Sometimes I go a month or two without baking/decorating a cake and I kind of hate those times because I start to feel out of practice. Then I over-compensate and take on multiple projects. I kind of hate those weekends, too. Friday night and Saturday morning I spent gobs of time (and ingredients) on mini-cakes for a bridal event at work. I started with a mini-cake pan that we sell because I was certain the little cakes would be perfect. They weren't. Not the first time (wrong batter, I decided). Not the second time (should have beaten the pan on the floor to lose the bubbles, maybe?). Not really the third time (though at that point, I was done and sprinkled the best ones with some powdered sugar).
In an effort to use the rest of the batter from my third attempt (and having had it with the cute pan), I made mini-cupcakes in a pan I already had. After I took that batch out, I had a brainstorm--slice off the little cupcake tops, turn them over, and decortate them as little mini-cakes! I quickly whipped up a batch of devils food cake batter and churned out four more dozen mini-cakes.
Saturday morning I had a devil of a time figuring out how to decorate the little things, but J saved the day with a quick trip to Kroger for sprinkles (did I mention he made a trip to Wal-Mart late Friday night for Pam and other non-stick sprays?). Here's the end result: mini-cakes glazed in royal icing, then topped with a bit more royal icing and a spattering of sprinkles. How cute are these??