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Descendants Cupcakes (and Cake)

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.

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Purple and Teal Cupcakes

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.

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Disney Descendants Cupcakes

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.

Clara

Snow White Cupcake Cake

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Snow White Cupcake Dress – Simfully Sweet

This weekend I made a Snow White Dress Cupcake Cake for a three year old birthday party.  Bea is a little girl of some friends that we see at IU football games.  I have two boys, so making a princess cake was a refreshing break from construction and Avengers.

This cake had 48 cupcakes and a whopping 2 batches of buttercream icing.  Those little roses take a lot of buttercream! The buttercream icing recipe I use was in my last post found here.  I ended up adding a little extra powder sugar than my usual 9 cups to make sure I had a stiffer batch to hold the texture of the roses.  It worked great.  It was pretty simple to construct and I was pretty please with the end product. This is the pattern I decided to go with:

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Snow White Cupcake Dress before icing – Simfully Sweet

I drew it out on paper first and then marked my circles with the colors.  The main dress was pretty simple, it was figuring out how big the sleeves needed to be relative to the dress.  I stared with the body of the dress first to make sure it looked right so that I could make adjustments if necessary.  Then I did the sleeves of the dress.  Both of those sections took one full batch of buttercream.

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Snow White Cupcake Dress – Simfully Sweet

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Snow White Cupcake Dress – Simfully Sweet

 

Next up came the dress.  I whipped up a new batch of buttercream and just added my yellow gel coloring straight to the mixer.  I made sure to take out a healthy scoop of plain white before I did that so that I could do some writing on the banner and have a little extra in case something happened that needed fixing (which I ended up needing).
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Snow White Cupcake Dress – Simfully Sweet

The last little touch was adding the Happy Birthday.  There is no pretty way to write on this cake with all those roses.  So I came up with the banner idea.  It ended up adding just the right thing to the cake by bringing some red to the bottom of the cake.  The banner is made of chocolate.  I used the Wilton chocolate melts.  I melted red chocolates and put it into a bag with a number 2 tip.  I had made a template on paper and covered with parchment paper.  I outlined the design and then popped it in the freezer for a minute to set.  Then, I filled in the design and put back in the freezer.  Once set, I was able to write on the chocolate with the spare white buttercream I had set aside.

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Snow White Cupcake Dress – Simfully Sweet

That was basically it.  Now about that extra buttercream I ended up needing.  The holes in between the cupcakes that I filled, sank overnight.  So I needed to refill so that the dress looked solid.  So for future reference, I need to just go ahead and fill the holes all the way to the board from the beginning.  Other than that, I had no other real problems and it turned out as expected.  I know that won’t always be the case in the future, but I will take it!

~Clara