Hello and welcome to Cupcake Addiction’s Volcano
Cake Tutorial where I’ll be showing you how to make this great, smoking volcano cake using
your giant cupcake mold. If you follow my channel, My Cupcake Addiction,
you’ll know that I love to show you how to make not only giant cupcakes but heaps of
different things using your giant cupcake mold. I’m a big fan of many users for the
one [pen]. So tools and equipment that we will be using
today: Mine’s going to be for dinosaur party so I’ve
actually made mine as part of a great, big, dinosaur, volcano cupcake tower.
So I’ve got some little plastic dinosaurs. Now I’ve picked this up in a pack. They came
with all of these trees and it’s a really common place at the children. In Australia,
I bough mine in K-Mart for 15 dollars and for 15 dollars I got, I think, 200 pieces,
and more than I could ever use. So the birthday boy is going to get a lot of extras when we’re
finished with this cake. I’ve got myself a square cake board. I’ll
leave details of the size of this cake board. And look, it’s really going to depend on how
many dinosaur and how much of a setting you want to put around it. I’ve iced mine with
a bit of green icing so some green fondant. And I do have a whole tutorial on my channel
that shows you how to ice and fondant a board. So I will leave a link to that in the description
box below. And I’ve just got mine on a little cake decorating turntable today for ease.
I’ve got my giant cupcake which has been baked. We do have a whole series on how to get your
giant cupcake or baked and out of its little cupcake liner. I’ve used a mud cake today
because I want a really heavy-duty cake for this volcano. We’re going to be coring out
the center of it. if you use something like a mud, it’s quite a dense cake and it’s going
to hold its shape a lot better than if you use, say, a sponge.
I’ve got those on a cooling rack. And I’ve got a couple of trays. Now this is
just going to be the catcher of our mess today. I’ve got a circular cookie-cutter.
I’ve got some of our dark chocolate ganache. And I’ve also got some white chocolate ganache.
I will leave all of the ingredients for these recipes in the description box below. We have
a whole tutorial for the dark chocolate ganache. For the white chocolate ganache, I’ve made
the recipe as per the instructions below. Then I’ve halfed it and I’ve colored half
red and half orange. You can use any food coloring you like. It can be liquid, paste,
gel, powder. It really doesn’t matter for ganache.
I’ve got a small serrated edge knife. I’ve got a big serrated edge knife or a bread
knife. I’ve got just a smooth edge or a butter knife.
I’ve got some scissors. I’ve got a couple of zip lock bags.
And for our smoke effect, I’ve got just a little plastic shot glass. You can also use
a little candle (Inaudible 02:32), or anything glass, plastic, it doesn’t matter.
And I’ve got just a little new medicine dropper. These are any about a dollar for us down at
the local pharmacy. You’re also going to need a little bit of
dried ice. Now, initially I thought, dried ice: what a pain, where am I going to find
it from? I got dry ice pellets for 8 dollars a kilo, which is so much more than I am ever
going to use. It lasts for a few days so long as you keep it airtight. It doesn’t need to
be stored in the freezer, so long as it’s in an airtight container and it gives us that
brilliant smoky effect. So let’s get started.
Now the first thing that we want to do is we want to carve up our giant cupcake. So
you can see there’s going to be quite a bit of mess. We’ll pull our rack out here and
pop that off to the side. I want to try and catch some of my mess so there’s not as much
cleaning for me to do as we get through this tutorial.
So you want to make sure that you’ve got a nice, flat bottom on the base of your cupcake,
you can see there as it’s risen, [for] it’s drying on its face or cooling on its head,
I guess. So it’s flattened down quite a bit. But you really want to cut it along, sort
of along this line with the ripples because you want that to be the base. So you might
go just a touch underneath that. We’ll have a little bit of a ganache circle.
So as I cut that, I’m actually going to turn the cupcake around. That will give me a really
nice, even cut. Fingers crossed. And look, for your volcano, it doesn’t matter if it’s
not a 100% even or a 100% level because it’s a volcano, it’s a mountain so it’s not technically
supposed to be perfect. It going to be just a little bit there that I need to trim off
and there’s my nice, flat base, ready to go. Turn that over. You’re looking at the bottom
half of your volcano. We’ll pop that just down there. This is going to go with some
of my leftover ganaches for dinosaur cakepops to go with my extravagant dinosaur desert
table for my son’s birthday. So you want your top here. Now you’re going
to take the top and I’m going to cut along. So I’m holding it here but you’ll notice I’m
not actually at risk of cutting myself. I’m just going to hold it because I’m holding
underneath where the knife is going. And once again, I’m turning. You’ll see how beautifully
the mud cake cuts in comparison to, say, a sponge cake.
Alright, so now you want to just position that on top. And what you can see there is
a little bit of overhang. So it’s kind of looking a little bit like a mushroom now.
We want to trim that over hang off. But be warned, this little bit overhang can be a
little bit crumbly because it’s quite firm because of the different cooking spray and
the cooking oil that we’ve used. So I like to get my smallest serrated edge knife.
