Thanksgiving Mickey Cupcakes – Pilgrim Mickey Ear Cupcakes

These Disney-inspired Thanksgiving Mickey cupcakes are sure to bring smiles to any dessert table. A little fondant and ombre frosting are all it takes to make wow-worthy holiday treats.

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These Thanksgiving Mickey cupcakes featuring an ombre frosting and adorable Mickey Mouse ear pilgrim hat are going to WOW everyone!

Thanksgiving Mickey Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, it’s no secret we love sharing amazing and unique cupcake decorating ideas. I mean, it’s almost constant cupcakes around here and I can’t help but share them because they’re all so fun. Whether it’s for a holiday or for a Mickey and Minnie mouse party, I just can’t get enough of cupcakes.


So, whether your kiddo has a Thanksgiving school party or you’re planning to serve these cupcake desserts to the family, grab your piping bag and let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Easy Pilgrim Mickey Cupcakes

  • I love to start every cupcake ever with my Lazy Girl Cupcakes. They’re a simple no-fail cupcake recipe that I can make and know I’m not going to mess it up–even for a last minute birthday party. But, you do you. If you have a favorite cupcake recipe, use that. Or if you love a certain cake mix, use that. These are your Mickey Mouse cupcakes.
  • Don’t overfill your cupcake liners. You don’t want them spilling out while they’re baking and ruining the look.
  • This recipe calls for making your own buttercream frosting, but if you have a preference for cream cheese frosting or whipped cream frosting, just use that. This is more about the decorating than the flavor.
  • If you don’t want to use fondant for the ears, you can use mini OREO cookies. They won’t be exactly the same as my cupcakes, but it might be one less thing you have to worry about.
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How Make Adorable Thanksgiving Mickey Ear Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 24

Thanksgiving Mickey Cupcakes

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This is such an easy Thanksgiving cupcake with Mickey ears. Just whip up some buttercream and bam you're ready!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Pilgrim Hat and Mickey Ears

  • 1/2 cup black fondant
  • 1/2 cup brown fondant

Spiced Cupcakes

  • 1 box Spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups unsalted sweet cream butter, softened (not melted)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Orange food coloring


  1. Follow the box instructions to make th ebatter and preheat the oven.
  2. Fill each cupcake liner about two-thirds full and bake per the box directions.
  3. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool completely. 
  4. Roll out the brown fondant to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out 24 hat shapes. 
  5. Roll out the black fondant to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out 48 ears with the mini circle cutter.
  6. Set fondant creations aside to allow to dry 3 hours. 
  7. Once dry, use your black edible marker to draw a line across the middle of the hat for a band. 
  8. To make the frosting, cream butter, sugar, cream, and vanilla until smooth. 
  9. Divide your icing into 4 small bowls and add 1 drop of orange food coloring to one, 4 drops to the next and 10 drops to the last. Leave the fourth bowl as-is. 
  10. Stir each bowl of colored icing until the color is consistent throughout.
  11. Prop your decorating bag open in a cup.
  12. Place a scoop of each color onto a side of the decorating bag, keeping the colors separated.
  13. Pipe a large swirl of frosting onto each cupcake. 
  14. Carefully prop the hat in the middle of the frosting and add an ear on each side.
  15. Enjoy!


You'll also need:

  • 1 mini circle cutter
  • 3 inch template cutout of a pilgrim hat (pull off Google)
  • 1 edible black marker

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 464Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 0gSugar: 42gProtein: 2g

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

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