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Saturday, 28 May 2022

How to Crochet a Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is a simple stitch that can be used to make an afghan, scarf, sweater, washcloth, or any other project that you would like to use it for. The stitch has a bit of a puckered design, which will add some texture to your work. This stitch uses basic crochet techniques, so it is something that you can learn easily, even if you are a novice crocheter.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Crocheting the Foundation Row

  1. Chain a multiple of 3 plus 4. To begin the blanket stitch, you will need to make a chain of the amount of stitches needed plus an additional 4 stitches. The additional 4 stitches will provide some slack for working the first double crochet stitch.[1]

    • Make your chain as long as you think it will need to be for your project. For example, if you are making a blanket, then you will probably need to chain at least 90 stitches, plus 4, for a total of 94. Or, if you are making a washcloth, then you can probably just chain 18 stitches, plus 4 for a total of 22.
  2. Double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook. After you have made your chain as long as desired, you will need to double crochet. Double crochet into the fourth chain stitch from the hook, not counting the chain on the hook.[2]

    • To double crochet, yarn over your hook and insert your hook into the fourth chain from the hook. Then, yarn over again and pull through the first loop. Next, yarn over again and pull through two loops. To finish your first double crochet stitch, yarn over again and pull through both stitches on the hook.[3]
  3. Skip two and single crochet. After you complete the double crochet stitch, skip two stitches. Single crochet into the third stitch over from the double crochet stitch.[4]

    • To single crochet, insert the hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over again, and then pull through both loops.[5]
  4. Double crochet twice into the same chain. After you crochet the single crochet stitch, you will need to double crochet twice into the same chain that you just worked into for the single crochet stitch. This means that the stitch will have a single crochet stitch and two double crochet stitches worked into it.[6]

  5. Repeat the sequence. Next, skip two and single crochet again, and then double crochet into the same stitch again. This will be your stitch pattern all the way to the end of the row, except for your last stitch.[7]

  6. Single crochet into last stitch in the row. When you are three stitches away from the last stitch in the row, skip to the last stitch and do one single crochet into this stitch. This will complete your first row.[8]

[Edit]Continuing the Stitch

  1. Chain 3 and turn. To begin your second row and every row thereafter, you will need to make a chain of 3. The chain will provide slack to make your first double crochet stitch. Chain 3 and then turn your work around.[9]

  2. Double crochet into the first stitch. After making the chain of three and turning your work, double crochet into the first stitch in your row. Only make one double crochet stitch here.[10]

  3. Skip two and single crochet. Next, skip two stitches and then single crochet into the third stitch over from the double crochet stitch. You will also be working into this space for your next two stitches.[11]

  4. Double crochet twice into the same stitch. Do two double crochet stitches into the same stitch that you just worked a single crochet stitch into. This space will have a total of three stitches in it after the two double crochet stitches.[12]

  5. Repeat to the end. When you finish the second double crochet stitch, skip two stitches again, and then single crochet once and double crochet twice into the same pace again. Continue to repeat this sequence until you are three stitches from the end of the row.[13]

  6. Single crochet into the last stitch. To complete each of your rows, single crochet one time into the last stitch in the row. This will finish the row and then you can start a new row and keep going until your project is finished.[14]

[Edit]Things You’ll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook that is appropriate for the type of yarn you are using. Check the yarn label if you are not sure.

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary



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How to Reuse Empty Aluminum Cans

Aluminum cans are a household waste problem. All the canned food and soda sold results in perfectly reusable metal going to landfills. While you can recycle your cans, you can also use them for simple household crafts. Reuse your aluminum cans by taking them apart to make candle holders, coasters, jewelry, and belts.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Making a Votive Candle

