I LOVE making cupcakes- it really interests me how many different flavors and decorations there are for this little dessert. I find it so relaxing and fun to play with flavor profiles that I usually opt for simpler decorations that reflect the flavors used. Today, however, I will show you how to make simple but adorable adornments for your cupcakes. The alligators and hippos are perfect for any jungle themed party and the Fantasia Mickey’s are just so cute even I keep trying to find excuses to make them.
Because today I was focused on what was going on the cupcake I was far less worried about what was in them. I used a box cake mix to make the cupcake. I tend to use the boxes when I am short on time or making cupcakes in bulk. I also like to use them when I am creating new flavors- the boxes are designed for the home cook to make errors and when I am creating new flavors making mistakes is something I definitely do. What I have learned from the thousands of cupcakes I have made- your cakes can be the perfect consistency with amazing flavors but people will always remember the frosting. Make as many cupcakes from the box as you want but ALWAYS make a fresh frosting. That is what I did with these.
Choose your favorite cake mix (I used Duncan Hynes Devil Foods Cake) and follow the baking instructions. Let the cupcakes cool fully before frosting (I like to make them the day before and store in an airtight container over night.)
My Famous Buttercream
2 sticks of butter room temperature *It is very important that you let the butter sit out for a few hours before using*
3-4 cups Confectioners Sugar
A Pinch of Salt
A Dash of Vanilla Extract
A Few Tablespoons of Milk or Cream
This recipe can be adapted to any flavor you want by switching out extracts, using other liquids instead of milk and adding any mix-ins you want
1. Cream the Butter in a Stand Mixer. Put it on Medium Speed and Let it Mix until Butter is Light and Fluffy.
2. Add Confectioners Sugar- for a smoother consistency sift sugar before mixing.
3. Add the Rest of the Ingredients.
4. Let mix for a few minutes until it reaches the desired consistency. Add sugar or milk if needed to thicken or thin as needed.
*Another Tip- For Professional Looking Cupcakes always pipe the frosting on. You don’t need professional pastry bags and tips, in fact I prefer just a regular gallon ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Best thing about it- you just throw the bag away when you are done- No clean up!!!!*
Now that you have baked and frosted your cupcakes it’s time to decorate them.
What You Will Need:
Hippo- Nutter Butter, Orange Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks, Black Decorating Gel
Alligator- Wafer Cookies, Green Frosting, Green Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks, Buttercream Frosting in Ziplock bag, Wilton Color Spray Green, Black Decorating Gel
Sorcerer Mickey- Nilla Wafers, CakeMate Glitter Icing, Wilton Pearl Sprinkles, Mini Oreos
1. Take the Nutter Butter and Your Plastic Bag of Butter Cream- put two dots of frosting near the top of the cookie. Put the Orange Cereal into the frosting for the ears. Hold in place a few seconds for it to set.
2. Make Two more frosting dots this time on the other side of the cookie where it is flat. Place the cereal flat onto the cookie for the nose.
3. Put two more frosting dots on the top of the cookie. Closer to where the ears are.
4. Take the Decorating Gel and make two little black dots on the white frosting- this makes the hippos eyes.
5. Enjoy all the complements you will get about your hippo cupcakes.
1. Take a Wafer Cookie and spread frosting onto the top of the cookie. You can tint the frosting green when you are making it by using green food coloring but if you dont want to make a huge batch you can just use Wilton’s Color Spray in Green.
2. Place the cereal loops on one end of the cookie, sticking into the frosting. These will be the eyes
3. Take your buttercream (Mine was in a sandwich bag with a tiny bit of the tip cut off to make a very small hole) and pipe a zigzag onto the sides of the cookie. These will be the teeth.
4. For further detailing use your gel decorator put two small dots into the center of the cereal loops and the tip of the cookie near the death to add pupils and nostrils.
5. Enjoy your adorable snack.
Sorcerer Mickey Hats
1. Using a Nilla Wafer as your base pipe on the CakeMate Glitter Icing in concentric circles (like you would ice a cupcake.)
2. Place Wilton Pearl Sprinkles into the icing. (If you sprinkle them they dont really stick well so I placed each sprinkle individually.)
3. Add Mini Oreos to either side of the ‘hat.’
4. Take Lots of Pictures!
If you have any questions comment in the section below- I will be more than happy to answer anything.