Make These WOW-Worthy Safari Minnie Cupcakes

These safari Minnie cupcakes are perfect for Disney fans whether you’re setting up a Jungle Cruise movie night, a safari party, or just because you want to have a bit of fun in the kitchen. And best of all – they’re pretty simple to make.

The cheetah spot ears will make you look like a professional baker (it will be our secret). You can use a cake box mix base, make my lazy girl’s chocolate cupcake recipe, or get a little help and buy pre-made cupcakes.

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These are delicious and jaw dropping cupcakes for a fundraiser, movie night, or party.

Adorable Safari Cupcake Idea

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I absolutely believe cupcakes are one of the best and most versatile desserts for any occasion. And Disney… Well, we are pretty much obsessed with making adorable Disney-themed treats around here.

When the Jungle Cruise movie came out, I made two versions of themed cupcakes – this Minnie Mouse cupcake and one a bit less girly for the fellas. I’ll put it below in case you want to whip up a batch.

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Honestly, though… if you are making these, I would make these Mickey themed safari cupcakes by leaving off the bow or by making a mini safari hat to put in the center of the ears. And if you do that, please, please send me a picture! Let’s get started with these fun cheetah print cupcakes.

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These are the ones we made for our Jungle Cruise movie night that stole the show!

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Jungle Cruise Cupcake Idea

Earlier this year, I shared the ‘not so girly’ version of these Jungle Cruise cupcakes for a fun reminder of one of my daughter’s favorite rides at the park. She giggles, jumps, gasps, and screams with delight every time we ride it.

If you haven’t seen it, the movie was absolutely hilarious and has become one of our favorites to watch during family movie nights. These colorful cupcakes are perfect for a movie night because they only require a cake and frosting.

easy recipe for disney jungle cruise cupcakes
Make these simple Jungle Cruise inspired Disney cupcakes.

Fun Ways To Share These Jungle Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

  • Birthday Party Cupcakes – These would be super cute for a jungle or safari-themed birthday party. I found a ton of sets for the theme on Amazon: this is the one I bought for our party and I combined it with these fun leaf plates for the Jungle Cruise snack mix and a few other treats.
  • Jungle Cruise Movie Night – Cupcakes are the ultimate treat for snuggling up and watching movies at home (and they can be made ahead of time, so that’s awesome). I used the garland and a few balloons left over from the kit I mentioned above for an easy decoration.
  • Drop Off a Sweet Treat – I have these cupcake boxes on hand and combine them with stickers to drop off a treat for my daughter’s friends or when someone can’t make a party.
  • Bring Them as a Class Party or Booster – You would literally blow everyone’s minds if you make these for a bake sale or party! Just a tip: if you’re putting these into a traditional cupcake carrier, turn them perpendicular every other cake so they will fit without touching.


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These Jungle Cruise cupcakes are going to knock everyone’s socks off!
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How to Store Cupcakes to Keep Them Fresh? What About Fondant and Frosting?

The key to keeping these cute Minnie cupcakes moist and delicious is to store them in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature. You don't have to store them in the fridge and can prepare them a day in advance of the party or event.

If you want to pre-bake the cupcakes, they can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months. Thaw them at room temperature. Additionally, you can make the frosting one week in advance or freeze and store for a couple of months. Bring to room temperature and beat with the mixer to fluff.

To make the cheetah spot Minnie or Mickey ears ahead of time, let them dry completely and use high quality edible ink markers. Wrap them in cling wrap and store them in an air tight container out of direct sunlight. Make sure they're not stacked on top of each other. You can make these up to a month ahead of the party.

Yield: 20 cupcakes

Safari Minnie Mouse Ear Cupcakes

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These safari Minnie cupcakes are a fun and super cute treat for a Jungle Cruise movie night, bake sale or booster fundraiser, or as a safari party treat.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 5 minutes


Fondant Bow Ingredients:

  • 1 package of White Fondant
  • 1 Black edible marker 
  • 1 Brown edible marker
  • 1 Cheetah cookie stencil
  • 1 Stripe cookie stencil
  • 1 fondant cutter (round and 2 inches in size)
  • 1 Bow mold
  • 1 can of red cake spray 
  • 1 can of silver cake spray 

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of butter, unsalted
  • 3 eggs

Vanilla and peanut butter frosting ingredients

  • 1 cup of soft butter, unsalted
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3-5 T of heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups of toasted coconut
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip


Minnie Mouse Fondant Ears

  1. Add cornstarch to a cutting board and knead the white fondant. It must become soft and workable.
  2. Add a bit more cornstarch onto the cutting table if needed and roll out the fondant to 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Use the fondant cutter and cut out 40 circles.
  4. Put them onto a cookie sheet and leave them to dry.

The Next Day:

  1. Use the black edible marker and cheetah stencil set on top of one of the white circle fondant pieces. Trace the cheetah spots and set each disc aside. Repeat with all of the fondant circles.
  2. Use the brown marker and trace around the black lines.
  3. Spray the top of the circles with silver spray to make them shiny and let them dry for a few hours.

How to Make a Minnie Mouse Bow:

  1. Pinch off 1 tablespoon of the white fondant. Press it into the larger bow mold then place it on the cookie sheet to let each dry.
  2. After it has dried, put the stripe stencil on the bowl and spray the bow with the red cake spray. Let dry completely.

Six image collage of how to prepare and assemble the safari cupcakes for Jungle Cruise movie night or safari party.

To Make the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line the pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Beat milk, butter, eggs, and cake mix together in a large bowl.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full and put them in the oven to bake for 21 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

Make Frosting and Assemble Cupcakes:

  1. Mix butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and whipping cream with a mixer. It should be smooth and stiff when done.
  2. Use an ice cream scooper and scoop the frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes. Use a butter knife to spread out the frosting.
  3. Roll the cupcake into the toasted coconut and set aside. Repeat with all cupcakes.
  4. Add peanut butter to the rest of the frosting and put that mixture into a piping bag. Add a dollop of it onto the middle of each cupcake.
  5. Put the bow in the middle and one ear to the left and right of the bow.


To turn this fun safari ear idea into a full-size cake, make the fondant circles larger and cut 4 of them. Place a skewer on a fondant disc, add water to secure, and layer the other disc on top. Let dry completely before decorating with cheetah spots.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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