By special request from my mini-me, I made this Mushu dragon Mulan cupcake cake because the day called making a man out of my cupcakes! LOL!
Mushu Dragon Mulan Cupcake Cake
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love our Disney princesses. But the honest truth is that Mulan holds a really special place in my heart. I mean really really. It came out at a time when I really felt like the world needed a strong leading-lady and the story just resonated with me. So, when the kiddo asked for a Mushu cupcake cake, well, there was no stopping me.
See, Mushu is the most fun part of the original Mulan movie and I’m kind of bummed there won’t be a little dragon spirit in the remake. But that’s ok. I’ll make my own–in cupcake format. If you’re ready to bring Mushu to life in a cupcake cake, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make A Mushu Dragon Cake
- Normally, I’d tell you to start with my Lazy Girl cupcakes. But the deal is…you need a lot of cupcakes to make this Mulan cupcake cake. So…you have to start with a LARGE BATCH Lazy Girl cupcake recipe! LOL! Just add cocoa powder to the desired chocolate level.
- Ok. So…let’s talk about food coloring for a second. you are not getting red red Mushu-red icing without gel food coloring like this. Seriously, don’t try the liquid stuff you’d find in your grandma’s spice cabinet. Red icing calls for gel food coloring.
- Now, let’s talk about the icing you need to make this fun dragon cupcake cake. You can use buttercream icing or cream cheese icing–and hey, no shade on the canned icing game. But for me, I had to do a homemade buttercream. I mean, it’s my favorite and you can thin it up a little so that it’s super easy to spread. I love it.
How Do I Make this Mushu Dragon Mulan Cupcake Cake?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 24 Chocolate Cupcakes (I used my large batch cupcake recipe and just added 1/2 cup cocoa powder)
- 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 7 C powdered sugar
- 7 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- Black gel food coloring
- Red gel food coloring
- 1 small container of yellow fondant
- 1 small container of red fondant
- 1 small container of blue fondant
- Start making your fondant decorations by sprinkling a cutting board with powdered sugar then kneading the yellow fondant on this surface until soft.
- Break off 1 ½ tbsp portion of the yellow fondant.
- Roll this yellow fondant into a 3-4 inch long log and set aside.
- Repeat to make a second identical log, set aside.
- Knead the red on the cutting board until soft, then roll it out to ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut out three 3-inch tall triangles, set aside.
- Knead the blue fondant on the cutting board until it is soft, then roll out to ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut out two 2-inch triangles, set aside.
- To make the frosting, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy whipping cream until smooth. Place 1 cup of the un-colored frosting into a piping bag.
- Place ½ cup of the icing into a small bowl, then mix in a few drops of black gel food coloring, mixing until well combined. Then place the black frosting into a second piping bag.
- Repeat to make red frosting with the remaining icing, then place this frosting into a third piping bag.
- To build the Mushu cupcake cake, place the cupcakes in a S shape working horizontally on the cake board.
- Pipe red dollops of icing all over each of the cupcakes, completely covering them.
- Pipe two large dollops of red frosting (one on top of the other) on the top bottom left of the S shape to create Mushu's nose.
- With the white/uncolored frosting, place two dollops of icing above the nose for the eyes.
- With the black frosting, add pupils onto the center of the white icing eyes.
- Add two small dots of white frosting on the pupils to make the eyes cartoon-style.
- Pipe several white dots of icing around the edge of the bottom cupcakes below the nose for teeth.
- Using the yellow fondant logs, carefully place one end of each log into/under the nose to create Mushu’s whiskers.
- Using the two blue triangles of fondant, place them above the eyes for Mushu's little blue horns.
- With the three red triangles, place them around/on top of the middle of the top of the S shape for the spikes on Mushu’s back--then enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 42gProtein: 1g
All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.
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