When the kiddo wanted to learn more about Dia de los Muertos, we decided to make Day of the Dead Minnie cupcakes to make our learning tasty!
Day of the Dead Minnie Cupcakes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the fun and spooky times around halloween. But recently the kiddo has been wanting to learn about other cultures and so, when talking about halloween, Dia de los Muertos came up. She wanted to learn more, so we dug-in. And, to top off the day, we made these fun sugar skull cupcakes using Minnie ears as a base to make them so very easy.
Now, the kiddo is always going to remember that time we made cupcakes to learn more about another culture and those things we learned will be firmly set. Which is a huge win. Plus, we got to eat a cupcake together, which I think is a win any day. If you’re ready to make an epic batch of Day of the Dead Minnie cupcakes, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Dia de los Muertos Cupcakes
- Make sure you’ve got some neon edible markers on hand. you don’t have to have the absurd number of markers we used, but bright, vivid colors are a must. If you don’t have any, grab this fantastic (and reasonably priced) set here.
- If you don’t have one, grab a fondant bow mold like this one. Sure, you can always sculpt each individual bow (please don’t try to tie one, please), but that’s going to take a lot of time that a mold will just speed right up.
- Oh, and grab the sugar skull cupcake liners here, if you want to take it all the way to the floor.
- Alright, with all that out of the way, let’s talk about the cupcakes. Don’t ever frost your cupcakes until they are completely cooled. Icing is yummy and warm cupcakes are yummy, but warm cupcakes and icing is just a mess.
- To get the super bright colors in the frosting, I used the neon gel food coloring here. If you try to do this with regular water-based food coloring, you’re not going to get that vividness. Gel is just the way to go.
How Do I Make Day of the Dead Minnie Cupcakes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
For the Bows and Sugar Skull Minnie Ears
- 1 package of white fondant
- 1 package of pink fondant
For the Cupcakes
- 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 4 C powdered sugar
- 3-5 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Sky Blue, Red, Neon Green, and Pink gel food coloring
- Dust your cutting board with powdered sugar then roll out the white fondant to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 1-inch or 1 1/2 inch circle cookie cutter, cut out 24 circles for the ears and set aside to dry overnight.
- Mold the pink fondant into a ball (you may find it best to dust your hands with some powdered sugar). Then break off 1 teaspoon size portion and press it firmly into the bow mold. Make 12 bows and set aside to dry overnight.
- The following day, use the black edible marker to draw an outline of a skull on each of the white fondant circles, then color in the exterior of the ear outside the skull outline with the black edible marker.
- Using the black edible marker, draw tiny circles inside the skulls to make the eye sockets, draw out a line with "stitching" to represent the skeletal mouth, then with any color marker, draw a swirly or floral design on the skull shape. Set aside to dry while you make the cupcakes.
- Preheat your oven and prepare you cupcake batter for 12 cupcakes.
- With your prepared cupcake batter, divide the batter into 4 small bowls and add a few drops of a neon gel food coloring into each bowl, then stir until the color is consistent throughout..
- Place 1 teaspoonful of each of the colored batter into each cupcake liner, filling the cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
- Bake the cupcakes per the directions on the original recipe, then remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely before frosting.
- With a stand mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla, then mix on medium until the mixture is completely combined and smooth.
- Separate the frosting into five bowls and mix a few drops of the gel food coloring into four of the bowls, stirring until the color is consistent throughout.
- Spoon each color of frosting in a stripe into the side of the piping bag.
- Fill the center of the piping bag with the icing that remained white.
- Frost the cupcakes with the swirled frosting then place pink bow into the center of the frosting followed by two ears on either side of the bow. Then enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 821Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 528mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 2gSugar: 76gProtein: 4g
All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.
More Halloween Cupcakes You Might Like
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- Spun Sugar Spiderweb Cupcakes – Nothing is more creepy and fun than a spider and these spiderweb cupcakes are so simple, adding the spider is cherry on top of the web.
- Frankenstein Cupcakes – Ok, so maybe it should be “Frankenstein’s Monster Cupcakes” but really, we shouldn’t let that muddy the cuteness of these fun halloween cupcakes.
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