Guest Post by Megan
With Despicable Me 2 out in the theaters right now, I decided to make minion cupcakes for my 7 year old’s birthday. Who doesn’t love some cute little minions? They were so easy to make and were a hit!
First, I started out by making some simple chocolate cupcakes using a Betty Crocker recipe:
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
Heat over to 350 degrees. Spray cupcake liners with non-stick cooking spray. Beat all ingredients with electric mixer until combined (approximately 3 minutes). Fill each cupcake cup about half full. Bake 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
For the frosting, I went with one of my favorite recipes taken from the back of the Hershey’s cocoa powder box. It’s the “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting.
1 stick butter
2/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk if needed. Stir in vanilla.
I placed the frosting into a piping bag with a small star tip and decorated my cupcakes.
I used the following ingredients:
Follow the instructions on the candy melts bag. Dip the upper half of the Milano cookie in yellow candy melt, smoothing with a spreading knife as smooth as possible and set aside on non-stick surface for candy coating to harden.
Once the yellow candy coating is set, dip the lower half of the Milano cookie in the blue candy coating and set aside to harden.
Now you are ready to add the fun details with black icing. Note: It is much easier to make the goggles around the eyes by placing a circle of black icing on the cookie followed by the eye. I learned the hard way after the first minion when I attached the eyes before the icing. It’s not easy making goggles that way. Lesson learned!
Be creative with facial expressions and details. Minions are so expressive!
These minions are posing in front of their favorite food…bananas! (Despicable Me fans know what I’m talking about, right?)
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