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Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Bring a little Disney magic to the kitchen with these Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes made from scratch with fondant ears and peppermint frosting!

Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I’m obsessed with the peppermint swirl Minnie Mouse ears that are available at Disney during Christmas time so I had to make a replica but in cupcake form. If you love everything about Disney, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, these Peppermint Pinwheel Minnie Mouse Cupcakes are perfect for you. Not just for kids, these cupcakes are bursting with flavor and are great to make for holiday gatherings.

how to make Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

When Disney is your thing, make the Peppermint Pinwheel Minnie Mouse Cupcakes that your loved ones will fall in love with from the moment they see them and taste them. Making the cupcakes is simple and starts with a box of French vanilla cake mix along with several other ingredients, such as sweet cream butter, eggs, and milk. After easily preparing the cupcakes and giving them time to cool, you can prepare the peppermint frosting and fondant swirl ears that will go on top.

The Peppermint Pinwheel Minnie Mouse Cupcakes are great to take with you to a holiday party because both adults and children will enjoy them. Not only will they look cute and impressive, but they will also have such a great taste to them, leaving your loved ones coming back for more in no time. Get creative in the kitchen and you will have the Peppermint Pinwheel Minnie Mouse Cupcakes ready for the party in no time.

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Peppermint Pinwheel Cupcake Tips & Variations

  • If you don’t want to use French vanilla box cake mix, you can substitute for chocolate cake and that pairs nicely with peppermint.
  • Can make your own cupcakes from scratch if you are not a fan of box cake mix or don’t have any on hand.
  • Can substitute candy cane sprinkles with any holiday-themed sprinkles.
  • Make sure to make the fondant circles and bows the night before you make the cupcakes giving them enough time to dry out and harden.

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More Disney Treats

Fondant Ears and Bow (Start this step first)

Ingredients

1 package of white fondant
1 package of green fondant
1 Wilton fondant bow mold
1 mini circle fondant cutter
1 package of edible markers (Make sure there is a red edible marker)

How to Make Fondant Minnie Mouse Ears & Bow

Sprinkle some powder sugar onto a cutting board.

Roll out the white fondant into 1/4 inch thickness and cut out 48 circles of the white fondant for the ears and set aside to dry out overnight.

Powder your hands with powder sugar and mold the green fondant into a ball. Pinch off 1 teaspoon size ball of fondant and press it into the larger bow size mold.

Make 22 bows then set aside to dry out overnight.

Next Day

Using the red edible marker, draw out the lines of a peppermint candy. Color in the the lines of the candy to make the circles appear like a peppermint candy.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

Makes 22 cupcakes

1 box of French vanilla cake mix
3 large eggs, room temp
1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
1 cup whole milk

Will Also Need

Christmas cupcake liners
Cupcake pan

How to Make Vanilla Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 and line a cupcake pan with the cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, butter and milk until smooth and combined. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.

Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.

Peppermint Frosting

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
5-7 tbsp heavy whipping cream
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Will Also Need

1 large piping bag with large star tip
1 container Wilton candy cane sprinkles
2 containers crushed peppermint candy

How to Make Peppermint Frosting

Using a standing mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, peppermint and mix on medium speed until combined and smooth.

Scoop the frosting into the piping bag.

Mix the peppermint candy and candy cane sprinkles in a medium bowl.

Decorating the Cupcakes

Using the piping bag, pipe a thick wall of frosting around the edge of the cupcakes. Coat the frosting in the candy cane sprinkle mixture.

Pipe a dollop of frosting into the middle. Carefully place a green bow in the center of the frosting. Carefully place two peppermint pinwheel ears on the sides of the bow.

Enjoy!

Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 22 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 31 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour 1 minute

Bring a little Disney magic to the kitchen with these Peppermint Swirl Minnie Mouse Cupcakes made from scratch with fondant ears and peppermint frosting!

Ingredients

Fondant Ears & Bow Ingredients

  • 1 package of white fondant
  • 1 package of green fondant
  • 1 Wilton fondant bow mold
  • 1 mini circle fondant cutter
  • 1 package of edible markers (Make sure there is a red edible marker)

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 box of French vanilla cake mix
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1 cup whole milk

Peppermint Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5-7 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Will Also Need

  • 1 large piping bag with large star tip
  • 1 container Wilton candy cane sprinkles
  • 2 containers crushed peppermint candy
  • Christmas cupcake liners
  • Cupcake pan

Instructions

    Fondant Minnie Mouse Ears & Bow (make night before)

  1. Sprinkle some powder sugar onto a cutting board.
  2. Roll out the white fondant into 1/4 inch thickness and cut out 48 circles of the white fondant for the ears and set aside to dry out overnight.
  3. Powder your hands with powder sugar and mold the green fondant into a ball. Pinch off 1 teaspoon size ball of fondant and press it into the larger bow size mold.
  4. Make 22 bows then set aside to dry out overnight.

Next Day

  1. Using the red edible marker, draw out the lines of a peppermint candy. Color in the the lines of the candy to make the circles appear like a peppermint candy.

Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a cupcake pan with the cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, butter and milk until smooth and combined. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.
  3. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.


Peppermint Frosting

  1. Using a standing mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, peppermint and mix on medium speed until combined and smooth.
  2. Scoop the frosting into the piping bag.
  3. Mix the peppermint candy and candy cane sprinkles in a medium bowl.


Decorating the Cupcakes

  1. Using the piping bag, pipe a thick wall of frosting around the edge of the cupcakes. Coat the frosting in the candy cane sprinkle mixture.
  2. Pipe a dollop of frosting into the middle. Carefully place a green bow in the center of the frosting. Carefully place two peppermint pinwheel ears on the sides of the bow.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

Make sure to make the fondant ears and bows the night before you make the cupcakes so they have plenty of time to dry and harden.

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