Are you a fan of Disney? If so you are going to love these super easy to make Pluto Cupcakes! This easy to make Disney Cupcake recipe is the perfect for any Disney fan!
If you are a Pluto fan then you are going to love this easy Pluto Cupcake recipe. I love making fun cupcakes and my favorite cupcakes to make are themed cupcakes. I love having fun and making cupcakes that are decorated like our favorite characters. As you all know we are big Disney fans so making Disney cupcakes, like these Pluto cupcakes is always something we love to do.
I originally made these Pluto cupcakes when we had a Disney party a few years ago and I wanted to update the photos so you could see just how amazing these cupcakes are.
If you are having a Disney party, be sure to also check out the other Disney themed cupcakes we have made too!
Disney Cupcake Recipes
- Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
- Frozen Cupcakes
- Goofy Cupcakes
- Daisy Duck Cupcakes
- Baymax cupcakes
- BB-8 Cupcakes
- Mickey Mouse Cupcakes
Tips for Making these cupcakes
Properly fill the piping bag with frosting. If you have never filled a pastry bag with frosting check out how to fill a pastry bag with frosting.
Pip frosting with a cupcake frosting swirl. If you have never made a cupcake frosting swirl, it is super easy to do. Check out how to make a frosting swirls on a cupcake to learn how.
Do not over mix. Over mixing the batter will lead to having tough cupcakes. Just mix the ingredients until they are mixed together.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. If you frost cupcakes while they are still warm then the frosting will melt.
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 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.
Can Cupcakes be frozen?
Yes they can. 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.
Variations of this recipe
When you are making these cupcakes you can change them up to fit your cupcake flavor preferences. There are lots of variations of this easy Disney cupcake recipe.
Change up the Cupcake Flavors.
For these homemade Disney cupcakes, you can use your favorite flavor cupcake. I tend to use a vanilla cupcake recipe , but you could make these with strawberry cupcake recipe or chocolate cupcake recipe or any other homemade cupcake recipes.
Change up the Frosting Flavors.
When making these easy Disney cupcakes, you are going to want to stick with white homemade buttercream. I tend to make vanilla buttercream frosting when I am going to be coloring the frosting, but you could also use marshmallow buttercream frosting or almond buttercream frosting. You could even use lemon buttercream frosting and add yellow gel food coloring to brighten it up.
Supplies needed for Pluto Cupcakes
- Piping bag
- Large star tip
- Pizza Cutter
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
Pluto Cupcakes Ingredients
- 24 homemade Cupcakes
- Buttercream frosting
- 1/2 cup Fondant
- Yellow, Red and Black Gel Food Coloring
- Powdered Sugar
How to Make Pluto Cupcakes
Make the cupcakes in the flavor you want them to be.
While the cupcakes are cooling make your buttercream frosting.
Color your buttercream frosting yellow with yellow gel food coloring.
Place your star into your pastry bag and fill it up with your yellow frosting. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each of your cupcakes.
Dye 3/4 of the fondant black and 1/4 the fondant red.
Spread out a small amount of powder sugar onto your work surface. Break the black fondant into 24 small pieces and roll them into 1/3 inch ear shape pieces.
Break off 12 pieces of black fondant. Roll them into 1/3 inch oval pieces for Pluto nose.
Break off 12 pieces of red fondant. Roll them into 1/3 inch tongue shaped pieces.
Press two ears into the sides of the frosting. Press the nose into the front of the cupcake and the tongue right underneath the nose. Repeat with each cupcake.
Easy Disney Desserts
- Frozen Themed Sugar Cookies
- Heart of Te Fiti Cookies
- Disney Frozen Inspired Oreos Pops
- Frozen Movie Chocolate Cover Pretzels
- Jack Skellington Cookies
- Piping bag
- large star tip
- Pizza cutter
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Make the cupcakes in the flavor you want them to be.
- While the cupcakes are cooling make your buttercream frosting.
- Color your buttercream frosting yellow with yellow gel food coloring.
- Place your star into your pastry bag and fill it up with your yellow frosting. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each of your cupcakes.
- Dye 3/4 of the fondant black and 1/4 the fondant red.
- Spread out a small amount of powder sugar onto your work surface. Break the black fondant into 24 small pieces and roll them into 1/3 inch ear shape pieces.
- Break off 12 pieces of black fondant. Roll them into 1/3 inch oval pieces for Pluto nose.
- Break off 12 pieces of red fondant. Roll them into 1/3 inch tongue shaped pieces.
- Press two ears into the sides of the frosting. Press the nose into the front of the cupcake and the tongue right underneath the nose. Repeat with each cupcake.
Approximately 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints on the Freestyle Program
Need more tasty recipes? Check these out!