  1. Wash out the can. Add some of your dish soap to the can and rinse it out well with water. This helps remove any of the sticky residue from the can’s contents. After you cut off the top of the can, you’ll have a chance to check for any leftover food or drink and wash the can again.
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  2. Place a knife against the can’s top. To make the candle, you need to remove the top part of the can. One way to do this is with a pointed or sharp kitchen knife. If it’s a drink can, place the point in the groove between the rim of the can and the opening.[1]
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    • Keep the can on the table and the knife pointed into it to avoid getting poked. Children should have an adult do this for them.
    • Larger aluminum cans are often open enough that you can fit in the candle and avoid cutting.
  3. Tap the knife with a hammer. Use a household hammer to gently tap the knife and force it into the aluminum. Repeat this around the edge of the can until you can remove the can’s top. If there are sharp edges, use the edge of a knife or sandpaper. Rub the knife or sandpaper over it to smooth down the edges.
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    • Another way to cut the can is to make a slice on the outside using an x-acto knife and then cut around with scissors, but beware of sharp edges.
  4. Decorate the can. A can used for a candle can be decorated in many ways. One way is to first poke holes in a pattern using a nail and then coat the can in spray paint. You can then drop in a small candle to get a patterned light. Another option is to cut the can into a large circle and smaller petals, gluing them into a flower. This kind of decoration can be used as a base to hold a candle.[2]
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    • Use a tea candle or LED light to avoid heating the can while in use.
    • Cans with the tops cut off and decorated can also be used as pencil holders.

[Edit]Creating Drink Coasters

  1. Clean the can. Wash out the inside of the can with soap and water. Remove any leftover liquid from the can. You can check and wash the can again after you cut it open.
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  2. Cut off the top and bottom. The part of the can you want to save is the flat middle. To cut the can, take craft scissors designed to be used on tin. You can also make a cut with an x-acto knife and then cut around the can.
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    • Be careful of sharp edges.
  3. Cut down the seam. Find the seam on the middle portion of the can. This is where the metal was soldered together to create the can’s shape. In a soda can, it will often be by the ingredient section on the label. Once you have found it, cut down it through the length of the can. Unroll this portion and flatten it against a surface.[3]
    Reuse Empty Aluminum Cans Step 7 Version 2.jpg
  4. Glue the square to a tile. The tiles can be found for cheap at a home improvement store. The size you need depends on the size of your coasters, but four by four inches (10.16 cm) is a standard size. A good glue, such as a silicone glue, can be bought at any craft store. Rub the glue over the back of the metal, then press the metal flat over the top of the tile. Let the glue settle overnight.
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  5. Varnish the edges. The next day, use a brush to apply varnish over the metal to protect it. Dip the brush into the varnish and spread an even coating over the top of the coaster. This prevents the metal from peeling after use. Another option for this is to stitch or glue fabric over the edges of the metal.[4]
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  6. Add felt pads. Find packs of small felt pads at the craft store. Peel them off from their protective backing and attach the sticky side to the bottom of the tile. The felt will protect your table from scratches.
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[Edit]Crafting Earrings

  1. Cut off the ends of the can. Jab in a sharp pair of scissors or make a cut with an x-acto knife to start. Scissors can then be used to cut around the can until the end is removed.
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  2. Cut down the seam. Examine the remaining part of the can for the seam where the metal was welded together. Cut down the length of the seam until you can lay the aluminum flat.
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  3. Punch out shapes. Consider the design you want the earring to be. Lay out the leftover piece of metal, then use a hole punch to make the shape. Keep the metal against a flat surface as you work. Simple shapes include butterflies and flowers.[5]
    Reuse Empty Aluminum Cans Step 13 Version 2.jpg
    • The hole punch dulls the edges, but use sandpaper or an emery board to file down any sharpness.
  4. Make a small hole for hanging. Imagine how the shapes will hang as an earring. Where you put the hole for the chain determines this. Once you’ve decided, use a pushpin to poke a small hole through the aluminum.
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  5. Run a chain through the hole. A small length of chain or jump ring from the craft store are useful here. Use small pliers or tweezers to open one end of this connector, then push an end through the hole. Close the loop when you are done.
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  6. Attach the chain to an earring back. Pull open the earring back, using pliers if necessary. Run the chain or jump ring through it, then close the loop. Your earrings will be ready to wear.
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    • Chains, rings, and backs can be recycled from old jewelry you have around the house.

