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Are Pull-Apart Cakes Really Cupcakes?

I was walking through Target the other day when I noticed these holiday silicone cake molds. At first I didn't think much about them, after all, shaped cake molds are all the rage these days. However, on second glance, I noticed that they're actually called Pull-Apart Cupcake molds ($14.99). They've got a few different shapes out there — turtle, butterfly, alligator — and have recently come up with a few more additions for the holidays. The wreath and flower basket ideas are a lot of fun, but I think the penguin and snowman might be a little difficult to frost. Either way they'd be fun for a party or a potluck, but are they really cupcakes?

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TootsieR00 TootsieR00 9 years
I'm sorry to say that I disagree with some of you, I have several of these molds and #1, I would consider them the new cupcake, it's not a cake if it's made of pieces, is it? And #2, I have made the turtle and wreath, plus another one (Hershey Kiss) and they only take one tub of frosting to put together. Each one is only one cake mix so it's the same as a regular cake. They are easier to serve because if serving for a child, you don't need a knife and fork, it's easy to pick up like a cupcake. If you ever have the time (they can be time consuming depending on the detail) I would definitely recommend these. And somebody make a comment you can only use them a couple of times, I'm not sure what that is about because I have used them over 10 times each and they are holding strong! Also, they now have a heart, bunny rabbit, train, dinosaur, car, flower basket, and they've always had a turtle! They really are fun! Sorry this is so long!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
true that ;)
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Who cares? They're yummy either way!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Just bought a mold of this last night :)
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Definitely not a cupcake.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
For years I made a dozen cupcakes for my kids' parties and just slathered the frosting over all of them together....this is nothing new here!!!
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
I agree, if it's not in a cup it's not a cupcake!
michichan michichan 9 years
Pfft, I'm no purist. I'l eat them cupcakes or not.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I don't think those really count as cupcakes even though they are very cute!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
I'd say they're baby cakes, or mini cakes. Cupcakes definitely have to be in a cup to qualify!
jferringer jferringer 9 years
who cares, they are cute and tasty :)
Beauty Beauty 9 years
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
These are the new thing, I think they are cute - but I wouldn't want to buy them and then only use is a couple of times.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I'd allow them to be cupcakes, but mamaseacat is right - the frosting has to be way overboard to keep the shape. I got a cupcake cake for my son's birthday and it was a mess!
mbkosel mbkosel 9 years
polrber182 polrber182 9 years
mini cakes! it also reminds me of the IDEA of a pullapart coffee cake, but sweeter?
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I think they are considered mini-cakes or formed cupcakes. Although cute, I think they would be too hard to frost. We went to a children's party a couple of weeks ago and the mom got a butterfly cake made out of frosted cupcakes (from Safeway). It was easy to serve (no knife needed) and the overall shape was very cool, but the frosting was over the top! They needed that much frosting to keep all the cakes together.
catschi catschi 9 years
it's new to me and cute...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've seen these everywhere!
michichan michichan 9 years
I wonder how evenly they cook
steen steen 9 years
I love this! I have to bring something to potlucks for Christmas and this would be perfect!
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
i've never heard of this in my life...
mominator mominator 9 years
I do not think it should be listed as cupcakes but I do love this idea for pull apart cakes.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Mini cakes I believe. Cupcakes are way more cuppy. But I still think it's a very cute idea.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that they could be cupcakes if you think that - but in general - if they aren't in a cupcake 'cup' then they really are just cakes in shapes. cute idea though!
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