Everyone loves cupcakes, and everyone loves Disney Princesses (or is that just me?), so it only makes sense to put the two things together and create some equally beautiful and tasty Disney Princess cupcakes!
Right now, a lot of people are stuck inside their homes, trying to stop the spread of Covid-19. It can be easy to get a little cabin fever, so it’s important to try and keep busy.
Recently, I came up with a bunch of ideas on how to sprinkle some Disney magic in your life while you’re social distancing.
One of them was to bake! So, I decided to go one step further and show you a few ideas on how to make Disney Princess cupcakes.
Disney Princess Cupcakes
My goal in creating this for you guys was to try and find a recipe and design that you could easily recreate at home, without needing to do too much specialty shopping. Hopefully, you’ll find all these ingredients already in your fridge and cabinets.
If not, I suggest you see if you can snag something on Amazon or use a grocery pick-up service!
My recipe comes from one of my trusty cookbooks, The Big Book of Cupcakes. It has a whole bunch of really basic cake and frosting recipes right at the beginning.
For these cupcakes, I made yellow cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.
For my princess inspirations, I chose Rapunzel (mine and my sister’s favorite princess, and the queen of social distancing), Belle (my best friend’s favorite princess), and Elsa (actually a queen, and a fan favorite right now).
Here’s what you’ll need for the cupcakes. I’ll get into the frosting later.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup milk
1. Let’s Prep!
Heat your oven to 350°. The recipe here says to prepare 24 muffin tins, but I always do this step after I’ve made the batter. So I’ll get to it later.
2. Dry Ingredients
In a medium bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk or a fork. Set mixture aside.
3. Mix it Up
In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar, using an electric mixer on medium speed.
It’s really important to have your butter room temperature, or else it won’t mix in well. You can soften it in the microwave, but the texture doesn’t end up quite right. I left mine out for a little over an hour.
Scrape the sides of the bowl down to make sure all the sugar is incorporated.
4. Add Eggs
Add your eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
5. Beat in your vanilla
6. Combine Milk
Now, you’ll alternate mixing the dry ingredients and the milk. Start with about 1/3 of the flour mixture, then pour in half the milk and beat on low speed. Alternate until it is well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and make sure you don’t have any pockets of flour anywhere.
7. Liners or Linerless?
Now, you can prepare your muffin tins (if you didn’t already). I had a few colors of liners, so I picked liners to match each princess (red for Belle, yellow for Rapunzel, light blue/white for Elsa).
If you don’t have options, whatever you have will work. Or you can go liner-less, just spray your pan first. Here’s a tip for you—I always spray the liners. I find it helps them release from the cupcakes easier.
8. Divide That Batter
Divide your batter evenly in your muffin tin. I used a 1/4 cup measurer to spoon it out. You can pull some batter from others if they’re too full and add them to ones that aren’t full enough.
9. Bake It!
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
As a note, I only made 12 of my 24 cupcakes fancy. The other 12 I spread my frosting on with a knife. If you’re want to make all 24 cupcakes look like Disney Princesses, you will need more frosting.
- In a large bowl, mix together your powdered sugar and butter. It will look like you don’t have enough butter. Trust me, it will turn out fine.
- Mix in the vanilla
- Add in 3 tablespoons of milk
- If your frosting is too thick, add in more milk, but very gradually. I only used the 3 tablespoons of milk and mine was perfect. You don’t want your buttercream to be too loose, because the designs will work better with a thicker frosting.
Time to Decorate!
Now comes the fun part! We’re going to make our cupcakes beautiful and Disney-fied.
For your food coloring, you can use whatever you have to make your colors. I have a bunch of options at home, but remember if you have the primary colors, you can make any color you want.
I also have some not-so-fancy piping tips that I used to make these designs. If you don’t have any, you could order some on Amazon, or make do with a plastic bag and scissors.
For the Rapunzel inspired Disney Princess cupcakes, I used yellow, purple, and green food dye in my frosting. For the tiny flowers, I used white and purple candy melts.
Candy melts are basically just colored chocolate. You can’t color chocolate with food dye because it will seize up (try it and you’ll understand). You could use extra icing to try and make the flower elements if you can’t find candy melts.
I put around two drops of the purple into a small amount of frosting, and two drops of the yellow in a smaller amount of frosting. I wanted them to be pale, pastel-y colors so I didn’t go too far with the coloring.
For the main frosting, I used an open star tip.
For the braid, I used a closed star tip.
On the tiny flowers, I melted my purple and white candy melts in the microwave in very short (30 seconds or fewer) intervals to avoid burning.
Then, I spooned some into a plastic baggy, cut a really small hole in the corner, and piped directly onto a wax-lined baking sheet.
I had some trial and error with my purple flowers. Just mess around until you get several you like, then you can stick them in the fridge for several minutes to firm up.
I found it easier to work with after cooling down a bit, but it will harden very quickly. Also, I made these at the same time as my snowflakes.
Place your hardened flowers onto Rapunzel’s braid. I used a leaf tip with a very very small amount of green frosting to “glue” them on and make leaves.
For the Belle cupcakes, you’ll need red, yellow, and green frosting.
I used the purple leftover from the Rapunzel cupcakes and added red to it (it will be pink, but it is near impossible to make true red out of a white frosting).
Then I used the leftover yellow and just added a couple more drops of coloring to make it more vibrant.
I piped the cupcakes with the same tip as the Rapunzel ones, and in the exact same manner.
For the roses, I did very small rosettes with the leaf tip.
Then, I added green leaves with the leaf tip. I did a lot of washing out tips in between uses.
For the Elsa cupcakes, you’ll need blue frosting, white sugar sprinkles (optional), and white candy melts.
I made a very pale blue frosting out of some sky blue dye I had and piped it on in the same manner as the other two cupcakes. Then, I immediately sprinkled some white sugar sprinkles on top.
For the candy melts, I used the same method as I used for the Rapunzel flowers. Just play around with it until you get a design you like and don’t worry if they’re not perfect. You can knock off some of the little lines after they’re dry.
Once the candy melts are hardened, dab a little more blue frosting on the back and press them into the top of your cupcakes. I did it slightly off-center.
And that’s it! You now have beautiful Disney Princess cupcakes! Whether you decide to make all three designs or try just one, I am sure these will be a hit with whoever is stuck at home with you (or you are stuck at home with…).
Once you’re done, I would love to see your finished products! Share them with us on our Facebook page and spread some Disney magic.