Cake cups- the new cupcake?

baking, cakes

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.

My new board in the shape of guernsey!

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.


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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

2 thoughts on “Cake cups- the new cupcake?”

  1. Marilyn says:

    Your stuff looks amazing! I’d love to make something like this for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. Where can I find the cups with lids? Thank you!


    • Thank you! They would be perfect for little ones,mi think- a lot less mess. I bought these through a Amazon UK, I think. There are a lot of sizes, so you can buy according to you needs. If you do try it for a child’s party I’d love to know how you get on. Anne


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