[Edit]Making a Pop Tab Belt

  1. Gather soda tabs. The amount of tabs you need depends on how big the belt will be. Plan for about three tabs per inch (2.54 cm). A waist size of 25-30 inches (63.5-76.2 cm) amounts to about 110 tabs.[6]
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  2. Tie a loop in the center of a chord. Get nylon cord from the craft store, making sure it’s long enough to double around your waist. In the center of the cord, tie a knot as big as a pop tab, leaving a loop on the outside end. This loop will be used to secure the belt during use.
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  3. Put on the first tab. Work from the backs of the tabs. Thread one end of your cord through the top. Thread the other end through the bottom. Push the tab all the way back to the end of the cord.
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  4. Cross over a second tab. When you add the second tab over the first tab, the cords should be reversed. The bottom cord should go through the top hole and the top cord should go through the bottom hole. When you push the tab next to the first one, the cords should form an X.[7]
    Reuse Empty Aluminum Cans Step 20 Version 2.jpg
  5. Add a third tab below the second one. The third tab should be below the second one. String the top strand of cord through the top hole and the bottom strand through the bottom hole.
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  6. Continue alternating tabs. The fourth tab should go on top of the last one and the cords should cross over again to form an X. The fifth tab should go under the fourth tab with straight cords again. Repeat this pattern until the belt is long enough.
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  7. Tie shut the belt. All you have to do now is tie the free ends of the cord together. Make a couple of knots to keep it secure. You can also run it through a button first. Trim off excess cord. To wear the belt, put this end through the loop made earlier.
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[Edit]Tips

  • If you are not interested in crafts but still want to find practical uses for your empty aluminum cans, you could try using them to store things, instead![8]
  • You can also punch holes in the bottom of the can and use it for a plant holder.[9]

[Edit]Warnings

  • Cutting aluminum often leaves sharp edges. Wear gloves for protection and file down sharp edges.

[Edit]Things You’ll Need

Votive candle:

  • Aluminum can
  • Knife or scissors
  • Hammer
  • Spray paint
  • LED or tea candle

Coasters:

  • Aluminum can
  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • Silicone glue
  • Varnish or fabric
  • Felt pads

Earrings:

  • Aluminum can
  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • Hole puncher
  • Jump rings or small chain
  • Earring back

Belt:

  • Pop tabs
  • Nylon cord
  • Scissors

[Edit]References



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How to Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit

Plus-size swimsuits are available in many ranges and styles. When looking for swimsuits that flatter, you'll need to consider what style you like best and what will help you to feel the most comfortable.

[Edit]Steps

  1. Find a style that fits you well. Nothing will flatter you if you feel uncomfortable or the swimsuit sags on you and fails to make the most of your figure. Remind yourself while shopping for a swimsuit that you deserve something of quality that you feel good in; don't settle for less.
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  2. Look for styles made for curvier figures.[1] For example, the 50s style one-piece swimsuits were made to accentuate and celebrate curves and are very flattering. They have lower hip rises, higher waists and provide plenty of upper body support.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 2.jpeg
    • Look online for seamstresses who specialize in making swimsuits based on earlier era styles. This has become a specialty niche that allows for the seamstress to enjoy their art and lets you get hold of a great, unique piece that is tailored to you and your precise measurements.
  3. Shop for your body type. Not all plus-size bodies are alike—your figure may be an apple, pear, hourglass, etc. Figure out which part of your body you want to accent most.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 3.jpeg
    • Try wearing brighter colors on areas you want to emphasize, and darker colors on areas you want to de-emphasize.
  4. Find your body accent. Strut your stuff and show off your favorite parts of your body. If you want to show off your chest more, wear a lower cut swimsuit with a longer hip side. If you want to cover your chest, find a high-necked swimsuit.
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    • Avoid wearing a high-necked swimsuit. This style can look (and may even feel) rather confining and is not particularly flattering. Instead, try something with a sheerer fabric and cut above a normal neckline.
  5. Consider your color palette. Which colors look good on you, and which ones make you look sickly? Figure out whether you are a winter, summer, spring, or autumn. Choose colors that complement your skin tone and make you look healthy.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 5.jpeg
    • Usually, dark colors and monochromatic looks work better.[2]
  6. Try ruched fabrics and wraps. Ruched side panels can enhance your silhouette, and ruched fabric and wraps in general can be flattering and more adjustable in size.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 6.jpeg
  7. Find something that supports your chest and feels comfortable. You want to be able to swim, walk, and play comfortably in your swimsuit, without constantly pausing to adjust. In the dressing room, stretch and try lightly jogging in place. Will you feel comfortable?
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    • Check to make sure that the straps are comfortable and the bottom doesn't ride up.
  8. Look or fun patterns. Bold, bright patterns look flattering and festive. Choose a print with shapes and colors that make you feel happy. If you're a little pattern-shy, try swimsuits with solid panels on the sides.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 8.jpeg
  9. Experiment in the dressing room. If you aren't sure about a swimsuit on the rack, try it on, just in case it looks awesome on you. You may be surprised at what you can pull off!
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 9.jpeg
  10. Remember that different brands size differently. You may be a size 16 in one brand and a size 18 in another. This is okay. Be willing to go a size up or a size down from your general size, in case one particular swimsuit is cut differently.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 10.jpeg
  11. Don't fear the bikini. New styles such as fatkinis and more bikinis geared towards plus-size women are hitting the market. They include flattering high-waisted bottoms and plenty of support for your chest.[3] Your body is beautiful and you are not required to cover it up.
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    • You can also buy the top and bottom of your bikini in different sizes if needed.
  12. Find swimsuits that you personally love. What are your favorite colors, silhouettes, and patterns? What sort of swimsuit makes you smile and look forward to wearing it? Search for swimsuits with details you like, so that when you go out to swim, you feel confident and beautiful.
    Choose a Flattering Plus Size Swimsuit Step 12.jpeg

