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How to Make Mickey Mouse Cupcakes

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

These little cupcakes come together so easily, and are just the cutest EVER for a Mickey Mouse lover, like our little one.  We made these to celebrate her second birthday, and they were a huge hit!

Vanilla Cupcakes

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

(yields 24 cupcakes)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers. 
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add eggs one at a time. 
  4. Add flour (mixed with baking powder and salt), alternating with milk.  Beat well.  Stir in vanilla. 
  5. Divide evenly among pans and bake for 18 minutes. 
  6. Let cool completely in pans.

Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp milk
Food coloring, as needed (optional)

  1. Cream room temperature butter until smooth and fluffy. 
  2. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar until fully incorporated. 
  3. Beat in vanilla extract. 
  4. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes. 
  5. Add food coloring, if using, and beat for 30 seconds until smooth or desired color is reached. 

Decorating Your Cupcakes

As you can see, the decorations are what make this cupcake special.  So here are the finishing touches you will need to make your Mickey Mouse cupcakes take on that Disney magic!  

For the final touches, you will also need:

  • Red polka dot cupcake wrappers 
  • Red food coloring (I used an entire bottle to color my batch of frosting.)
  • Red sprinkles
  • Oreos
  • Mini oreos
  • M&M's (You will only need the yellow ones, which luckily leaves you with lots of extras!)
To complete your cupcakes, follow the directions for making the cupcakes and frosting.  Your frosting will need to be red.  So I completed the steps for adding food coloring to my frosting.  I did use an entire bottle of red to achieve the color you see here.  Once you frost your cupcakes, add red sprinkles to the top of each one.  Then add two yellow M&M's to mimic Mickey's buttons.  The Mickey Mouse ears are made using Oreo cookies.  You will need to carefully separate the Oreos so the cream filling remains on the back of the cookie.  Then attach the two mini Oreos, using the cream filling (or some extra cupcake frosting) to hold the Mickey Mouse ears in place.  Carefully place your Mickey Mouse cookie creation into the frosting of each cupcake. And voila!  There you have it!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; I told you they were a hit!  

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