Celebrate the new live-action Dumbo film and make a batch of these adorable Dumbo Cupcakes with your kids. These are perfect for a circus-themed party too!
Disney is really killing it with the wonderful live-action movie remakes of the classics. Of course, I pretty much love anything the Disney does. There is definitely a lot to look forward to this year when it comes to Disney live-action movies, including Aladdin and The Lion King. But next up on the Disney Movie docket is the live-action Dumbo.
To celebrate the release of Dumbo, I created these adorable Dumbo Cupcakes. Or maybe I should call them popcorn cupcakes. You can go to the circus without enjoying a box of freshly popped popcorn. Whichever you choose, let’s just agree that they are pretty darn cute!
I’m not going to lie, Dumbo was not one of my favorite movies growing up. I just remember watching it and crying as a young child. Judging from my reaction when watching the preview of the new live-action version, I have a feeling the adult version of me will be doing the same. Dumbo is a movie that definitely tugs at our heartstrings. But this time I will be prepared and bring a box of tissues with me to the movie theater.
This is such a cute recipe for kids to make. It is also a great recipe idea for a circus-themed party. I used a doctored up box cake mix to make the cupcakes, but you can certainly make yours from scratch.
The “marshmallow popcorn” is what really sets off these cupcakes. Use your scissors to snip the tops of the miniature marshmallows. This gives the effect of popped popcorn. Set aside until you ice the cupcakes.
Now the fun part, stick the marshmallow popcorn on the icing. Use some Wilton Yellow Color Mist to color the popcorn. This makes it look like butter.
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 3 egg whites
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- Vanilla frosting :
- 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- Decorating ingredients:
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- Wilton Yellow Color Mist
Preheat oven to 350 degree and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners
Using a standing mixer, mix all cupcake ingredients together until combined
Follow the cupcake directions as listed on the back of the cake box.
Fill liners 3/4 of the way and bake in the oven for 21 minutes
Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Empty the bag of mini marshmallows into a large bowl
Begin making marshmallow “popcorn”.
Using your scissors, snip the top half of each marshmallow 3 to 4 spots. ( Doing this will make them look like freshly popped popcorn kernels.)
Set the prepped marshmallows aside.
Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients until creamy and stiff peaks form
Scoop into a piping bag with a medium star tip
Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes
Begin sticking the "popcorn" onto the frosting to make it look like a mound of "popcorn"
Once done sticking on the popcorn, spray spots yellow to make it look like butter.
- Wilton Color Mist Spray, Yellow
- Westcott Scissors
- Carnival Circus Red White Striped Cupcake Liners Birthday Party Baking Cups 50 Ct.
- USA Pan Cupcake and Muffin Pan
- KitchenAid KHM926CU 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk - Contour Silver
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