The other thing we want to do is want to cut off these little ridges that are common with
giant cupcake cases. So to begin with, I’m just going to run my knife around being really
careful not to cut yourself there. So I’m going to run my knife around and just smooth
them out. It’s just going to look a little bit unusual if you’ve got a big volcano that’s
got kind of these perfect circular ridges on the top. So you don’t have to be perfect
about getting them out. So once you’ve gone around your first layer, just position it
on top. So you’ve got there sort of nicely sized. The only thing that I do want to do
is just grade down that edge a little bit because it’s just looking a little bit like
it kind of drops down a bit too neatly there. So leaving that on top of that giant cupcake.
I’ll pop it back in my tray just so I can once again store the mess. I’m just going
to go around this like this, just by eye. And just shave it down.
Alright, now for our volcano, we want to take the top off. So I’m just going to cut straight
across the top. Have a look at your circle cutter. And once again, this might change
depending on how big you want your volcano, I guess, hole to be. But I don’t want to take
too much off the top there because I do want to try and retain a nice top to my volcano.
So that’s about the same size as my circle cutter. You want to go a little bit bigger
because you need that flat ridge to come out about a centimeter all the way around your
circle cutter. So I’m going to just go down another centimeter and cut it again. You can
see how many cakepops we’re going to get out of all these cut off. That is perfect. So
this is going to be where out lava sits and it’s all going to come over the top of our
volcano. We’ll just do a little bit of tidy up and we’ll come back and we’re ready to
get decorating. Alright, so we’ve cleaned up a lot of that
mess. Now take your nice, neat top and make sure that you sit it down. I’m just going
to sit it behind me exactly in the same direction because we’ve trimmed it pretty well perfectly
the size. You don’t want to be turning it around here.
Take your circle cookie cutter and right in the middle there, push down. Leave it sticking
out just about a millimeter so just a fraction, fraction of an inch and give it a twist. Now
this is the great thing again about mud cake, as you twist it, you can actually see that
cake is now twisting in that little core and pull it out. You don’t want to go all the
way to the bottom of the cake. This is going to be where our hidden lava is. So when I
actually cut the cake, lava is going to flow out of the center of the cake which is going
to be visually spectacular. But you don’t want to cut all the way down to the bottom
or your lava is going to seep out underneath your giant cupcake. So you really need that
cake there to catch it. So now for the top cake, once again in the
middle. You just want to push that cookie cutter through and I’m going to push that
all the way down because that’s quite a thin piece. Lift it up and push all the way through.
So you can see there, I’m actually pushing it all the way through. And then we’ll push
that cookie cutter out. So take your knife, we’re going to take a
little bit of that chocolate ganache and just moisten the top here with a little bit of
ganache. That’s just going to be a delicious glue. And then we’ll stick our volcano top
back on. Perfect. Now we can see a volcano starting. Now what you want to do here and
it does get a little bit messy, hence the tray and the cooling rack underneath, is we’re
just going to scoop this ganache on and just cover the outside of this volcano. You could
leave it raw like that. It still does look very volcano-like. But you don’t want to expose
the cake to the air. It’s going to dry out really quickly. So this ganache is going to
seal that cake and make sure that it’s going to last couple of days. So you don’t have
to be frantically making it on the morning of your child’s party.
So you can see there I’m just going to use my knife and I’m just going to start at the
top and just, almost just let it fall down or drizzle down. Don’t worry too much about
the rim of the volcano because that’s going to have our lava ganache in it anyway. And
I’m just going to smooth it over until that covers the whole thing. Alright, so you’ve
got your volcano there and that ganache is still really wet and quite sticky. So if you’d
leave that for an hour or so that ganache is going to start to firm up. And when you
do actually serve this cake, it’s not going to be that wet and sticky. It’s going to be
quite firm. It will actually almost solidify a little bit around the outside of that cake.
So it’s time now to apply our cake to our board. So we want to take our cake board.
You want to take just a little bit of chocolate ganache and this is going to glue the cake
to the board. Pop it in the center. And then, using that knife, we’re going to lift the
cake off the try using the knife. You can also use a pellet knife or [you might even]
use a bread knife for this just because it’s a little bit longer. So I’m just going to
slide it underneath the cake. Once again, my cake, a lot more stable than if it was
a sponge. And don’t worry if you’re moving a little bit of that ganache around. I’m actually
going to stabilize it by just putting my fingers in the larva hole, transferring it. I’m going
to take my other knife and I’m just going to push that up against the cake as I pull
this knife out. Beautiful. A seamless transfer. So we’re ready… We’re getting to the point
at the end of our volcano tutorial now. You can see it’s really starting to take shape.
