Hello and welcome to Cupcake Addiction’s Smurf
House Giant Cupcake Tutorial where I’ll be showing you how to make this really great,
little Smurf’s house using your giant cupcake mold.
For those of you that follow my channel, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of using the giant
cupcake mold for a whole range of things that aren’t necessarily just giant cupcakes. And
this great Smurf’s house is just one of them. Tools and equipment that we will be using
today: I’m cheating just a little bit on the Smurf
figurines. We could spend hours and hours making these out of fondant but there’s a
good chance they still wouldn’t look as Smurfy as we would like them to. So I’ve got 4 little
Smurfy figurines, including, of course, little chef to go on our finished cake, and today
we’re just concentrating on making the actual Smurf’s house.
I’ve got a pre-iced cake board. I will leave sizing and dimension of that in the description
box below. I’ve just covered that in a green fondant over here. And I’ve got it position
on a cake decorating turntable. We also have a great tutorial for how to ice a cake board
so I will leave a link to that in the description box below.
This is purely optional but this is just a little…It’s actually a giraffe print embossing
mat but I’m going to be using it for a bit of a cobble stone effect on a couple of our
little pieces in the house today. But purely optional and just for little bit of extra
detailing. I’ve got some of our perfectly pipeable buttercream
frosting and I’ve tinted that Smurf-blue today. I will leave a link to our recipe for that
frosting in the description box below. I’ve got our prebaked giant cupcakes. So I’ve
used giant cupcake basics, I think, 1 and 2. I will leave a link in the description
box below for those. And that basically shows you how to get your cupcake baked, extracted
and ready to carve and stack and decorate. I’ve got a little bit of cornflour — you
can also use icing sugar — in a shaker. I’ve got a pizza cutter.
I’ve got a serrated edge knife or a bread knife.
I’ve got a… It’s a little cake spatula, an offset spatula But you can also use a regular
knife. Quite a sharp paring knife.
A butter knife. I’ve got a fondant roller or a regular rolling
pin will do. I’ve got a paintbrush.
A square cutter. I’ve got 4 different colors fondant. So I’ve
got white. I’ve got red, that’s the main color for our Smurf’s house. And then for the detailing,
I’ve got some chocolate brown. And I’ve just mixed a tiny bit of that with some white to
give us more of a caramel-y brown. I’ve got some water.
I’ve got some melted white chocolate. And just a few toothpicks.
So let’s get started. There’s going to be quite a lot to this tutorial. It’s a little
bit bigger than just our regular cupcakes. Now the first thing that we want to do is
we want to carve up this giant cupcake. Normally when I do a giant cupcake tutorial, I come
to you already carved and ready to go but this one is a little bit different.
The bottom half of mine is a red velvet mud cake and the top half is a chocolate cake.
What we’re going to do first… We want to cut that away because we really want the bottom
of our Smurf house to not have that, I guess, that gradient that the giant cupcake has.
So we want it to almost be more straight up and down.
Alright, so the next thing that we want to do is just cut off… I always cut off the
top and bottom because you will always have sort of brown or darker edges on the tops
and bottoms of your cupcake. So just trim away any crispy or dark edges.
Alright, we want to give that a bit of a flat, I guess, a flat resting spot or a flat base.
So I’m just going to cut it off. It doesn’t have to be perfectly flat because we’re actually
going to fold that fondant underneath a little bit. We don’t mind if it’s got a little bit
of a, I guess, a little bit of a lip underneath there that it’s sort of sitting on.
But I do want to just take my knife and I want to make it as circular as possible so
I’m just going to cut around, cut away any of those, I guess, sharp edges and just make
it as circular as possible. Alright, so I’m happy with that. It doesn’t
have to be absolutely perfect. It is the bottom of a mushroom after all. But we do want it
to be just not a cupcake shape. We’re really turning this into a bit more of a cake. We’re
just using the giant cupcake mold. But we’ll pop that over there, all carved and ready
to frost. Now taking the top of your giant cupcake,
I’m going to trim off the bottom here. We might actually also just slightly take the
ridges away from that giant cupcake. Now the other thing that you want to do here is just
take off this top. So just trim over so that it’s not so pointed at the top and it’s a
little bit more rounded. Alright, so I’ve tidied up my mess a little
bit. Now we’re just going to separate our 2 parts again, actually our 3 parts. I’m going
to take that offset spatula and this nice blue frosting. And I thought the blue with
the red velvet will be a really nice contrast, not too much in here because I know I’m going
to cover it with fondant. And then I’m just going to do a really quick and, I guess, just
a really quick, good, crumb coat around the outsides, around the edges. I’m not going
to worry too much about the bottom or the underside, just around the edges. That’s just
going to give the fondant something to stick to, and make it all nice and neat, keep all
those crumbs in place. So not too much frosting here, just nice and light as you go around.