[Edit]Tips

  • Bear in mind that the best swimsuit is the one you feel happy with, not what the fashion experts scold you into.
  • Modesty is a personal choice; feel free to cover up as much or as little as befits who you are.


[Edit]References

  1. [v161928_b01]. 26 August 2021.
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  3. [v161928_b01]. 26 August 2021.


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Friday, 27 May 2022

How to Make a Cupcake Cake

If you’re looking to get creative with your baking, a cupcake cake is a great way to start! Cupcake cakes look great, but only require a regular cake recipe, some gluing with frosting, and a creative mind. You can carve a giant cake into cupcake shape or arrange lots of small cupcakes into a unique shape or pattern for any occasion. No matter what kind of cupcake cake you choose, your taste testers will love the shape and flavor of this delicious dessert.

[Edit]Ingredients

[Edit]Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Makes 20-25 standard-size cupcakes.

  • flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • softened butter
  • sugar (add more if you want sweeter cupcakes)
  • 2 eggs
  • milk
  • vanilla (optional)

[Edit]Giant Cupcake Cake with a Mold

Makes 1 giant cupcake cake.

  • 2 cake mixes
  • 2 instant pudding mixes
  • 8 eggs
  • water
  • of vegetable oil

[Edit]Cupcake Cake without a Mold

Makes one medium-sized cupcake cake. For a larger cake, double the measurements.

  • white sugar
  • butter
  • 2 eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • milk

[Edit]Icing

Makes 10-12 servings.

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • whipping cream
  • vanilla or almond extract
  • A few drops of food coloring (optional)

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Baking a Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

