I need a coffee. There's nothing like a coffee to help perk you up when you feel tired. Actually, I need more than coffee. I need a cake with coffee in it! I am making the Tim Horton's iconic cup, the one I see hundreds of people carrying ever day. Walking down the street, sitting on the subway, nestled safely in the cup holders of their cars. Oh, and a few Timbits. Can’t have a Timmie's coffee without the Timbits, eh?
Here in Canada, the most popular coffee chain is Tim Horton's. Their stores are ALL over the place, speckled throughout every city and town... And at the highway rest stops in between! In fact, you'd probably see a couple cups BEHIND the camera on the How To Cake It (don't forget to subscribe!) set on a regular basis! If you’re in a Canadian city, you are never more than a 5 minute walk away from a Timmie’s.
The only problem with Tim Horton's is those darn Timbits! Apparently the rest of the world calls them doughnut holes, but they're wrong. Just sitting there, staring at me through the glass, tempting me. I swear they are all smiling. You tell yourself, "I'm just gonna grab a coffee." But they’re just so cute I always end up picking up a box of 10. Or 20.
You make yourself feel better by saying, "They're really small. It's like having a bite of a doughnut instead of a whole doughnut." Let's get real. Ten bites of a doughnut equals a whole doughnut.
To celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, I decided to make a Tim Horton’s cake! It also happens to be my friend Ally's birthday, and she loves Tim Horton's coffee. Double double. That's two creams, and two sugars.
Okay, now it's time to get a move on and go to the grocery store. And maybe hit Tim Horton's on the way there ;) Before you make your list, be sure to check out my Parsel page. It's where I organize ALL my ingredients and tools!
Let's Make A Tim Horton's Cup Cake with Giant Timbits!
For the Tim Horton's Cake
Tim Horton’s Cake Ingredients & Tools
5 6” round vanilla cakes - find my recipe here
Coffee Buttercream - find my recipe here
Simple Syrup - find my recipe here
Coloured fondant (burgundy, brown, and cream)
Level three of the 6” round cakes in half, and keep the other two whole. Soak the vanilla cake layers in coffee simple syrup. Get them nice, and moist, and coffee-licious. I love a steaming cup of coffee buttercream. Stack the layers you’ve halved first, followed by the two whole rounds and fill with coffee buttercream as you go. This will allow the base of your cake to stay sturdy when you flip your cake.
The logo is a burgundy background with a cream coloured font. Of course, I had a Tim Horton’s coffee at my side while colouring my fondant. This coffee cup is practically a national symbol – I have to get the colour perfect!
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Roll out your burgundy fondant, and roll it onto the cake using a french rolling pin. A real Tim Horton’s cup has a seam, so don’t smooth out the fondant where the seam meets. The trickiest part of this cake is the lid of the coffee cup. The real thing is actually some type of moulded plastic, so I needed to think outside of the box to recreate it. Once I am satisfied I paint on the famous DD, for double double.
Now, this coffee cup needs a sidekick. On to my Timbits, or in this case TimBIGS! Get it? You see what I did there, eh?
For the Giant Timbits
Giant Timbits Ingredients & Tools
Vanilla Cake (find the recipe here)
Chocolate Cake (find the recipe here)
I baked six cakes in a sphere pan, two vanilla and four chocolate. This pan lets you bake two halves of a ball, which I then fused together with melted chocolate. I coated them with a few different delicious doughnut glazes. To make the doughnut glaze mix icing sugar with cream until you reach your desired consistency. Then I customized my Timbits with the following ingredients:
Rock sugar, cinnamon & piping gel
Pink food colouring
These TimBIGS look so gloriously proper up against my giant Tim Horton’s coffee cup! I feel so Canadian. My friend Ally is going to LOVE this.
What kind of Canadian would I be if I didn't indulge in a giant Timbit? I must honour my country ;)