Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Minion Cupcakes + how to video!

Let your imagination go wild when making these fun Minion themed cupcakes!  They're easy to make, requiring no sculpting or hand shaping and are perfect for a child's party or charity bake sale.  I've used a vanilla cupcake and buttercream frosting to support our minion cake toppers, though feel free to use your favourite recipe!
  
How to make fun Minion themed cupcake toppers with fondant


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Even if you're not a huge cinema go-er, I'm sure you will have noticed given all of the advertising on many food products, that Despicable Me 3 has now been launched at the cinema.

I've been wanting to make some Minion cupcakes for our young niece and nephew for quite some time, but for one reason and another it just hasn't happened - yet!  So in preparation for when we see them next, the release of the new Despicable Me movie seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give them a trial run.

How to make fun Minion themed cupcake toppers with fondant

These Minion Cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make, and yet they are very much recognisable as the mischievous yellow minions!  There's no shaping and moulding of tricky shapes, nor do you need to use food dies to colour your fondant - ready coloured fondant is great for this fun bake.  The fondant is cut into circles with cutters of varying sizes to create the face, glasses and eye detail of these minion cake topper characters!

How to make fun Minion themed cupcake toppers with fondant

And they certainly are characters.  There's the one with the cheeky smile, the one poking his tongue out (tut-tut!), as well as the surprised Minion!  Not to mention the bald one, the one with spiky hair and the one sporting a comb over!  These homemade minion cake toppers are easy to make and are only limited to your own imagination!  

Minion cupcakes are such a fun bake.  Not only would they be great for a child's party or even a charity bake sale, but they're also great for letting your imagination go wild.

And of course, because fondant is unflavoured it means that you can use your favourite cupcake recipe to support your fondant topper!

How to make fun Minion themed cupcake toppers with fondant



Check out my video showing how to make Minion Cupcakes, should you need any further convincing how easy they are to make!





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So, here's how to make Minion Themed Cupcakes





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Minion Cupcakes
Let your imagination go wild when making these fun Minion themed cupcakes! They're easy to make, requiring no sculpting or hand shaping and are perfect for a child's party or charity bake sale. I've used a vanilla cupcake and buttercream frosting to support our minion cake toppers, though feel free to use your favourite recipe!

Details
Hand on time: about Cook time: Yield: 12 large cupcakes

Specific Equipment
  12 Muffin sized cupcake cases & muffin tin
  Piping bag fitted with large star nozzle
  Fondant tools, including rolling pin - ideal though not essential (see note d below)
  Large cookie cutter (see note d below) 
Ingredients
For the Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 210g Butter, unsalted & softened
  • 210g Caster Sugar
  • small Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs, medium
  • 210g SR Flour
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Milk
For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 180g Butter, unsalted & softened
  • 360g Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • splash of Milk
For the Fondant Minion Cupcake Toppers
  • 250g Yellow Fondant
  • small amounts of Black, Grey, White, Brown Fondant
  • Cornflour