  1. Decide on a pattern. This will depend on what occasion the cake is for! If you’re celebrating a child’s birthday party, think about doing a simple rendition of their favorite animal, like a turtle; cartoon character; or activity, like an airplane. For a holiday, go with a simple symbol, like a Christmas tree or a dreidel.[1]
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  2. Calculate the number of cupcakes you’ll need. Lay out cupcake liners in your chosen pattern on the large plate or piece of clean cardboard you plan to arrange your cupcakes on. Make sure they can all fit snugly, adding or subtracting cups as needed. Your final number of cups will be the number of cupcakes you’ll make.
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    • This recipe makes 20-25 standard-sized cupcakes. If you need more or less than that, adjust the measurements accordingly.
    • For example, if you want to make 40 cupcakes, use of flour, of salt, of baking powder, etc.
    • You could also use mini cupcakes. A recipe that makes 20 standard cupcakes can be used to make about 60 mini cupcakes.
  3. Preheat your oven to and line the pan with paper liners.[2] If you’re making mini cupcakes, preheat to .[3]
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  4. Mix your batter. Stir your butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or a mixer on medium speed until it’s light and fluffy. If you’re using a mixer, this should take 2-3 minutes.[4] Stir in one egg at a time, then add the flour, baking powder and salt. Pour in your milk and stir well, then add your vanilla (optional). Stir until smooth.[5]
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    • Soften the butter by leaving it out for a few hours before you start mixing your batter.
    • Use a mixer if possible, as the batter will be much harder to stir with a wooden spoon.
    • Vanilla will add a sweeter flavor, which is a great way to sweeten up your typical boxed cake mix.[6]
  5. Pour the batter into the tray. You can use a large measuring glass with a pointy lip to get a neater pour. Fill each cup about halfway, making sure to divide the batter equally so you get an even bake.[7]
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  6. Bake the cupcakes for 18 minutes. Check on your cupcakes after about 10 minutes to make sure they’re rising but not burning. They shouldn’t be darker on top by the time you pull them out. Then, let them cool in their pans for about 10 minutes.[8]
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    • You can check if your cupcakes are done by sticking a toothpick into the center of one cupcake. Pull it back out and check to see if there is wet batter on it. If so, your cupcakes need some more time. Put them in for 5 more minutes, then check on them again. When the toothpick comes back dry, your cupcakes are ready to go.
    • If you’re making mini cupcakes, bake for 10-15 minutes.[9]
  7. Make your icing. Microwave your butter for 10-30 seconds or leave it out for a few hours, until it’s slightly soft but not melted. Mix it with sugar in a large bowl, using a mixer on medium setting or a wooden spoon, until light and fluffy. Mix in the whipping cream, vanilla, and any food coloring you want and stir until the frosting is thick but spreadable.[10]
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    • If you want to use different colors in your pattern, separate the frosting evenly into different bowls, then add your desired food coloring to each bowl.
  8. “Glue” your cupcakes to your plate with a swirl of frosting. Transfer your frosting to a piping bag, or make your own by poking a small hole in the bottom corner of a resealable plastic bag. Squirt a circle of frosting onto the bottom of each cupcake, directly onto the paper liner. Place each cupcake firmly back onto the plate or cardboard.[11]
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    • Make this squirt of frosting roughly circular and slightly smaller than the bottom of the cupcake, but don’t fill it in.
  9. Push your cupcakes together for a tighter fit. Gently press the cupcakes together with your hands so that each one is pushed flush against its neighbors. This will prevent too much icing from slipping into the cracks between cupcakes.[12]
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  10. Ice the cupcakes smoothly for a cake-like look. Use your piping bag to put a small dollop in any remaining diamond-shaped holes between cupcakes. Outline the outside edge of your pattern with frosting, then fill in the rest. Smooth it over with an icing scraper or a flat plastic spatula. Decorate with other colors of frosting or sprinkles.[13]
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  11. Ice the cupcakes individually to make different frosting patterns. You could do rose-style icing or simple swirls with your piping bag. The cupcakes may feel like less of a cohesive cake, but this method could be best for some patterns. If you’re making a large flower out of cupcakes, for example, you may want to frost the cupcakes individually to make them look like individual petals. You also might wish to create a certain illusion of texture, for cakes in the shape of animals or birds.[14]
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[Edit]Making a Giant Cupcake Cake with a Mold

