Minion Cupcakes

Minions are taking over my life, people. All my boys do is recite lines and play out scenes from Despicable Me 2. Over and over and over until the sun goes down and they are tucked tightly into their little beds. They basically only speak to one another in minion-talk these days. It's a good thing the movie is so cute and that the minions are so darn lovable! I knew Elijah would be super excited about having a minion-themed birthday party this year. He was thrilled about the minion decor and napkins and party hats. When I told him of my plans to make minion cupcakes he could hardly contain himself. He insisted on sitting with me while I worked so he could make sure I created Dave, Jerry, Stuart, Kevin and Bob to his very detailed specifications. He told me exactly what style of hair and eye(s) each of them had and how tall each was.

These are SUPER easy to make. I thought they would be way more time-consuming than they turned out to be. If you, too, have a minion-lover, give these a try! They were a huge hit at Elijah's birthday party. The adults loved them, too!

Elijah is not home right now to help, but I'm pretty sure this is Jerry and Kevin.

I couldn't fathom making a bunch of minion cupcakes without making at least one crazy purple guy! Instructions on him are condensed and at the very bottom of the post.

Supplies you will need:

A box of cake/cupcake mix of your liking (plus necessary ingredients listed on package)

Container of white frosting

10 Twinkies (or Cloud Cakes)

Blue food coloring (and purple, if you'd like to create a purple guy)

20 cupcake liners

Black tube of decorating gel

Candy eyeballs (I found these very easily at WalMart in the baking/decorating aisle; a good alternate would be Smarties candies with dots drawn on "eyes" with edible black marker)

Prepare 20 cupcakes according to the package instructions.

While they are baking, scoop the frosting into a bowl and add a few drops of blue food coloring. Mix well. Continue adding blue drops until you get a hue that matches those cute little minion overalls.

If you plan to make a purple minion or two, place a few spoonfuls of the frosting into a separate bowl and do the same thing with purple food coloring. I used the purple neon gel coloring and it was a perfect match.

Frost the cupcakes, once they have cooled.

The only complicated part of this process for me was timing. I didn't want to prepare the minion heads too soon in fear of them drying out and being inedible. Now I know that 20 yellow heads can be made in less than an hour (actually more like 40-45 minutes, if you have everything ready to go). Have your house cleaned and your dishes put away so you can spend the final hour before your guests arrive to prepare minion heads!

Cut the Twinkies in half as you go. Elijah instructed me very carefully about how tall each should be, but if you don't have a picky little one standing over your shoulder feel free to cut them right in half with a sharp, clean knife.

Using the black gel, draw a single line around the rounded portion of the minion head about halfway down.

I can't believe how huge my fingers look in these photos. Hand modeling is apparently not my thing. 

Alternate between using one and two candy eyes, unless you want more of one than another. They're all cute. Squirt a little glob of the black gel onto the back side of each eye.

Gently press the eye(s) onto the center of each black stripe. The excess gel will seep out from around the edges a bit and that is good, as it serves as the outer rim of the goggles.

Draw a cute little smile onto the minion. Add some hair. You can choose between the center part, the spiky look or the single curl.

Carefully place the heads onto the tops of the cupcakes, pressing down gently.

For the purple minions, cut a Twinkie at about the 3/4 mark. They should stand a little bit taller than the yellows. Place it on its cut end on a flat work surface. Using a knife, spread the purple frosting around its entire surface, going up and down with the strokes. Place an excess of frosting on the top and swirl it around with the knife, creating the crazy hair.

Repeat the same process from above with the goggles/eyes. Since this one needs to be constructed while being upright, I had to hold the eyes in place for a minute so they didn't slide down.

For the mouth, create a frown with the gel. Using a knife, cut a candy eyeball (or a Smartie) into uneven pieces. Dab one side with gel and push them in gently above the frown to create the crazy teeth.

Insert a toothpick into the top of his head and hold onto it while pushing a spatula underneath the minion. Transfer it to the top of a purple-frosted cupcake and carefully remove the spatula (and then the toothpick). Spread extra purple frosting around the base of the minion and spread carefully with a knife to create a seamless look.

Enjoy! They are so fun and cute, aren't they?!

Minion Cupcakes

Bring those cute, silly little minions from Despicable Me to life!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Feb 26, 2014

Serves:

20

Total time:1 hr, 30 min

Minion Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Box of cake/cupcake mix (plus necessary ingredients listen on package)
  • Container of white frosting
  • 10 Twinkies (or Cloud Cakes)
  • Blue food coloring
  • 20 cupcake liners
  • Black tube of decorating gel
  • Candy eyeballs (found at Walmart or Target; alternate: Smarties candies with dots drawn on the “eyes” with edible black marker)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare 20 cupcakes according to package instructions. While they are baking, scoop the frosting into a bowl and add blue food coloring. Mix well and continue adding drops until you reach a medium blue. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them.
  2. Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving these cupcakes, begin the process of making the minion heads. Cut the Twinkies in half as you go. Using the black gel, draw a single line around the rounded portion of the minion head about halfway down. Alternate between using one and two candy eyes. Squirt a glob of the black gel onto the backside of each eye.
  3. Gently press the eye(s) onto the center of each black stripe. Draw a smile onto the minion and add hair (center part, spiky look or single curl). Carefully place the heads onto the tops of the cupcakes, pressing down gently. Serve!