Method
1. Start making the Minion cake toppers. Knead the yellow fondant until soft and pliable. Dust the work surface with a little cornflour if necessary and roll out. Use a cookie cutter, or similar, (ours was 68mm diameter) to cut 12 discs. Position each fondant disc on a square of greaseproof paper, this will prevent the fondant from becoming mishapen if you need to move them. Set aside to dry.2. Start to make the Minions' glasses. Prepare some grey fondant and knead until soft and pliable. Dust the work surface with a little cornflour if necessary. Roll out the grey fondant. With the wide end of a large piping nozzle (or similar) cut out between 12-24 discs. (Remember some minions only have one eye!) With a smaller piping nozzle remove the centre from each grey disc which will therefore leave you with a ring of grey fondant. Repeat with the remaining discs. Ball up and cover the small cut away discs for later. 3. Make the Minions' eyes. Knead some white fondant. Roll out onto a work surface dusted with cornflour. Using the same small piping nozzle as you used for the frame of the glasses cut out some white discs. These will be the Minions' eye. Roll out some brown fondant and cut out small discs with the narrow end of a plain round piping nozzle. 4. Begin to assemble the Minions' glasses and eyes. Using a small paint brush (reserved for food use only), paint a small amount of water on the reverse of a grey fondant ring. Position the disc on one of the yellow circles, either centrally for a one eyed Minion or slightly off to the side for a two eyed Minion. Gently press the grey ring to stick in position. Continue positioning the grey glasses frame to the Minion's yellow face. Paint a tiny bit of water to the inside of the grey ring. Position a white disc in the centre - it should fit snugly. Again apply a small amount of pressure with your finger tip to afix it. 5. Continue with the Minions' eyes. Apply a small amount of water to one of the brown discs. Position this on the white of the Minion's eye (applying a small amount of pressure to afix it), considering the expression you want it to have. Repeat with the remaining brown discs. Create the pupils with a small amount of black fondant rolled into a ball. Paint a tiny amount of water onto the brown fondant. Position the black 'pupil' and use the pad of your thumb or index finger to gently flatten the black. Repeat with the remaining eyes. 6. Finish the glasses. Roll out the remaining grey fondant on a work surface lightly dusted with cornflour. Use a non-serrated knife to cut strips of the grey to be used as the 'arms' of the glasses. Afix the arms to the Minion's face with a small amount of water.7. Apply hair to the Minion. Decide if your Minion will be bald or have hair - and its style. Using black fondant roll very thin short 'sausages'. Afix to the yellow disc with a small amount of water in the style you want. 8. Give your Minions expressions. Consider if your Minion is to smile, frown, yawn etc. Use a fondant tool or tooth pick to create a line for the Minion's mouth (and eye brows as appropriate). Try to avoid dragging the yellow fondant. Using a small amount of black fondant roll it into a sausage shape. Apply a small amount of water to the shape of the mouth. Carefully allow the black fondant to lay into the shape of the mouth. Apply gently pressure with a flat tool to afix. If creating a round mouth for a yawn or a shocked expression shape a small amount of the black fondant into a disc and afix with water. 9. Finish the Minions' eyes. Shape a tiny piece of white fondant into a ball. Apply a little water to the black pupil and afix the white. This helps to bring a bit more 'life' to your Minion. Set the faces aside to dry overnight.10. Preheat the oven to 190℃ / Fan 170℃ / 375℉ / Gas 5. Place the muffin sized cases into the muffin tray.11. Make the sponge. Place the soft butter and sugar into a good sized bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon or electric beaters until very pale and fluffy. Add the salt and vanilla extract and beat again to combine. Gradually add the beaten egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition, (see note b below). Beat in the milk. Sieve the flour into the mixture. Use a spatula, large metal spoon or your hand with your fingers splayed to fold this in gently. 12. Fill the muffin cases & bake. Using a spoon, fill the cases with the batter mixture. You're aiming for them to be half to two-thirds full. You may decide to weigh each muffin to ensure equal sizes. Each will weigh about 60 - 63g. Place the muffin tray in the centre of the oven and bake for 20 - 23 minutes. You may need to rotate the tray after 15 minutes of baking. Once baked, remove from the oven and muffin tray and place onto a cooling rack. 13. Make the buttercream frosting. Place the softened butter into a good sized bowl. Beat to ensure it is soft and creamy. Sieve half of the icing sugar into the butter. Use a wooden spoon to combine the two ingredients. Sieve the remaining icing sugar into the bowl and beat to combine. Beat well to create a creamy frosting. Add the vanilla extract mix until well combined. Add a drizzle of milk as necessary until it is the softness you like. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.14. Begin to decorate the cupcakes. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled pipe a flat swirl of frosting on top of each cake. 15. Finish with the Minion fondant disc. Carefully remove the fondant disc from the greaseproof paper and position it on top of the buttercream. 16. Enjoy! 
Notes: a) When making the cupcake batter, consider weighing the cracked eggs first to ensure the batter has equal weight of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Simply weigh the butter, sugar and flour to the same weight as the eggs. Of course the value may be slightly different to the 210g listed in the ingredients above. b) Consider warming your lightly beaten eggs over a bain marie especially if they feel particularly cold. Warm them until they feel lukewarm. This should help prevent the batter from curdling and produce a better cupcake sponge. c) Why not hollow out the cupcakes a little to provide a secret filling of jam or even chocolate ganache before decorating with buttercream and the fondant disc. d) If you don't have a large cookie cutter or fondant tools, improvise. Consider using a glass tumbler in place of the cookie cutter. A small tooth pick can be useful too when working with fondant. e) Rather than buying grey fondant, consider kneading together white fondant with a small amount of black. Likewise, for the brown fondant add a small amount of yellow and black to a larger piece of red. Knead together well until no longer streaky. f) Aim to keep your hands and utensils as clean as possible when working with different colours of fondant. Black, especially, can soon discolour other fondants.