  1. Get a large silicon cupcake cake pan. The easiest way to make a giant cupcake is to use a specialized, two-part silicone pan. One side of the pan will be the bottom of the cake, with accordion folds along the sides to make it look like a paper cupcake liner. The top will be dome-like with a point, mimicking the shape of a regular cupcake.
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    • You can find a cupcake cake pan online or at a specialty baking store.
  2. Preheat your oven to . Let it warm up as you prepare you batter.
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  3. Coat your cupcake pan with non-stick spray. Spray the pan carefully, making sure to completely cover the accordion folds in the pan. You can also brush on a liquid non-stick product, which might give you fuller coverage.[15]
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  4. Mix all batter ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour your cake mixes, pudding mixes, eggs, water and oil to a bowl. Use a mixer on a medium setting or a wooden spoon to mix until the batter is thick but pourable.[16]
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    • You can also make your cake from scratch using your favorite Pound cake recipe. Make sure you make enough to fill up your mold. If you’re not sure how much your recipe will fill, double the recipe just to be safe.
  5. Measure your batter and pour it into the pans. Pour into the top, dome-like part of the cupcake, and for the bottom. The pans shouldn’t be totally filled; your cake will rise to fill the rest of the space.[17]
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  6. Bake your cakes at for 1 hour. After half an hour, remove the cakes and put a loose tent of aluminum foil over the top part of the cupcake, then place them back in the oven for the remaining half hour. This will prevent it from cooking faster than the bottom part and becoming dry.[18]
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    • When the hour is up, stick a toothpick into the cake. If it comes back wet, stick the cake back in at 5 minute intervals, continuing to use the toothpick to see if it’s done. When the toothpick comes back dry, your cake is ready to go!
  7. Let your cakes cool in the pan for ten minutes. Then, remove the cakes from the pans and place them on a baking sheet. Let them finish cooling for about 10-15 minutes.[19]
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  8. Cut off the tops of your cakes to make them straight and level. To make sure you cut at the right height, place the cakes back in the cooled pan. Cut both the dome and the base cakes so that they’re the same height as the cake pans.[20]
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    • Use a long, flat, serrated knife for the most even cut.
  9. Mix up your icing. Microwave your butter for 10-30 seconds until it’s slightly soft but not melted. Use a mixer on a medium setting or a wooden spoon to mix it with sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the whipping cream, vanilla, and any food coloring you want. Keep stirring until the frosting is thick but spreadable.[21]
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    • If you want to use different colors in your pattern, separate the frosting evenly into different bowls, then add your desired food coloring to each bowl.
  10. Frost the top of the bottom cake and place the other cake on the icing. Spread a layer of medium thickness onto the bottom portion of the cake, then set the top portion firmly on top. The frosting should “glue” it into place.[22]
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  11. Ice the rest of the cake and add sprinkles. You can ice the full cake, or just do the top portion to make it look more like a cupcake. Use a piping bag to spread the frosting in rosette patterns to add texture, or do a simple swirl. Add some sprinkles on top to complete your delicious cupcake cake![23]
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[Edit]Making a Cupcake Cake without a Mold

  1. Preheat your oven to . Let it warm up as you begin to make your batter.[24]
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  2. Make your cake batter. Let the butter soften for a few hours, then use a mixer on a medium setting or a wooden spoon to combine it with the sugar until fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder, then add it to the mixture and stir. Mix in the milk until the batter is smooth.[25]
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  3. Pour your cake batter into five shallow mixing bowls. To make a giant cupcake cake without a special mold, you’ll need to bake five different cakes and stack them. The four base cakes will be smaller and flatter, about across and high, while the dome cake will be taller and more round. Divide your batter equally into four shallow bowls to make the base cakes. Use a layer of parchment paper to keep the batter from sticking. For the dome cake, simply fill the bowl a bit more.[26]
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    • You can use round baking pans or stainless steel bowls to bake your cakes.
    • If you don’t have four bowls of the same size, simply pour the batter into the same bowl one cake at a time.
  4. Bake your cakes at for 20-30 minutes. Check on your cakes every 7 minutes or so, adjusting the time as needed. They should get golden brown on top, but shouldn’t look burnt, and should feel springy to the touch.
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    • You can check if your cake is done by sticking a toothpick into the center. Pull it back out and check to see if there is wet batter on it. If so, put your cake back in for 5 minute intervals, checking the toothpick each time. When it comes back dry, your cake is ready to go.
  5. Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool. Let the cakes sit in the bowl for 10 minutes, then remove them and let them cool completely, for another 15-20 minutes, on a baking sheet.
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  6. Taper the edges of your first three layers. Stack your four flat cakes on top each other. Use a long knife to cut about from the second layer and from the bottom layer, leaving the top third and fourth layers intact. You’ll be cutting at a slant all around the circular cakes to achieve a cupcake-like base.[27]
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  7. Cut off the rounded top of the top cake. The dome-like cake that will serve as the top of your cupcake should only be rounded on one side. Use a knife to carefully level off the top of the cake, leaving the bottom, the part molded from the bowl, intact. Lay it flat side down on top of the other four cakes, using a knife to trim the sides and give it a slanted look.[28]
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    • Put some cake scraps on the very top of the dome if you need to round it off.
  8. Make your icing. Microwave the butter for 10-30 seconds until it’s slightly soft but not melted. Use a mixer on a medium setting or a wooden spoon to mix it with sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the whipping cream, vanilla, and any food coloring you want. Keep stirring until the frosting is thick but spreadable.[29]
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  9. Frost the top of each cake. Use the same icing recipe as above. Take down your stack of cakes and smooth a layer of frosting on top of each one, starting with your bottom cake. Stop when you get to the dome cake on top.[30]
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    • Level off any rounded tops to keep the cake stable. Trim away any pointy sides as well.
  10. Frost the whole cake and let it set in the refrigerator. Use a large, flat knife to frost your cake completely. Put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let the frosting harden.[31]
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  11. Roll out tubes of white fondant. The tubes should be about thick and long. Use your fingers to roll them and a knife to cut them to the right length.[32]
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    • You can buy fondant online or at baking stores, or make your own at home.
  12. Place your fondant rolls vertically along the bottom of the cake. Leave about of space between them and push them lightly into the surface of the cake. These will be the ripples at the bottom of your cupcake, which will look like the folds of a paper cupcake cup.[33]
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  13. Stick a roll of colored fondant over the tubes. Roll it out flat with a rolling pin and cut the sheet in half. Press one half onto the cake at a time, using the heat of your hands to help stick it to the cake’s surface. The fondant may be a bit difficult to work with, so be patient and gently rub it into place. The fondant should only cover the bottom part of the cake, so trim away any extra with a knife.[34]
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    • For a cleaner look, use a spoon to indent the fondant around the tubes at the very bottom of the cake.
  14. Frost the top of the cake. Use a piping bag and decorate the top of the cake however you want. You could use a rosette tip to cover the top in rose patterns, or spiral the frosting around the top. Decorate with sprinkles and enjoy![35]
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[Edit]Things You’ll Need

