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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.

 
 
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Step 1: What you need!

Picture of 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.
Toothpicks.
Pam.
A Pan to Pam and put the thimbles in.
Squeeze bottles from the dollar store or Michael's for condiments.
Icing.
Decorations!!!
An eye for detail, and PATIENCE.  :D
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Newell_Jalynn8 months ago
is that eatible glitter

they do make edible glitter

popbubblewrap7 months ago

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

thehbird7 months ago
How did you get them out of the thimble
thehbird7 months ago
That's a lot if thimbles
Aww there so cute! I think this is what me and my mom mite make for the holidays ^-^
kristylynn84 (author) 3 years ago
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!!!!
omg so cute tiny cupcakes :D
omg so cute tiny cupcakes :D
TSC2 years ago
They look yummy!!!
hudoo2 years ago
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 !
Jaysinkpen2 years ago
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!
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kristylynn84 (author)  Jaysinkpen2 years ago
so cute!! :D love the decor! :D
Interestingly enough one of my Bootcamp Sydney clients runs a successful foodie blog although she considers herself a food stylist/photographer
mcorbin3 years ago
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.

These are totally wild cupcakes. I really like the eerie electric blue batter. Thanks for sharing.
kristylynn84 (author)  mcorbin3 years ago
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
Aegian24243 years ago
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....
It's times like this when I wish I was a Pro, so I could write in small text "Om nom nom"
just buy it.
om nom nom
see, that was easy.
kristylynn84 (author)  bhylak3 years ago
thanks guys! now my husband won't stop saying this LOL. you sparked a new phrase. :P
mwahaha

Om nom nom
suayres3 years ago
Oh, yeah, you could! Amazon has a 30-cup silicone candy pan for $12.99! Check it out!
don't like silicone baking stuff because it would deteriorate so you would be eating the silicon
kristylynn84 (author)  suayres3 years ago
Here it is! :) http://www.amazon.com/Freshware-Silicone-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter/dp/B003UDEKDM/ref=pd_sim_k_2

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
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.
I am so in love with this idea. Added to favorites. Thanks =)
Acorn98813 years ago
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!!
See my comments above, about silicone candy molds.
kristylynn84 (author)  Acorn98813 years ago
if you have a dollar store, check there! :D
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)  Acorn98813 years ago
here is a little secret - check amazon. :) i almost got them there. even ebay was too expensive!
suayres3 years ago
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.
suayres3 years ago
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)  suayres3 years ago
no, i haven't! haha :D that's cool, thank you!
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.
milkyway3123 years ago
These are sooooooooooo cool. Awesome job.
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