I have a fondness for AS SEEN ON TV products. Maybe it's because I used to work for K-tel. So every XMAS, I glom on to one of them and buy them everyone, CUZ kids LUV as seen on tv stuff! This year it was the BIG TOP CUPCAKE!
First you bake the cake. Normal cakes take about a half hour to bake. Towards the end of baking, the cake batter bubbled up and spilled over the top like a volano. Really cool effect for kids.
I thought the lava flow would ensure a fully-baked cake. You can see here that at 45 minutes, it still wasn't cooked completely:
When it's baking, it rises up to into a big cone, which needs to be sawed off to flatten it out.
Here is the aftermath (with plenty of scraps to snack on):
At this point the meltdown and whining started: "This is horrible, it doesn't look like the picture! Mommy you do it...(fuss fuss mess mess)."
So I smoothed it out and topped with with some sprinkles.