Love Donald Duck? Then you are going to love these adorable Donald Duck cupcakes! Made with homemade cupcakes and homemade buttercream they are perfect for a Disney Party!
Donald Duck Cupcakes
We love Disney and we love cupcakes. Combine the two and you have amazingly beautiful cupcakes that are almost to pretty to eat. Almost. Making these cupcakes was so much fun and I am so excited to add them to our collection of Disney cupcakes. If you are having a Disney party then you are going to love these cupcakes and the rest of our Disney Cupcakes we have made.
Looking for more Disney cupcakes? Check these out!
- Frozen Cupcakes
- Goofy Cupcakes
- Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
- Pluto Cupcakes
- Mickey Mouse Cupcakes
- Baymax cupcakes
- BB-8 Cupcakes
What type of cupcakes should I use for Donald Duck Cupcakes?
For these adorable Disney cupcakes, you have a few options. You could buy premade cupcakes, without the frosting, or you can use my hack to make a box mix taste like a bakery cake or you can make homemade cupcakes.
If you are looking for cupcake flavors check out some of our favorites.
- chocolate cupcakes
- strawberry cupcakes
- blueberry cupcakes
- Blackberry Cupcakes
- Raspberry cupcakes
- Angel Food Cupcakes
- Vanilla cupcakes
Best Frosting to Use for Donald Duck cupcakes
These Disney cupcakes are best with homemade white buttercream, so I recommend this amazing homemade buttercream frosting, marshmallow buttercream, almond buttercream, cream cheese frosting or vanilla whipped frosting. It is important to use a thick frosting so the swirl holds its shape and the Daisy Duck bow on top.
Tips for Baking Cupcakes
Follow the recipe. Each cupcake recipe is different. It is important to follow the recipe as directed. all of our cupcake recipes have been tested multiple times to make sure they are perfect.
Bring ingredients to room temperature. Cupcakes will bake best when the ingredients are brought to room temperature before mixing the cupcake batter.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Before frosting the cupcakes let them cool completely. If you frost cupcakes while they are still warm then the frosting will melt.
Do not over mix. Over mixing the batter will lead to having tough and flat cupcakes. When making cupcakes you have to be careful that you don’t over mix the batter when you are folding in the flour mixture. If you over-mix your angel food cake batter your cupcakes will turn out flat. You want to mix everything just until mixed, over mixing will cause you to have rough and tough cupcakes. We all know that the best cupcake are light and fluffy.
Fill the cupcake liners appropriately. You do not want to over fill the cupcake liners. Follow the directions for the specific cupcake recipe, if the recipe doesn’t tell you how full stick to the 2/3 full rule. Which is roughly 3 tablespoons of cupcake batter per cupcake liner.
Use the best kitchen tool for filling liners. If you are working with a thick cupcake batter then you want to use a spoon or a cookie scoop to fill the cupcake liners. If it is a thin cupcake batter then use a bowl with a spout or a glass measuring cup to pour in the batter.
Use quality cupcake liners. While you might not think it matters a cupcake liner but having a quality cupcake liner will make it so your cupcakes don’t stick to the wrapper and peel off nicely so you can see the perfect cupcake in it.
Bake one tray at a time. Using the center of the oven rack and bake one tray of cupcakes at a time. This will give you the best cupcake results.
Tips for Decorating Cupcakes with Fondant
For these cupcakes you are going to be using colored fondant. You can use store bought fondant or homemade.
After making your shapes let the fondant harden. Allowing the fondant to sit out and harden a bit makes it easier to put on the cupcakes.
Use your finger or a small paintbrush to apply water. Water is what will make the fondant pieces stick to each other. You only need a tiny bit, I suggest putting it in a bowl near you and using your finger or a small paint brush to apply the water.
Use powdered sugar to dust your work space. When you are rolling the fondant to the thickness you need with the rolling pin, to keep it from sticking to your work area use a small amount of powdered sugar on the work space.
Make sure you work area is clean. Fondant can be sticky when working with it and can easily pick up crumbs that are on your work space so make sure the area is totally clean before getting started.
Keep the fondant moving when working with it. When you are rolling out fondant to the desired thickness you do not want to flip it, slowly move it by turning it slightly while rolling it out with the rolling pin.
Stop cracks. If the fondant starts to crack when you are working with it add a small amount of vegetable oil in a circular motion on the areas cracking.
