There is no way on earth that I will miss movie night with my kid, making Dumbo cupcakes, watching one of our favorite movies and cuddling on the couch!
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we really got excited about the release of Disney+ and all the videos in the “the vault” but what we really love (like really really love) is movie night with the kiddo watching her favorite movies a million times. This time, if you can’t guess, this week, it’s Dumbo. And, of course, we had to make fun Dumbo cupcakes to have our latest movie night.
And if little flying elephants are your thing, you’re definitely going to love this easy cupcake decorating idea. It took me about 10 minutes to decorate the cupcakes. Seriously–12 of them done in 10 minutes. So, if you’re ready for a quick cupcake decorating idea for elephant-lovers, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Dumbo Inspired Cupcakes
- Do a couple of practice Dumbo faces of your frosting on some parchment paper. The frosting doesn’t come out right when it’s just starting and it never hurts to practice–I did!
- Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting them. Warm frosting runs and friends, it’s not pretty. Don’t traumatize your kids with melted Dumbo faces—ewww.
- To get these bright and pretty fondant colors, which I could not find at my local craft store (where I found myself for some reason…hmmm…) and so, I made my own.
- If you need a vanilla cupcake recipe, I recommend making our Lazy Girl’s Easy Vanilla Cupcakes. They take less than 30-minutes and use ingredients you likely have on hand. And they are a BIG hit on Pinterest. Who doesn’t LOVE a no-fail cupcake?!
How Do I Make this Dumbo Cupcakes?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 6 Prepared Cupcakes
- 1 Can Whipped White Frosting
- White Fondant
- Edible Eyes
- Black & Pink Food Coloring
- Bake your chocolate cupcakes as per the recipe directions.
- When the cupcakes are baked, remove them to wire rack to cool completely.
- Spread a bit of uncolored frosting over each cupcake and set aside.
- With two handfuls of fondant, knead each one, separately, for about 30 seconds in order to soften it up.
- To make the grey fondant, add 1 drop of black food coloring to one lump of fondant and knead it until the color is a consistent grey throughout.
- To make the pink fondant, add 1 drop of pink food coloring to the other lump of fondant and knead it until the color is a consistent pink throughout.
- Roll out the grey fondant to about ¼ inch thick on a sheet of parchment paper.
- Using a circle cookie cutter of about 1 inch in diameter, cut out 12 grey circles of fondant.
- Using a circle cookie cutter of about 1/2 inch in diameter, cut out 12 pink circles of fondant.
- Place the pink circles on top of the grey circles and pinch one side together, then, with a sharp knife, cut the pinched side off. This will give you a straight edge on one side.
- Place the remaining portion of the frosting in a bowl and add 1-2 drops of black food coloring.
- Mix the frosting until the icing is a consistent grey. If you want your frosting a darker grey, then feel free to add a little more black food coloring, but work it in one drop at a time.
- Place your grey frosting in a piping bag and cut the corner just a little or use a medium round piping tip.
- Starting with a small circle of grey frosting in the center of the cupcake, swirl around to fill in the circle, then add a long, thick trunk down the center of this circle all the way from the middle of the circle to the bottom of the cupcake.
- Next, with the remaining grey frosting, place it into another decorating bag and cut a very tiny corner off or use your smallest round piping tip.
- On the bottom of the frosting trunk, pipe 3 small circles, stacked on top of each other, so it looks like an open circle.
- Place two candy eyeballs on the cupcake, above the trunk, and place 2 fondant ears on either side, with the straight edge towards the trunk.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 137mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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More Easy Cupcake Decorating Ideas You Might Like
- Ultimate List of Every Awesome Cupcake Decorating Idea – For real, you’ll find a little bit of everything here–and definitely something unique and fun to inspire you.
- Popcorn Cupcakes – The absolute perfect cupcake to go with Dumbo cupcakes. I mean, a whole “Big Top” party?! Fun. Just straight-up fun.
- Epically Easy Mickey Cupcakes – This is seriously one of the easiest cupcake decorating ideas ever. The kiddo loves helping. And who doesn’t love Mickey?!
- Adorable Swirled Bubblegum Cupcakes – You get the most amazingly tasty cupcake with a tiny gum ball on top?! I’m sold. Leave off the bubblegum and you get a fun cotton candy cupcake! So easy!
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