake Journal and Annie’s Eats.
It’s not easy taking a picture of a 2-ft. tall cupcake stand with wired bats sticking out every which way!
The above Batman emblem, as well as the Batman figurine and building came altogether in this Batman Glider Cake Kit for $12.12 on Amazon (with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime).
The black glitter ribbon, bat stickers and the “flying” bats are all seasonal Halloween items from Michael’s Craft Store (I found the bat spray in the floral department and used wire cutters to separate them from the spray then poked the wires all about the Styrofoam).
After covering each of the Styrofoam circles with black glitter wrapping paper, I wrapped the edges in black glitter ribbon to hide the not-so-smooth edges where the wrapping paper got a bit wrinkled.
I added some battery operated lights underneath each Styrofoam circle with T-pins (I add the lights more for my hubby than anyone else, he gets all hot and bothered when I “plug into the grid,” you can check out his guest post about our 2010 Gingerbread house to see what I mean!).
The Batman rings sit nice and snug on a pillow of white frosting.
Phew, Batman made it to the party in one piece!
Wanna hear something funny? My friend had a birthday party for her daughter the previous week (with the same amount of kiddos) and her gluten-filled sheet cake cost $80.00 from a local bakery. Guess how much my gluten-free “cake” cost? Just over $60! Finally, a gluten-free alternative that is less expensive than its glutonium counterpart!
“Mommy? Is this real chocolate, and not carob?” (we’ve been off of chocolate since March)
“Yes, honey, it’s real chocolate.”
(in a nice, LOUD voice at the party) “Is it going to make my butt hurt?”
I shared the frosting recipe that I used for the Batman cupcakes here (I now omit the meringue powder altogether due to Luke’s egg allergy and make my own corn-free confectioners/powdered sugar using NOW Foods non-GMO Beet Sugar. I shared the recipe for homemade corn-free powdered sugar here).
For a GREAT gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free chocolate cake recipe, check out this recipe over at Gluten Free Easily (thanks Shirley, you made one little boy verrrry happy!).
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