So you’ll notice as I crumb coat that I’m actually going back and forth with the spatula,
working the, almost working the frosting into the cake rather than just smearing it on — back
and forward, back and forward, and working it into… picking up any crumbs and working
it into the sides of that cake. Pop a little bit on top. So just make sure that you’re
working on a relatively clear space here. And I’m just going top pop down a little bit
of cornflour. Pick up that white fondant, a quick knead
just to soften it up and make it nice and pliable and nice and workable. Because I know
I sort of want a longer shape, I’m going to roll it into a bit of a fat sausage first.
Stick it on the bench and push it down. It’s quite humid here today so my fondant is quite
sticky so I’m just going to put a little bit more cornflour on top of it and a little bit
more underneath. Swipe it around to give it a really nice coating on the back and we’re
just going to roll it out. Alright, so I’ve rolled out my nice piece
of fondant. Take that pizza cutter. And you just want to cut across a nice straight line
all the way across the bottom. And then we’re going to take this rolling pin and I’m just
going to roll the fondant over it. Make sure that the bottom of your rolling pin is along
that nice, flat edge at the bottom of your fondant.
I’ve got a couple of just little sticky bits here as I come across so I’m just going to
put a little bit of cornflour if you feel any sticky bits on the back of your fondant.
Little bit more cornflour. And that will just stop it from sticking as I go and unravel
it. Pick our piece up. And now I’m just going to sit it on the table. Attach that piece
of fondant. And I’m just going to turn my rolling pin around. Beautiful.
Alright, so once you’ve got it on like that. It’s looking rather messy. So just take your
hands and just come around and just smooth it down, making sure out any air bubbles as
you go. Alright, so at the top here, you can just fold this fondant in. I’m starting to
regret my choice of blue frosting here. With the back, take that sharp knife. What I’m
going to is I’m just going to overlap the two, I guess, the two longish type [paths].
And I’m going to create a little seam at the back here. Just tucking that one over. Push
that all on the top. I’m going to take my sharp knife and I’m just going to cut off
any of this excess sagginess. I’m just doing a final smooth off. Now as
you’re smoothing it off just tuck in underneath. So just pushing the edges, just pushing the
edges in there underneath, trapping all of that frosting. And then take your pizza cutter
and just trim around the bottom. If you want to shift your cake around at any stage, just
take that long knife, slide it underneath and lift the whole thing up, and move it around.
Alright, so we’ve tidied up a little bit. I’ve popped our little mushroom base off to
the side. So now you want to take your red fondant. And always do the white fondant first
because it is quite quite easy to stain white fondant, especially after working with red
fondant. So when possible, just use your white and your lighter colors before you use your
bright and darker colors. Once again, just a little knead. Roll it into
a ball. This is going to get rolled out into a big circle.
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Alright, so I’ve got my piece of red all rolled out. Now what I’m going to do here is I’m
just going to pick it up and just slide it slightly off to the side.
I’m going to take that blue frosting again and my spatula and I’m just going to put just
a nice, light coating of blue on the top as neat as possible. Perfect.
Alright, now you want to take this piece of red fondant and just lay it over the top.
So I find just picking it up to your palm and centering it over the top and letting
it fall down. So I’m just going to just pull this down, smoothing out any little air packets
or ridges as I go down. Alright, now from here, I’m just going to
take my pizza cutter. And I’m just going to cut just a little way outside the edge, so
all the way around. Now, you want to take your long knife, just slide it underneath,
and just grabbing that cake in the very very middle, and I’m just going to tuck that fondant
under. Just tucking it under to neaten off our, top of our mushroom. And once we attach
that to the bottom of the cake, it will all hold itself together.
So bringing back in the bottom of the cake now, make sure that you always know where
the seam of your cake is. Now take a little bit of that water, and not too much here.
You just want to dampen the top of that fondant. Water with fondant acts like a bit of a glue.
But too much of it will actually eat into the fondant and it becomes your worst enemy.
So water can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
Now lift up your mushroom lid, making sure to keep those bottom edges tuck under nicely.
Just sit it on top. From here, I like to just sort of pinch out the edges a little bit just
to make sure that I’ve got a nice, little overhang around the top of my mushroom. And
then just take your hand, round it over the top, and smooth it all down.
