Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Disney Princess Cupcakes

I've been meaning to post these cupcakes I made for Caitlin's 4th birthday back in October. Disney Princesses are still a big thing in our house. We met almost all of the princesses at Disney World back in March and this year for her birthday, we got a group together and went to Disney on Ice and saw most of them there again! Before the show, we went out for pizza and had these for dessert. The girls loved them!

I saw them on Pinterest and like most other projects I tend to love and choose, they do take a bit of time. But, the technique is easy enough for anyone and look how cute they are! First, I started out by finding images of the princesses. You can do the same through Google.  Then, I sized each princess proportionately to fit on top of the cupcakes and printed them on cardstock. They ended up being about 3 inches high and 1.5-2 inches wide depending on the princess.

I made the toppers about a week in advance. I did 2 dozen cupcakes and the finished all of the cutting while catching up on DVR. I taped the topper to a flat toothpick and kept them in a Ziploc bag until it was time to bake and decorate.

Sources: Erica's Sweet ToothWith Sprinkles on Top

  • 2 dozen cupcakes (any flavor you love. I used Funfetti.)
  • 1 batch vanilla buttercream (or any frosting you love)
  • Large petal tip (I used Wilton #104)
  • 1 piping bag to use as a holder + 1 piping bag for each color (explained below)
  • Food coloring
  • Princess pictures
  • flat toothpicks or lollipop sticks

Bake the cupcakes according to the directions and let cool. Use coordinating cupcake liners if you want to do that.

Once the cupcakes are cooled, make the buttercream. Now let's decorate! I tried to make the decorating as easy as possible without having to wash the tip in between each color and without having 8 different bowls of color.  Here's how I did it:

Start by putting the petal tip in a piping bag with a coupler. This is your holding bag. Now, get a second piping bag and cut the tip off.  This will be the bag you load with the first color. Every time you switch to a new color, you'll get a new piping bag, fill it with the new color, cut the tip out, and slip it inside the holding bag. Then, just squeeze a bit until the old color comes out and the new color is solid.

Scoop some buttercream into a dish.  I made 3 cupcakes of each of the 8 princesses, so scoop enough to finish all of the cupcakes for one princess, plus some extra. It's better to have too much than not enough. And it won't go to waste (you'll see!).

Starting with the lightest color (yellow for Snow White's dress) tint the buttercream and mix until the color is even. Load your (second) piping bag with the yellow, slide it into the holding bag and practice the petals a few times on a plate or piece of parchment. You can scrape your practice petals back into the bowl to be used when you're done. Pipe the first layer of petals, the bottom layer of the dress around the outside of the top of the cupcake.  Then, do a second layer, slightly smaller on top of the first. Continue on like this, adding a scoop of white buttercream to the same bowl and slightly changing the color as your go.  Like this:

1 - Snow White - tinted with Wilton Lemon.  (described above)
2 - Belle - add a touch of Sunflower or Orange
3 - Ariel  - add a tiny bit of Sky Blue
4 - Jasmine (do your daughters call her Jazz Man like mine does?) - add a bit more Sky Blue
5 - Merida- add quite a bit more Sky Blue
6 - Aurora - Wash the bowl or get a new bowl :(  Tint with Pink.
7 - Rapunzel -  Buy Violet!  I thought I had some, but didn't and it was already around midnight, so I had to figure something out. After getting every shade of gray from trying to add red/blue, I ended up using quite a bit of liquid purple I found (McCormick) and it came out fine.
8 - Cinderella - new bowl, cornflower blue with a touch of Sky Blue.

Stick the toppers in and admire your work :)

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