Friday, June 11, 2010

Behind The Cupcakes: Hey Mickey!

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes For Des' 1st Birthday
Ordered By:
The Martinez Family
Occasion: Des' 1st Birthday
Flavor(s): Vanil
la Bean with Red Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate with Yellow Peanut Butter Frosting
Theme: Mickey Mouse
Does anyone else remember the words to the Mickey Mouse Club song? Because every time I tried to sing it while making these cupcakes it came out "Hey Mickey you're so fine! You're so fine you blow my mind HEY MICKEY!" Try working with that song stuck in your head for THREE DAYS! We LOVED doing this order of Mickey Mouse cuppies for the Martinez family because it involved two of our favorite things: cupcakes and Disney! Right from the start we knew we wanted to make cupcakes with big round ears - but we had a little trouble deciding which kind of Mickey we wanted to use as the centerpiece.There are so many different kinds of Mickey's! There's old school Mickey, Sorcerer Mickey, 90's Mickey, Classic Mickey and then that new fangled 3-D Mickey. We were going Mickey crazy!
Then Des' mom sent me this adorable invitation that they made for the party:How cute is that? The colors and shapes reminded me of a little solar powered bobblehead Mickey figurine that my brother bought the last time we went to Disneyland. Does anyone else have one of these? They are so much fun to stare at. I'm not even going admit how many long I've spent watching their little heads bob from side to side. Let's just say it's a lot.

I decided to use bobblehead Mickey as the inspiration for our cupcakes. Here is the original sketch:
And from there, our little fondant Mickey was born.
We decided to go with a yellow, red and white color scheme for these cupcakes (to match Mickey's chonies and shoes). We were lucky enough to find little red and white Mickey sprinkles at "Do It With Icing" that matched perfectly. Normally we use a small/medium piping tip to frost our cupcakes, but we needed to pile on the frosting a little higher to make the ears stick up. So we decided to use a large flower tip and instantly fell in love with the results! Not only was the bigger tip easier to use, but it also gave our cupcakes some height - which is exactly what we were looking for!
If you look at the original sketch, our Mickey originally had little feet. We tried it out but for some reason they looked odd so we decided to make him feetless. We didn't have time to make Minnie Mouse, but we did manage to make Mickey's best friend and arch enemy Donald Duck.

Then of course we had Mickey's chonies!
And his shoes
and his ears
We also made a few mini's
And of course we had to make a special cupcake for the birthday boy!
Happy First Birthday Des!!

And that concludes the story behind our Mickey Mouse cupcakes! Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of our little fondant friends while I was making them. It's definitely on my to do list for our next order. One of my goals for this blog is to do a photo tutorial on fondant so that you guys can try some of these designs for yourselves! But it's a little hard to sculpt fondant finagle the camera at the same time. (That's right, I used the word "finagle!") We'll figure something out.

Until Next Time!

*Special thanks to the Martinez family for ordering these cupcakes from us, and for letting us borrow your pictures!! We love you guys!

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