So we can attach that now to our cake board and then we’re going to do a little bit of
a tidy up because I’m running out of space, and come back and get to the finer details.
So to attach that to the board, once again, just a little bit of water, not too much.
You can also use a bit of a ganache or a bit of a chocolate here, just a little spot of
water. And use your knife, slide underneath. And I’m going to support with a clean hand
at the front there, lifting and positioning. I’m going to slide my knife carefully out
behind here. So I’m just going to support with one hand and just slide that knife out.
Beautiful. Alright, let’s have a little tidy up and we’ll come back and decorate our Smurf
house. Alright, so we’re starting to shape our little
Smurf house. Time for a little bit more of that white fondant and we’re just going to
make the big kind of spots or [splurges] that go on top of the house here. So a little bit
of more cornflour down and we’re going to roll in our last piece of white.
Alright, so I’ve rolled that out and as you can see this really quite nice and thin. So
I’m going to take my pizza cutter again. You can just use a knife but I love pizza cutters.
And I’m just going to make like, just a big blobby type shape. No exact shape here. They’re
all going to be different. Now I’m going to just apply a little bit of water on the back
here. I like this first one to be quite kind of large and long. That’s going to be our
main spot on the front. And I’m just going to lay that over the top. Now as I lay there,
I can pretty say it’s just a touch long so I’m just going to take my knife and I’m just
going to cut off just around here. At the back here, as I mentioned, if you’ve got any
little jagged edges, just smooth them off with your finger.
Now you just want to cut just another couple of little circles or little sort of spotty
types shapes. You can use circle cutters for this. That’s a nice little mushroomy type
shape. You can see there, I’m just neatening off the edges. And stick that on, little bit
of water. And on the other side. Now I’m pretty happy with that. You can have
as many or as few little spots as you like. You can see there our little Smurf house is
really starting to come along. So we can get rid of that white fondant. And it’s time to
start doing some of those little details. With the little details, I’m going to do firstly
the front door and some little windows. Alright, so rolling out that chocolate brown.
And I’m going to take my pizza cutter again. I’m going to cut straight up and straight
up on this side. Maybe a little bit thick for a door so I might just go a little thinner.
Lovely. Now you just want to come across the top so
you’ve got a nice arch on your door. And we’ll cut it a bit long and we’ll just stick it
up and see roughly how big we want that door to be. That is about spot on. I’m pretty happy
with that. So you want to add little bit of texture to
your door, you can if you like. But I’m just going to give it kind of like a bit of a wood
[grain]. I’m going to use the back of the knife. Just go up it. And I’m going to use
the front, very very lightly in between. So the front and the back actually gives you
slightly different textures and slightly different sizes. When you use the front, never go too
hard or too deep because you don’t’ want to cut through it. We’re just giving it a very
very fine amount of texture there. So there you’ve got your front door with a little bit
of texture. Turn it over, little bit of water on the back. Lovely. And we’re going to stick
that. So turn the cake around to face you and pop on your front door.
Now when it comes to details like the front door that do come all the way down to the
bottom of the cake, so that they’re in nice and tight with the cake, you can either take
your pizza wheel or just a knife and just push the very edges under a little bit. Now
it’s time to make a couple of windows. Alright, so for your windows, this is where
our little square comes in. so I’m going to make 2 windows. For each window, you’re going
to want 2 squares — 1, 2. So you want take those squares and you want to cut 2 of them
in half. We’re going to make our little window shutters. And we’re going to give those the
same sort of texture as we gave the front door. So just a little back of the knife and
a little bit of the front. Alright, so for your little windows, we’re
just going to cut out, using your really sharp knife, we’re just going to cut an inner square
or you can alternately use a smaller square cutter. Alright there’s your 2 little windows.
Now you can either use these pieces here. Otherwise, you can just cut some nice little
strips out of your center pieces — 2 for each window. Lovely.
Now I like to position the windows on first. So turning the cake a little bit and taking
a little bit of that water, just a tiny tiny little bit of water, I’m just going to put
on each corner because I don’t want that to be too much, maybe along my top, along as
well. And just position it off the side of the house. And then you can take your little
inner pieces, little bit of water. So you need to stick 1 piece in whole the window
and the other piece… You’re cutting half and you’ll also cut a little nick out of it.
So cut it in half and cut a little chunk out of it just to allow for that extra room for
the one that we’ve just added. So you’ve got your little window taking shape there. And
then we’re just going to add the little window shutter. So if you like with your little window
shutters, you can attach them. Nice little bit of water down the side and attach them
to the side of that window just on one half and you can leave the other sort of side flopping
open a little bit, nice and welcoming on your little Smurf house. We’ll repeat that again
on the other side. Alright, so there’s our little door and windows.
