Fun Tea Party Recipes
3-D Teapot Cake
Assembling this little teapot cake requires a bit of patience and time for the frosting to cement the pieces together before moving to the next steps. Various baking cookware specialists offer a 3-D sphere cake pan. This is a two-part aluminum pan that includes two stabilizing rings in which each half sits while baking. The addition of a lid, spout, handle and base transform it into your special teapot.
What you need:
- Ingredients to prepare your favorite cake mix
- A batch of your favorite frosting
- Butter or margarine and a bit of flour for dusting the pan
- A sphere baking pan set with stabilizing rings
- 3 bamboo skewers
- 4 wooden toothpicks
- A large, thick and well-cooled sugar cookie (better if it’s 1-2 days old and less crumbly)
- Pointy-ended sugar cone ice cream cone
- Cardboard cut in the spout pattern and decorated.
- Gum ball for the knob on the top of the lid
- Long tube – about 9″ – of red or other colored licorice for the handle
- Long licorice string to define the teapot lid
- Candies or sprinkles to decorate
Baking your cake:
Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit or the recommended temperature for your recipe. Prepare the pans. Prepare the batter for your cake. Fill the pans just over half full and in equal amounts. (Commercial cake mixes usually fill both pans adequately.) While your cakes are baking, prepare your frosting, spout, handle and lid. Loosen the cakes from the pans. If there is overrun on the two sphere halves, then trim the cakes level with the brim with the serrated bread knife. Remove the cakes and cool completely. While the cakes are cooling, prepare your frosting recipe.
Creating your foundation:
Use a dollop of frosting to anchor the sugar cookie to the serving plate. Press firmly and set it in a cool place to harden until you’re ready to assemble your teapot cake.
Handle, Spout and Lid:
There are many creative ways to create spouts and handles. The options suggested here are a pointed sugar cone ice cream cone for a spout and a thick licorice stick for a handle.
To form the spout, score the part of the cone that you want to break away with a small, serrated knife. This makes it easier to break away the brittle cone into your desired size and shape. The handle is the final piece. Push two toothpicks into each end of the licorice vine. It will form a “C”, when you stick the two ends into the finished cake.
Assembling your teapot cake:
When the cake halves are completely cool, “de-crumb” the surface and coat with a thin layer of frosting to seal the surface. Let set 10-15 minutes.
Bottom layer: Shave a thin slice off the rounded dome top of the layer you’ll use as the bottom layer to create a flat side so the cake will be stable. Add a dollop of frosting to the top of the cookie and seat the cut surface of the bottom half of the cake on top of the cookie. Stand the 2 bamboo skewers through the bottom half, poking into the cookie base. Allow this next step to set up about 15-20 minutes.
Top layer: Slice off a section of the rounded dome of the top layer to use as a lid and set it aside.
Remove the skewers long enough to frost the flat center surface. Place the top half of the cake on the bottom to complete the sphere. Secure with the 2 skewers – pushing the points into the cookie. Let it set another 15-20 minutes until firm.
Frost the sphere and let it set about 15 minutes. When the frosting on the cake has hardened, cut out a small, half-circle divot where the spout will be inserted.
Frost the spout – adding extra into the place it will be inserted in the cake. Secure it with the third skewer through the spout, pushed into the cake until the frosting has hardened.
Add the handle, poking the toothpicks into the cake so that about 1/4″ of the ends of the licorice are buried under the frosting.
Remove the skewers and add a layer of frosting to the top of the cake to give the lid a little lift. Then settle the lid gently in place
Decorate with frosting or candies.
K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) Method: Use our pattern for the Chinese Lantern Teapot Lamp to add lid, spout and handle.