AOk so I am making a cake for my friend, it's for her daughters first birthday. She wants me to make the smash cake as a giant cupcake. I have the Wilton pan but the only problem I'm having is the outer edge of course is turning brown and when it came out after cooling it looked gross. The bottom I. Was hoping I wouldn't have to trim it because it's so ridged. I haven't asked her if she wants fondant on it or not but I prefer not to wrap the bottom in fondant because it is for a smash cake plus I already told her a price without the cost of extra fondant (I am making a fondant bow and Minnie mouse ears) so what's my only other option? Just to ice it? Which would suck because it's not a smooth surface it would prob be so hard to ice smooth. Here's a picture of the cake she wants [IMG ALT=""]http://www.cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3273098/width/350/height/700[/IMG]
so your friend wants a cake like the one in the pic, but you were planning to leave the bottom un-ice, but the bare cake doesn't look pretty, Is that what you're saying?
you do have a few options
1. you can do, what i think, was done in the pic, which is to create a candy shell of the base and put your cake inside.
2. you can use a flat frosting tip or a basket weave and do vertical stripes around the base, giving the appearance of a cupcake liner.
here's one with a leaf tip
3. you could pour a thin layer of ganache or glaze over the bottom.
4. you could use parchment paper folded to look like a cupcake liner and wrap it around the base.
OR you could just frost it and make it look like a cupcake, which is what I would do, and why I never buy shaped pans, anyway.
Easiest, most hassle free thing to to do is make a candy-melt shell. Just melt the candy melts and put them melted mixture in the bottom of the pan and spread it on the sides. Then, put it in the fridge to harden and it will come right out. Frosting would be tedious to me..
AFrost it with buttercream upside down first, easier that way, then turn it rightside up and place in a decorated cake board. Use a small spatula to follow the cake's ridges. Then pipe rosettes on top :) good luck! Smash cakes usually aren't perfectly iced, the whimsical/homemade/messy look makes it more adorable (IMHO).
I have never tried making a candy/chocolate shell. Will try that one day. But that would also cost extra.