Introduction: Micro Cupcakes

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Edible cupcakes! :)  10-Calorie Cupcakes?  Haha.

These are my Micro Cupcakes AKA Thimble Cupcakes!  I really love making these, even though they take lots of time and consideration for detail and there is *little* room for error.  :]  (I've made them a few times, for a birthday, for family, for a graduation and my husband is taking a "dozen" into work today.  Hahah!

I set out to find the most true-to-shape way to make the smallest cupcakes possible, and, without making my own sheet metal pans with micro-mini divots and the ability to make AIR-Bubble-LESS cake mix...well, this is the way.  With thimbles!

Thimble safety - Mine are nickel-plated and this is what I found online - I did some research on nickel plating and saw that they do this for oven racks and people cook on those. Further research said that nickel plating would only be broken up by constant exposure to acidic properties. So I figured that as long as there is no acidic properties in the cupcakes, all is well. :)  My advice, is to check that the plating exists in the insides of the thimbles when you open them, not just on the outside.  Look for the shiny silver.  This is based on information from spending time on google and searching before I baked in them.

Step 1: What You Need!

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Cake mix, or your own batter recipe.
Thimbles (more will save you time!) - I got mine 3x- $1 at the dollar store!! Hale-yeah.
A Pan to Pam and put the thimbles in.
Squeeze bottles from the dollar store or Michael's for condiments.
An eye for detail, and PATIENCE.  :D

Step 2: Prepare.

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Make your cake mix, clean your condiment bottles, load them up with some cake mix and lay them on their sides or tip down to get the batter ready to squeeze out.  Just be careful when you open to fill thimbles, may blob out.

Clean your thimbles and use a paper towel and your finger to dry and smudge-clean the insides, let dry.  Pam the cupcake pan, set 3 thimbles into the pam'd cupcake pan, spaced out.  Pam the thimbles.  Squeeze batter into each one, a TINY bit less than half way full.

Preheat oven to 325.

Step 3: Baking the Babies!

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Transfer to oven without letting the thimbles touch.

Put them in your preheated oven at 325 degrees for FOUR minutes.

Check to see that they puffed up and soon after that, do the toothpick test and make sure it comes out clean. Well...shake the toothpick until the cupcake falls off. Hahahah. Then pull them out, ******Without letting them touch!!******** If they slide into each other, just set pan down and immediately separate because they will stick together. Leave on a rack to cool.

To remove the cupcakes, wait until they've cooled completely and slide a toothpick down the side of the thimble to dislodge the cupcake from 1, 2, or 4 sides.  Depends on how easily it will pop out.  Careful when you pull it out.  You want to make sure the TOP doesn't rip off and that you get the long bottom of the cupcake out of the thimble.  You can cut the bottoms off later, to make them more proportioned.

You will notice holes in some of them, these are where the air bubbles were.  That's just showing you how close you are to NOT having a cupcake, because we are taking it MACRO.  ;)

Step 4: Decorating!

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I used a tiny knife to ice my first cupcake and thought...nah, I'd rather pipe the icing on because it looks more awesome, and it does.  But it's up to you.

Make sure to stick to small-scale sprinkles so that everything looks proportioned correctly.  For cherries, I just used CakeMate cookie writers?  The little hardening icing gel tubes.  I airbrushed the sweet little blue star ones.  (My mom used to airbrush cakes when I was a kid - 20 years ago - so I remembered to ask her to borrow it.  And I love it!!)  *Note* If you want to get your own airbrush, I saw one at Michael's, if you save a hefty coupon, you may get it for a good price.

For the red and yellow ones, I used the cakemate writer things again, and pressed decorations into them before they hardened.  If you want the sprinkles to lightly lay on top, just drop them as SOON as you ice them.  If you want to press them in, for another cool look, (the birthday image in the video), you just wait for a couple minutes for the icing to harden a little, then press them into the icing.  The little blue ones that are smooth, they are my Sharks, lol.  I used the cakemate stuff, blue dot sprinkles and Halloween ghost sprinkles turned upside-down to get the shark fin.

By the way - those golden mini sprinkle stars are my favorite things ever!!  The red glitter is my mom's, freakin' $8 for a tiny little container of it!  The tiny ball multi-sprinkles were from the dollar store, and a lot of the cake mixes, too.

Step 5: Presentation!