Now we might roll out a little bit more, some of our caramel-y type color. Now with the
caramel, I’m going to make a little cobble stone path and I’m also going to make some
nice, little stones that go up and around the top. So I’m just going to roll that out,
not as thin as I’ve rolled these other pieces. And then I’m going to take my impression mat
and I’m just going to roll my impression mat right over the top. You can either roll the
fondant unto the impression mat or the impression mat unto the fondant. It really does not matter.
And then we’ll peel that away. And you should have a bit of a cobble stones effect. You’ll
never know that was from a giraffe. You might looking at it. But we’ll say you’ll never
know that was from a giraffe. So we’re just going to cut down about the
same width as our door, a nice little path. Perfect. Alright, so I’m just going to cut
in just a little bit of a rounded indent there so that we can put it flash up against the
house. Tiny bit of water on the back. And then you want to push it up against that door.
And then we’re going to use the knife and just cut off that excess. Now I’m also just
going to round that off with my finger just to blend it with the edges of our board a
little bit there. Taking that excess, you just want to roll a few little, kind of, just
different shape and [meat] shape and balls. You don’t want them to be perfectly round.
You want them to be sort of look a little bit like this. They’re supposed to look like
kind of little stones or little rocks. So you’re going to roll a bunch of those in all
different sizes and stick them around the outside of that door. Little bit of water
on the back of each one. You can also use caramels for this. Alright, so you’ve got
your little door all lined there. And as you can see, she’s really really starting to look
like a Smurf house now. Now I’m going to take some of this brown fondant.
I’m going to make a chimney. So just roll a bit of a ball and then roll it into a sausage.
You can also use a tootsie roll for this if you wanted to. And I’m going to stick that
on to the back of my little house using some melted chocolate. But we’ll let that sit there
for a few minutes just to set. And I’m going to roll about 6 or 8 just little pieces, sort
of little sausages. And these are going to just be little joiners, it kind of join the
roof to the bottom of the house just to give it some detail. So we’re going to stick those
at little random intervals, 4 or 5, 5 or 6. We’ll just see how many we need, so a little
bit of water there and there. And you want to attach it to the house and then attach
it to the roof, so not too much water. We don’t want them falling off. Alright, so we
ended up 5 in total going right around the outside of our little house there. And we’re
just going to roll a few more rocks in the darker brown to get on the outside of that
garden path. And we can add our chimney and get Smurfing.
Alright, so we’ve got our melted chocolate and I’m going to use the chocolate to attach
our little chimney just so it’s going to be a little bit sturdier than using water, so
just a bit chocolate on the back there. And I’m going to stick the chimney. And I’m actually
going to push that down into the fondant and just support it for a second until that chocolate
becomes a little bit tucky. Lovely. And then it’s time to apply our Smurfs. So
for our Smurfs, I’m just going to put a little bit of white chocolate on the bottom of their
feet and that’s just going to stick them in place. But they’re still going to be really
easy for the kids to get off the board. So we’ll take Papa Smurf. We might have him standing
right out the front. Beautiful. Now we’ll take others. This is grumpy. Yes, it looks
grumpy. Take Grumpy Smurf. He should be [wimping] to Papa Smurf about something surely. Of course,
the Chef, my favorite Smurf, out him right at the front. He’s just cooked a nice meal.
And over the back here, I’ll put Jokey because he’s probably playing a joke on somebody.
So put him around the back where he’s giggling. He’s done something naughty and we’ll not
know what it is until we open this present box.
So there you’ve got your completed, really cute, little Smurf house cake. Now as an added
extra, if you like, I’ve just got a little green frosting here in a zip lock bag. And
I’ve just cut the tip off it. This is a really great idea if you’ve got any little gaps like
I do here and you just want to add a bit more detail without necessarily getting in anymore
Smurf. So you can just take your frosting and just make like some little bushes. You
can stick some little flowers in there, maybe some little red ones with the off cuts from
your roof. Just pop some little bushes and some little bits of detailing around the bottom
of the house if you’ve got any bits on the board that you might want to cover up, certainly
this is a great way to do that. So there you have your gorgeous little completed
Smurf cake. And once again, you can add as much or as little detail as you like to this
cake. The basic idea there is you can decide which Smurf’s your favorite, which ones you
want to include and which ones you don’t want to pop on there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed watching this tutorial as much as I’ve enjoyed making it for you
today. And as always, thanks very much for watching.