Back in December, my one and only niece turned six! I adore my niece and would give her the world just like my own littles. She is my dose of girl in a world of boys. She is the one I get to buy the cute girl clothes and she lets me braid her hair. So when my sister-in-law asked if I would make her cake…the answer is always yes. She was having a Disney Descendants party. As aforementioned, I have a house full of boys, so I had no idea what she was talking about. After a little bit of education on the internet, I was quickly up to speed and on task.
My SIL wanted cupcakes for the kid party, and a cake for the family party that followed. The reason cake is an afterthought in this post is because I DIDN’T TAKE A PICTURE! But I will get to that in a bit. As for cupcakes…lots of pictures, so lets start there.
Without going into the full Descendants background, here is where the theme derived. The main characters are the children of the classic Disney villains that are trying to adjust to life outside of their normal island of exile while attending prep school in the kingdom. My nieces favorite Descendants characters are the girls, Mal and Evie. Mal is the daughter of Maleficent and Evie is the daughter of the Evil Queen. Their “colors” are purple and teal. Since it is a live action show, there are no cutesy characters to put on a cake or cupcakes. So I ran with those colors and the shows logo.
The cupcakes were chocolate with a buttercream that had been colored with teal and purple and topped with a Descendants logo cupcake topper. To start, I made the cupcake toppers well ahead of time out of royal icing. Royal icing will basically keep forever and it allows for pretty good detail. I started with printing a template and placing wax paper over the paper on a cookie sheet. I made the toppers over two days doing the red apple the first day and the yellow vine the next. Once completely dry, I stored them in an air tight container until I was ready to make the cupcakes.
When it was time to make the cupcakes, I topped each with a swirl of teal and purple buttercream icing. This is done by putting a piping bag of each color into a larger piping bag and swirling like usual. While easy, it has a fun effect.
Once the icing was on, I topped each with one of the Descendant logo toppers I had made the night before. I love how they turned out.
Now for the cake that I did not take a picture. It was a two tier cake. The bottom was purple and the top teal. Both tiers were covered in rosettes. I put an extra cupcake topper on top to tie the cake to the theme specifically. The reason I didn’t take a picture was because I had transported the tiers separately and built it up at my niece’s house as the party was getting started. So once I was finished, I went right into being at the party and never thought of it. I guess, for once, not being connected to my phone and just enjoying my nieces day was not such a bad thing. 😉 Happy Birthday Samantha.