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If you want to give them in a box, like you see in my video and photos, you can find them at a cake shop.  If you want them to stay standing up, I suggest "piping gel", my cousin took a cake class and told me that stuff is like glue.  So you can make dots at the bottom of the box and stick them on there.

I cut a paper doily to fit the box and it was perfect.  If you decorate enough in the same way, they will make a cute set, or gift.  I got a smaller box, and gave it to my cousin for his graduation.  For the ease of carrying these, and for setting them down to dry, my husband bought a mini ice cube tray.

(Funny thing is...he was planning on making "bacon pops" somehow with this ice cube tray and when he brought it home, I just laughed at him.  I thought it was the most ridiculous idea ever!  But it ended up being the perfect thing-ever, for this project.  :D  Funny stuff!  He got it at Albertsons.  Interesting!)  Here is a random link online.

My advice for perfect presentation, would be a viewer cake box, mini, at a cake shop, with these cuties glued down at the bottom with the piping gel (just use a toothpick), and tie with a ribbon.  They would look adorable and unreal.


bagnitsch (author)2015-08-12

<3 so cute! <3 especially look nice with multiple colors and flavors boxed together.

Newell_Jalynn (author)2014-01-05

is that eatible glitter

thehbird (author)Newell_Jalynn2014-03-23

they do make edible glitter

popbubblewrap (author)2014-02-20

These are super cute. Baked by Melissa makes tiny cupcakes too!

thehbird (author)2014-01-26

How did you get them out of the thimble

thehbird (author)2014-01-26

That's a lot if thimbles

HeavenBlueRose (author)2012-10-08

Aww there so cute! I think this is what me and my mom mite make for the holidays ^-^

kristylynn84 (author)2011-06-19

this used to be rated a 5, and i guess a tornado of haters rolled in. lol.

i read that and was like "what?!" so i rated it a 5!!!!

AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-05-03

omg so cute tiny cupcakes :D

AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-05-03

omg so cute tiny cupcakes :D

TSC (author)2012-04-11

They look yummy!!!

hudoo (author)2011-12-15

wow .. ur sooo talented and amazing idea !!
but i was wondering do u grease them first or u just add the cake mix ?
how do u remove them from there i feel like they'll be stuck and tear ..
i really luuuuuuuuuved them & for sure they will be on my must do list !

Jaysinkpen (author)2011-10-24

This was a lot of fun!
I had to up the temperature 350. It was taking 10 minutes instead of 4. And since I had 5 thimbles, I had to change it so I could save on time.
Other than that I loved it. Thanks for this fantastic Idea!

kristylynn84 (author)Jaysinkpen2011-11-16

so cute!! :D love the decor! :D

s_jarmin (author)2011-10-22

Interestingly enough one of my Bootcamp Sydney clients runs a successful foodie blog although she considers herself a food stylist/photographer

mcorbin (author)2011-06-05

They're fantastic! I especially love the beautifully colored cupcakes.

You must have extraordinary patience.

Maybe you could make about a thousand of them and make a photo mosaic. : )
A self-portrait in cupcakes.

insuranceman1 (author)mcorbin2011-10-21

These are totally wild cupcakes. I really like the eerie electric blue batter. Thanks for sharing.

kristylynn84 (author)mcorbin2011-06-06

I am not much of a baker, and more of a crafter, so I guess that was the part that kept me captivated! :D <3

Aegian2424 (author)2011-06-28

could I make moulds from kitchen aluminum foil?
I have a hard time finding cheap thimble.the only ones I could find had the tops cut off....

M4industries (author)2011-06-05

It's times like this when I wish I was a Pro, so I could write in small text "Om nom nom"

bhylak (author)M4industries2011-06-05

just buy it.

M4industries (author)bhylak2011-06-05

om nom nom

bhylak (author)M4industries2011-06-06

see, that was easy.

kristylynn84 (author)bhylak2011-06-27

thanks guys! now my husband won't stop saying this LOL. you sparked a new phrase. :P

bhylak (author)M4industries2011-06-05


Om nom nom

suayres (author)2011-06-08

Oh, yeah, you could! Amazon has a 30-cup silicone candy pan for $12.99! Check it out!

The nerdling (author)suayres2011-06-12

don't like silicone baking stuff because it would deteriorate so you would be eating the silicon

kristylynn84 (author)suayres2011-06-08

Here it is! :)

I wonder what the dimensions are on those?! They look like they would be bigger, maybe 2x the size of the thimbles, but they would still be an easy way to get some tiny cupcakes! Good eye! :D Now...we just need to get the mold and find out. I guess I should, huh? LOL. So I can give comparison photos.