How to soften fondant. Fondant dries out as it sits out. If you need to soften it some add a small amount of water to the fondant. You only need a really small amount, about 1/8 teaspoon for every 24 ounces of fondant.
How to stiffen fondant. If the fondant is to soft add a small amount of powdered sugar.
How to Color Fondant
Coloring fondant is easy using a gel food coloring just add the food coloring to the fondant and using your hands roll it in. Continue rolling the fondant around in your hands or on the counter until it is fully colored the color you want it.
I do suggest using gel food coloring as liquid food coloring adds more liquid to it and I find sometimes it is to much liquid. I like dipping a tooth pick into the gel food coloring and then dipping the food coloring on to the fondant.
I also suggest wearing plastic gloves when mixing the food coloring into the fondant so you do not get food coloring on your hands.
How to tell when cupcakes are done baking
I like to use the toothpick test when I am making cupcakes with the kids because it is easier for them to see and learn. But if you have been making cupcakes for a while you may not want to use that method.
If you are wanting an even easier method, the cupcake bounce done method as we call it is even easier. Pull the tray of cupcakes out from the oven and lightly press on a cupcake in the middle of the baking pan. If if bounces right back and no finger print is left behind then your cupcakes are done. If there is a finger print you need to bake them for a few more minutes.
How to Store Cupcakes
It is best to store cupcakes in an airtight container on the counter. Cupcakes are best to be enjoyed with in 48 hours of making them. They won’t be bad to eat after 40 hours but they will start to dry out and not be as fresh.
After frosting cupcakes you are ok to store them on the counter for a day or 2 but after that they should be stored in the fridge.
If you are storing them unfrosted you can store them in an airtight container or a plastic bag. If you are storing them with frosting on top I suggest using a cupcake storage container.
How to Freeze Homemade Cupcakes
You will want to freeze them without any frosting on them. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap and freeze on a baking sheet. Then once they are solid store in a zip close freezer bag. They will keep for up to 2 months when frozen.
To thaw, simply remove them from the freezer and defrost. Then frost as normal.
Donald Duck Cupcakes Ingredients
- 24 Cupcakes
- Buttercream frosting
- 4 cups Fondant
- Red, Blue, and Black Gel Food Coloring
- Powdered Sugar
- Piping bag
- Large star tip
- Pizza Cutter
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
How to Make Donald Duck Cupcakes
Place your star into your pastry bag and fill it up with your white frosting. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each of your cupcakes.
Dye some of your fondant red, some blue and a small amount black.
Pinch off a small amount of the red fondant and shape it into a bow tie shape.
Spread out a small amount of powder sugar onto your work surface. Roll out some of the red fondants and cut small strips to fit over the middle of your bow tie shape.
Dab a small amount of water onto the middle of each bow and place the strip of red fondant down, cutting off and extra fondant in the back. Repeat this with all the bows.
Break a small ball of blue fondant off. Roll it into an oval. Gently press it into a hat shape with one side coming to a point. Add a small piece of black fondant to the back side of the hat with a small amount of water to make it stick. Repeat it this to make 23 more hats.
Press one bow gently into the side of the frosting. Place one hat on the top of the cupcake. Repeat with each cupcake.
Disney Themed Recipes
Donald Duck Cupcakes
- Piping bag
- large star tip
- Pizza cutter
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Bake your cupcakes and allow them to cool. While the cupcakes are cooling make your buttercream frosting and make your Donald Duck Fondant Pieces.
- Dye some of your fondant red, some blue and a small amount black.
- Pinch off a small amount of the red fondant and shape it into a bow tie shape. Spread out a small amount of powder sugar onto your work surface. Roll out some of the red fondants and cut small strips to fit over the middle of your bow tie shape.
- Dab a small amount of water onto the middle of each bow and place the strip of red fondant down, cutting off and extra fondant in the back. Repeat this with all the bows.
- Break a small ball of blue fondant off. Roll it into an oval. Gently press it into a hat shape with one side coming to a point. Add a small piece of black fondant to the back side of the hat with a small amount of water to make it stick. Repeat it this to make 23 more hats.
- Place your star into your pastry bag and fill it up with your white frosting. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each of your cupcakes.
- Press one bow gently into the side of the frosting. Place one hat on the top of the cupcake. Repeat with each cupcake.