So what you want to do here is take your zip lock bags and we’re going to put some of our
red and some of our orange ganache in each one. So one’s going to have red and one’s
going to have orange. Make sure that you let any air out of that bag before you seal it
up. Alright, so from here, you can probably guess
what we’re going to do. We want to just cut the corner off your zip lock bag. So just
make sure that you’re not doing it over the cake. Just cut off a corner. It doesn’t have
to be particularly fine. So I’m going to cut off quite a chunky corner there. Make sure
you know where your little piece of plastic has gone and pick it up as soon as you can.
You don’t want to risk that plastic going into one of the cakes that you’re making or
any part of the cake you’re making, especially not when it’s a kid’s cake, actually when
it’s anyone’s cake. Same again with the orange.
Alright, now for the lava, I like to hold them both together and spin as I’m going.
And then turn them around. Beautiful. Once you get to about that full, SO about 2/3 of
the way full, take your toothpick. And remember we want this to be visually spectacular when
we cut it. Take your toothpick and just give it a little, kind of a little stir. But don’t
stir it too much than you combine the 2 colors. You really just want to marble them.
Now, what I would suggest here is keeping some of that ganache and applying these last
little bits just before the party. So if you’re going to make the cake the day before, make
it to this stage the day before and then you can add all of your little figurines and all
the other bits and pieces, and then leave just before you’re going to bring the cake
out for the party. Before your guests are going to arrive, come in and finish filling
and do your final effects so that it looks like really, nice, fresh lava. And that way,
particularly if you’re going to do the dry ice technique, that way your ganache is going
to be really really nice and easy for you to put your shot glass into.
So I’m going to serve this cake on a day and I’m not going to put my dried ice in my shot
glass in until we’re ready to serve and sing “Happy Birthday”. The cake is going to look
absolutely gorgeous. And then when I want to… I guess it’s going to look a little
bit different once we put that shot glass in. It’s going to be obviously a shot glass
sitting in the top of it. So we’ll take the cake away, put it in the dry ice, bring it
back, smoking candles in it, singing “Happy Birthday”, and everyone will be amazed.
To finish this cake off, I will finish it off for you today. So what we’re going to
do is… taking your… Actually, I might use the orange ganache first. I always prefer
to have more of the red than the orange. I think that lava is typically more red than
orange. So I’m just going to take it and out over
the side. Nice big globs of lava going out over the side, all the way around.
Now taking your red… And this is… It really does start to get messy. Like I said, I like
to have a little bit more of the red. So taking your red, over, sort of in those gaps. And
don’t be afraid to kind of go over and then over a bit again so you get that really nice
dribbly effect. I will also mention with this, you don’t want your ganache to come all the
way up to the top of that crater. You want it to be just below when it’s all finished.
And if you can, you really, you want it to be sort of pulling it at the bottom of the
volcano there. It just adds a really nice effect to it.
So if you’re finding that your ganache anywhere is not going all the way down, you need a
few more kind of bits of it around the bottom. Just do a nice, big, thick, blob on top and
it will just naturally kind of ooze down that way.
Now take your toothpick again and give it a little stir. And then you just want to just
push some out over the top. So it kind of almost have to spoonful of… It would have
been a little bit better here. Just push it out over the top and just give it a really
nice, big, marbled glob over the front there. Stir it around. Make sure that you’ve got
that marbled effect happening. So I think I need just a touch more orange in there.
Put a little blob of orange on top. And give it a little swirl.
Alright, so to stick down our dinosaurs, I’m going to use that ganache as just a glue.
You can also use melted chocolate depending on how far you want to transport that. But
this ganache is going to set quite nicely anyway.
So I’m going to take my trees first. And I’m just going to put a little bit of any colored
ganache on them. It doesn’t really matter. And I’m just going to place them around my
volcano. So at this stage, if you have perhaps spilled any little bits of crumb or you got
any mess on your board, this is a great great way to cover it up. Add in a few trees and
add in a few dinosaurs in anywhere that’s not perfect, suddenly becomes perfect.
With your dinosaurs, just put a tiny little bit of ganache on each of their feet. You
really don’t need much and they’re going to come off the board really easily if you use
ganache. You’ll just be able to pick them up for you. If you use chocolate, they will
kind of require a little bit of prompting to get them off of the board. Stegosaurus.
Alright, so I’m happy that’s all looking pretty dinosaur-y.
Now, it’s time for our finale. I’ve got here my dried ice. So I’m going to take that dried
ice and I’m going to submerge it into that nice melted lava, just push it down. So you
want to push it down. And then you can see why here I decided not to do this, like at
the very very beginning when the cake first goes out because you can actually tell if
there’s a bit of shot glass in the middle with dried ice in it. So it’s not ideal for
the whole day but certainly for the main event. So I’ve got some hot water, just tap hot water,
and I’ve also got my little medicine dropper. And you just want to take 4 or 5, just depending
on the size of your medicine dropper, 4 or 5 to that warm water and pop it in there.
And there goes your smoking volcano. So there you’ve got your fantastic smoking
volcano. I hope that you’ve enjoyed watching this tutorial as much as I’ve enjoyed making
it for you today. And make sure that you head on over to our channel for lots more great
dinosaur tutorials. Thanks very much for watching.