Who votes that I get it? :P

suayres (author)kristylynn842011-06-09

Well, I sure do! Go for it--I think, from what they're describing, you have the right idea on the dimensions. And in fact, the proportions are such that the resulting cupcakes will be be of similar proportions to regular, full-size cupcakes--which will make them even more mind-blowingly realistic. Though I have to say, I think your primary take on micro-cupcakes was brilliantly conceived.

cdawisconsin (author)2011-06-12

I am so in love with this idea. Added to favorites. Thanks =)

Acorn9881 (author)2011-06-06

Is there any way to make these with some thing other than thimbles? I've looked every where, and online, for cheap nickel plated thimbles but they all cost 2 or 3 dollars a piece and I don't want to spend that much . . . . These are seriously adorable and I have been obsessing over them!!

suayres (author)Acorn98812011-06-08

See my comments above, about silicone candy molds.

kristylynn84 (author)Acorn98812011-06-06

if you have a dollar store, check there! :D

Acorn9881 (author)kristylynn842011-06-07

I checked three dollar stores, g-street fabrics, and micheals and the only ones I could find cost 3 dollars a pop. :( As much as I want to make these adorable things, and I bought everything else and then couldn't find thimbles, I can't afford to buy a ton of thimbles at the cost of three dollars each. :(
Some day when I have more $ I will do this!!

kristylynn84 (author)Acorn98812011-06-07

here is a little secret - check amazon. :) i almost got them there. even ebay was too expensive!

suayres (author)2011-06-08

You know what else you could use? Go to a cake decorating store, and look at silicone candy molds. They have to be silicone, so you can bake in them, but the molds come in a bewildering array of shapes & sizes--and silicone is pretty non-stick, as a bonus. There would also be a lot less of the fiddling you have to do with the thimbles.

suayres (author)2011-06-06

Have you ever read "The Borrowers", by Mary Norton? If you haven't, you won't know who Arriety is, but she would LOVE your cupcakes--and your cupcake tins! And, btw, if you haven't read it (and the sequels), please look for them in your public library--they're great books.

kristylynn84 (author)suayres2011-06-06

no, i haven't! haha :D that's cool, thank you!

suayres (author)kristylynn842011-06-08

The "Borrowers" were tiny people (5-6 inches tall) who lived behind walls, under floors, or wherever they could find acceptable places to live. They "borrowed" from the regular-sized humans whose homes they lived in. Such things as a sewing needle or a bottle cap were examples of the sorts of things they used, yes, and--ta-da,--thimbles! Which they used as drinking vessels. They're really fun books with really fun characters.

milkyway312 (author)2011-06-07

These are sooooooooooo cool. Awesome job.

kaitlyn. (author)2011-06-07

what sort of thymbles, just plain metal ones?

dyanii (author)2011-06-06

I think I'd try using brownie mix instead to decrease bubbles that make them misshapen because they're so tiny.

sillyzombie666 (author)2011-06-04

i actually really love this idea, this would be great to give out for samples for events or something

That is a great idea for someone trying to promote their cupcakes!

Would you rather get a piece broken off or your own awesome micro cupcake? And they'd certainly draw attention

ya because if your trying to impress a bakery the fact you can work that small and in numbers speaks to them more than just the taste. hell i wish i could do something like that with the ginger snaps im baking right now i've got about 8 dozen done now another 4

think i can be hired out, freelance mini-cupcaker? haha :)

davidsona (author)2011-06-05

Wow! I could totally see doing this for my dd next bday. She is getting into fairies. Make ahead of time, put on bamboo skewers, have girls decorate and leave out for fairies, and *presto* fairy gift bags delivered as thanks for cakes! I think I found a theme for the sleepover. Thanks! (granted it won't happen for about a year but I will post pics!)

kristylynn84 (author)davidsona2011-06-06

that sounds so cute! if i were you, i would get little tinkerbell stickers and put them on paper, then put a toothpick between the layers and make then stand on the cupcakes. :D just cut the toothpicks to length!

piggleliggle (author)2011-06-05

These are so awesome! I'd love to make them, but I only have one thimble D': Must go off and buy a whole stack!

It'd be cool if you could stick them together with the piping gel in the shape of a normal sized cupcake =D

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