This past weekend was my youngest daughter, Sofia’s, 7th birthday. She LOVES Shopkins! Her favorite is Cupcake Queen and I must admit, I had no clue what they were. About a month ago she asked me if I would make her birthday cake and she said she wanted a Cupcake Queen cake like the one Rosanna Pansino made on her YouTube channel. We had watched the video about a dozen times, mostly because of Sofie’s love for Shopkins, but also so I could figure out exactly how to make this thing myself! It didn’t seem super complicated but I knew it would take some time because there are a ton of components. I started out by ordering most of the things I needed from Amazon because, lets face it, they have everything!
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I was going to order the candy too but I ended up finding a small, local candy shop that sold candy in bulk and I was able to get the gum balls in the specific colors I needed (yellow and pink) and a handful of Mike & Ike’s. If you live in the Charlotte area, you have to check out Candy Girl Confections. They’re obviously a candy shop but they also sell some really cute gift items for birthdays, weddings and all sorts of occasions!
I decided to bake the cake a day in advance so that the cake could be COMPLETELY cooled before I started decorating. Plus, I didn’t want to spend the ENTIRE day making this cake if I could avoid it. I made a buttery pound cake because I thought it would hold the shape really well. For the icing and decorations I made Italian Meringue Buttercream tinted blue, yellow and brown and then I made Rosanna’s Marshmallow Fondant recipe that’s featured in her “Nerdy Nummies” cookbook. I know I’ve mentioned it a million times but it’s a great cookbook if you have kids!
When assembling the cake I pretty much just eyeballed it because Sofie, of course, had a picture of Cupcake Queen handy for me to reference. I would’ve liked to have the buttercream be A BIT more smooth but overall I’m happy with how she turned out! The main thing is Sofie LOVED her!
The cake took me the better part of a day to make the icings and assemble the pieces together. I’m so glad I made the cake in advance! There was a minor catastrophe though. As I was in the process of assembling, one of my “cute and wonderful” dogs got up on the table and ate the top half of the cake. LUCKILY I hadn’t started decorating so all I had to do was bake another top. I lost about two hours of time but I still got it done! Thanks, Sully.
I really hope you enjoyed this post! I feel like my blog is leaning a lot more toward cooking and baking lately but that’s directly attributed to the time of year! I love to cook and bake around the holidays and I take advantage of every second. That is until January 1 when the diets have to kick back in. But enough of that nonsense! If you make this cake please let me know how it turns out and send me pictures! Have a great rest of the weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving week!