Big Top Cupcake - "Does it Work?"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The Big Top Cupcake bake ware may very well make your regular cupcakes jealous.  The three piece silicone bake ware set claims to mold any cake batter into a ginormous cupcake.  I decide to turn build a Christmas tree using the Big Top, to supersize a normal holiday treat!

The first step is a quick bath with some soap and water allowing the pieces to fully dry before use.  With a dry mold, I place the pieces on a cookie sheet as suggested for stability.

The molds call for one box of standard cake mix, but I have two boxes to ensure I have enough batter for both molds.  I later use the leftover mix in some regular cupcake molds.  I set the oven to 350° and mix the cake batter.  Before pouring, I give a quick coating of cooking spray to the inside surfaces.  I pour batter to the suggested fill line in the base and secure the filling cap.  I pour additional batter into the top mold.  These molds did only utilize about one box worth of batter.

I place the molds into the oven and 35-minutes later, I check to find more time is needed to bake.  Although instructions claim the top cooks quicker, I find both molds take the same time, totaling 50-minutes.  After twenty minutes cooling in the mold, I flip and release both cakes with only a minor loss to the top due to sticking.

Both cakes cook fully and evenly in the molds.  Just for fun, they measure 25 times the weight of a regular cupcake!  I allow the cakes to cool fully overnight, before I add my egg nog filling into the bottom cake.  I assemble the cake and begin my feeble attempt to decorate it like a tree.

In the end though, it all comes down to taste.  My taste buds enjoy a moist cake with a sweet holiday filling!  So, the Big Top cupcake sugars up to a YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test.

Online, the big top cupcake sells for a price of $14.99.

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