On a recent trip to New York I happened upon this delightful cafe/bakery Bee's Knees selling cake-cups.
Yes cakes in a plastic 'cup'. Cup cakes have never been a favourite of mine because of the mounds of buttercream which is too often 'clawy'. So now I am back in my kitchen in guernsey where I knew I had stocks of these containers, I have given it a first run through.
I baked a 12-15 red velvet cupcake recipe in a tray bake foil. The ones from Lakeland are an ideal size. Some red velvet recipes use oil instead of butter, but I prefer the butter and buttermilk recipes.
I used a cutter slightly smaller than the size of the containers – my plastic containers are 3″- to push out the original cake. Clearly you will be left with edges but this easily makes up another 1 or 2 cake cups. Cut the cake into uneven slices and layer with a suitable frosting. Vanilla cream cheese frosting works well with red velvet.
I used tubs of mascarpone and vanilla bean paste with a cup of icing (powdered) sugar. Play around with the frostings you like.
These are great as hostess gifts as they transport so easily and of course stack easily anywhere. Please let me know what you think, especially if you are a keen cup caker.