One of the pop culture phenomenons of 2018 is the craze of the Rose Gold Minnie Ears. The sparkly headbands are all the rage at the Disney Parks and the trend seems to be catching even more momentum as word gets out on social media. Minnie Mouse has always been stylish. These ears are certainly one of her best contributions to fashion. It’s also effecting the culinary world as now you can find something just as cute, but more delicious: Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes!
These Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes are so adorable. They are a chocolate and vanilla marble cake with buttercream frosting and fondant accents. It is almost too cute to eat. But, not quite. They are currently being sold at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. I won't be surprised if they make a debut at Disneyland too. You can make your own copycat version at home with this Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcake tutorial. Get ready to create some magic in the kitchen!
Start the process by making marshmallow fondant. This was my first time making fondant and it was actually really simple. So don't be scared away by the process. Pour the entire bag of mini marshmallows into a large microwave safe bowl. Melt them in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Add another minute to the time. The marshmallows will be fluffy and melty.
Add 1/4 cup of water and 1 T vanilla and stir until the marshmallows are nice and smooth and melted. Then, begin adding the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Stir between each addition. As the fondant gets thicker, it gets harder to stir.
When you have incorporated about 2/3 of the bag of sugar, stop. You need to add the food coloring before it gets too thick. This part made my fingers pretty pink. If you don't want to dye your skin, you could wear gloves.
I used almost equal parts of rose and brown food coloring. Add the dye a few drops at a time until the color is to your liking. Spread some powdered sugar onto the counter and knead the fondant with the food coloring into the sugar until the color is smooth throughout. Keep adding sugar and food coloring until you have incorporated the entire bag of powdered sugar and the fondant is rose gold. If your hands are getting sticky, rub butter on your fingers and palms to keep the marshmallows away.
Roll the finished fondant into several layers of cling wrap and place it in the fridge. Next, you’ll need to make the cupcake part of your Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes.
Make the vanilla cake mix according to the directions on the box. I usually throw in 1/2 cup of sour cream to my cake mixes to add some richness to the taste. Move the cake batter to a separate bowl and then make the chocolate cake mix according to the box directions.
Place the brown cupcake liners into the baking pan. I got my cupcake liners on Amazon here. They were super inexpensive. There are some fun gold ones in the pack if you want to make the Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears Cupcakes a little more fancy than at the parks.
Prepare a plastic frosting bag with a large round tip. Scoop about 2 cups of vanilla batter into a plastic frosting bag and 2 cups of chocolate cake batter into a second plastic frosting bag. Cut the tips off of the two plastic bags to make a hole at the top and slide them into the empty bag. Hold them upright so the batter doesn't drizzle out of the hole.
This is a clean and easy way to make swirled cupcakes. Squeeze the batter into the cupcake liners until they are about 3/4 cups full.
You will have to refill the batter bags a few times during the filling process. This should make about 42 cupcakes. That's a lot of Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes! Bake them according to the box directions and let them cool. Aren't they pretty? I love the marbled cake look.
Ok friends. I know that the Disney version of these Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Cupcakes is made with traditional buttercream frosting. But, here is the deal. The frosting recipe that I am teaching you is so much better. It tastes delicious and holds up nicely when you use it with pattern frosting tips. So, use this instead!
Whip the butter and cream cheese together until they are nice and smooth. Add 1 T vanilla and then incorporate the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. The frosting should be firm. Taste a sample. That step isn't mandatory but recommended.
Separate the frosting into two parts. You will need white and rose gold.
Add the food coloring to one of the frosting parts. Start with a small amount of rose and brown coloring. Keep adding the colors until you have the desired color result.
Work with the rose gold frosting first. Fit a bag with a petal frosting tip. It is skinny on one end and rounded bigger on the other end. Make petals around the outside edge of the cake top. I had never made petals before and it was crazy simple. Just rotate the tip in a circle as you press the frosting out.
Repeat this step so you have two layers of pretty ruffles. Start the second layer just inside of the first towards the center of the Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcake.
Then, fit a frosting bag with a large star decorating tip. Fill it with the white frosting. Add a swirl of frosting onto the center of the cupcake.
See how the petals flow out around the frosting. It is so pretty!
Give the frosting some gold bling with round candy gold pearls. Place one gold pearl on each frosting petal.
Now, comes the fun part of the Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes! Working with fondant.
Remove the fondant from the fridge. Wipe a layer of butter on your work surface. Roll the fondant out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/6 inches thick. I used half of the fondant at a time, so it was easier to work with.
Cut out Minnie Mouse ear circles. You will need two circles per cupcake. I used a small medicine measuring cup that was a good size.
You can add the circles on now or wait until you have crafted all of the bows. Cut long 1-inch strips from the fondant with a pizza cutter.
Cut the strips into sections that are 4 inches long. Fold the strip, so the ends bend towards the center. Keep space between the two layers to maintain the "bow" look.
Cut a strip of fondant that is 3/4 inches thick and 2 inches long. Wrap it around the center of the bow, so the ends meet in the back. Press the ends into place so they stick.
Use a knife to mark indents into the bow to create ribbon-like creases.
Place the ears and bow on top of the white frosting. If your fondant is kind of droopy, you can add a small squirt of frosting behind the ears to keep them nice and vertical.
I added a brush of yellow sugar dust to the bow to give it a gold glitter finish. Minnie likes to sparkle and the Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes need to reflect that!
The marble cake makes the Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes really fancy. Each bite is so elegant.
I hope you enjoy making your own Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcakes at home. There are several steps to the process, but the end result is totally worth the effort.
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