[Edit]Baking a Pull-Apart Cake

  • Cupcake liners
  • Cupcake or muffin pan
  • Large plate or piece of cardboard
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer or wooden spoon
  • Large measuring glass
  • Toothpick
  • Piping bag or ziplock bag
  • Icing scraper or flat plastic spatula

[Edit]Making a Giant Cupcake Cake with a Mold

  • Silicon cupcake cake pan
  • Non-stick spray
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer or wooden spoon
  • Large measuring glass
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking sheet
  • Knife
  • Piping bag
  • Sprinkles

[Edit]Making a Giant Cupcake without a Mold

  • 1-5 shallow, stainless steel mixing bowls or pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer or wooden spoon
  • Large measuring glass
  • Toothpick
  • Baking sheet
  • Knife
  • Fondant, white and colored
  • Rolling pin
  • Spoon
  • Sprinkles


[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

  1. https://www.livinglocurto.com/birthday-cupcake-cakes/
  2. http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/simple-vanilla-cupcakes-178370
  3. http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/bake/how-to-make-cupcakes/
  4. http://blog.kingarthurflour.com/2015/04/27/creaming-butter-sugar/
  5. http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/simple-vanilla-cupcakes-178370
  6. https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/18513_cake_over_how_to_make_boxed_cake_mix_better/
  7. http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/simple-vanilla-cupcakes-178370
  8. http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/simple-vanilla-cupcakes-178370
  9. http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/bake/how-to-make-cupcakes/
  10. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quick-vanilla-buttercream-frosting-recipe-1942194
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjuG05B04E0&feature=youtu.be&t=40s
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjuG05B04E0&feature=youtu.be&t=1m22s
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjuG05B04E0&feature=youtu.be&t=2m15s
  14. https://www.livinglocurto.com/birthday-cupcake-cakes/
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=48s
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=53s
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=1m35s
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=1m51s
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=2m4s
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=2m17s
  21. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quick-vanilla-buttercream-frosting-recipe-1942194
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=2m29s
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5NUAHjoHc&feature=youtu.be&t=2m42s
  24. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17481/simple-white-cake/
  25. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17481/simple-white-cake/
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=12s
  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=19s
  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=41s
  29. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quick-vanilla-buttercream-frosting-recipe-1942194
  30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=1m35s
  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=2m16s
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=2m36s
  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=2m48s
  34. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=3m7s
  35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf-ULDhX4g&feature=youtu.be&t=4m4s


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