 

 

 

 

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22 comments:

  1. These cupcakes are too cute..this will be hit at any party..

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  2. These are really cute - how could anyone not love a minion - we had minion fever last year and this year it revived a bit for the 3rd Despicable Me film but I don't think the film was as good as the first ones esp because the minions weren't in it as much - and they got the best laughs. But I am sure your cupcakes would go down a treat here. You would even be told the correct names of each minion (as do I because I am no expert). Hope your niece and nephew get to try these as I am sure they will love them.

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    1. Ah that's interesting Johanna. We've not seen the movie yet (though i've een the trailers), strange that the Minions haven't featured in it as much as the previous two films - as you say they were a majot part of the film's charm and humour. Hahaha, no I'm no expert in the names of the minions either 9though i seem to think one is called Stewart, though i've not a clue as to whichone). I suspect our nephew would happily enlighten us :-)
      Angela x

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  3. They are soooo cute Angela :* :* They can instantly cheer kids up!! I might make them for my nephews birthday! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome Deepika, they certainly put a smile on the faces of those we shared them with - kids and adults.

      Angela x

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  4. These are fantastic Angela and it's great the video is so detailed. It's really helpful for people who don't make things like this very often but want to attempt to for a kid's birthday party. I know they would be so so popular! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

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    1. Aw thankyou Corina, and you're welcome it's such a great linky,
      Angela x

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  5. Wow, Angela, congratulations on the fabulous video, it's a mini film really, so professional! Well done! Meanwhile I can't bring myself to produce a 30 second video. The cupcakes are super cute but I am sure you know that:)

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    1. Aw thankyou so much Monika, that's so lovely of you to say :-) Though I do hope it's not toooo long. I know I needed to be quite ruthless in cropping out parts and speeding things up a bit too.
      Angela x

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  6. Angela - you clever lady! these are such fun to look at and so colourful too. Perfect Minion fondant faces - I LOVE them and I know my boys would adore them too. really wonderful x

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    1. Aw thankyou so much Jenny, that's so lovely of you :-)
      Angela x

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  7. Where were you when my little boy had his Minions themed birthday party LAST YEAR??? I could so have done with this tutorial! I can't remember what I did in the end, but I know they weren't half as good as these...also just wanted to say...your photos are so good in this post...you just keep getting better and better!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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    1. Hahaha, does he not want a Minion themed party this year too ?? ;-) Aw thankyou Eb, that's so lovely of you to say. I've finally managed to source a new plate for my tripod (seen as I lost the original one), which definitely helps prevent any small movement/shake when taking the pics....though interestingly Foodgawker have declined the image I submitted for this post!
      Thanks for your lovely comments Eb,
      Angela x

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  8. How cute are these?
    I see your reply re Foodgawker to Eb above. There is no rhyme or reason to what they accept. I have submitted pictures which I think are fab and they turn them down and ones which I am almost embarrassed by and they accept them! x

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    1. Thankyou Kate :-)
      I know, FoodGawker can be confusing can't they. I know iIve submitted some which I thought they'd decline, but I submitted them because you simply never know. And low-and behold they accept them! Thanks for your lovely comment Kate,
      Angela x

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  9. These Minion cupcakes are fantastic Angela! And the how to video was very clear and easy to follow, I think you'll get lots of mums making these for children's parties this summer! Thanks so much for linking up to #TreatPetite too

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  10. These look fabulous, taste fabulous. Thank you Angela for sharing the cupcakes. Will be deffo be using your recipe. Xx

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you you enjoy them as much as we have if you get chance to make them. Do let me know how you get on with them :-)
      Angela x

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  11. They look amazing. I saw them on social media and I thought they are fantastic. Love them.

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    1. Aw thankyou Anca, that's so lovely of you :-)
      Angela x

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