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Minion Cupcake Tutorial
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Minion Cupcake Tutorial

by Heather
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Here at the Cake Decorating Store we love Despicable Me, and so we've decided to bring to you our very own Minion cupcake tutorial! Learn how to make 5 adorable Minion cupcake designs that you can create for a birthday party or tea-time treat. What's more, we also have three other Minion cake tutorials so you can mix and match! These cupcakes are great for celebrations and special occasions, or just for simply showing off to your friends. Either way, these Minion cupcakes would look great on their own or surrounded by Minion-themed goodies on your party table. Let's get decorating!

you will need...

  • Yellow Sugarpaste
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Brown Sugarpaste
  • PME Round Cutter Set
  • Blade Modelling Tool
  • Ball Modelling Tool
  • Scallop Modelling Tool
  • Silver Modelling Paste
  • Edible Glue
  • Blue Cupcake Cases

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you will need...

Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Culpitt Black Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Black Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
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£1.39
Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
PME Round Cutter Set x 3
PME Round Cutter Set x 3
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£2.59
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
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£4.79
PME Ball Modelling Tool
PME Ball Modelling Tool
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£4.14
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
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£4.14
Culpitt Silver Modelling Paste 100g
Culpitt Silver Modelling Paste 100g
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£3.25
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.36
Blue Cupcake Cases
Blue Cupcake Cases
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£1.99

instructions

Bake a batch of your favourite cupcakes and allow these to cool down before you begin to decorate.

Covering The Cupcakes

1. Once you have baked your cupcakes, make sure that they have fully cooled down before you start to decorate them. When they're ready, begin by rolling out your yellow sugarpaste to approximately 3mm thick. Use the large round cutter to create several circle shapes for on top of your cupcakes. Cover the surface of each cupcake with a little buttercream and pop the circles on top.

Making The Goggles And Eyes

2. The next few steps, such as making the goggles and eyes, are the same for almost all of your Minion characters - you just have to decide how many eyes you want to give them! Start by rolling out a piece of black sugarpaste (around the size of a grape) into a sausage shape. Roll the sausage out into a long, thin, flat shape and use a cutting wheel or sharp knife to make this into a thin rectangle. The length of the rectangle needs to measure the same as the width of your cupcake, as this will form the strap for the goggles. Use the blade modelling tool to create a line along the length of the strap for detail, but be careful not to pierce through the sugarpaste.

3. Use a little edible glue or water to stick the strap across the cupcake. You should position the strap roughly 2/3 of the way up the cupcake. This will leave room to fit the eyes on top and mouth underneath.

4. There will be three parts that form the eyes: The silver ring for the goggles, the white circle for the eyeball and the brown, black and small white circles to make up the centre of the eye. Start by making the goggle(s) and eyeball by rolling out your silver modelling paste to around 2mm thick. Use a medium round cutter to create a solid circle. Take a slightly smaller round cutter (we found the wider end of a 7mm piping tip works well for this) and cut out the centre of the circle to leave you with a silver ring. For the eyeball, roll out the white sugarpaste to again 2mm thick, and cut out a circle using the medium round cutter.

5. Place the silver ring over the top of the eyeball and secure using edible glue. Stick the eye to the cupcake, again using a little edible glue. If you're only giving your Minion one eye, place this in the middle of the strap.

6. Now you'll need to make the centre of the eye. For this you'll need to use a small circle cutter, a pair of scissors and the ball modelling tool. Starting with the larger brown circle, roll the brown sugarpaste out to around 1mm thick. Cut out a circle with the small round cutter. Next roll out your black sugarpaste and again cut a circle out with the small round cutter. To make this smaller in size, you'll need to use scissors to trim around the edge of the circle. Lastly, for the white circle, roll a tiny piece of white sugarpaste into a ball. Using the wide end of the ball modelling tool, flatten this to form a circle. Place the circles on top of one another in order (see photo) and stick together with a little edible glue or water.

Making The Mouth

7. There are several ways to create a mouth for your Minion cupcakes, the first method is by using the blade modelling tool. Use the tool to create a curved line to form a smile, ensuring to indent but not pierce through the sugarpaste. You can choose to either leave the smile as it is, or to give it even more definition as we have done here, fill it in by rolling a tiny piece of black sugarpaste into a thin sausage shape. Push the sausage into the indentation and use a cocktail stick to arrange this into position.

8. To experiment with expressions, you can also use the smaller end of the ball modelling tool to create an open mouth, or use the cone modelling tool to make a sad or happy face. You can also use a small circle cutter to create a round shape out of black sugarpaste, and then cut this in half to make an open-mouthed happy face. See the tutorial photos for ideas.

Making The Frowning Minion Face

9. All of the other Minion faces, aside from the mouths, follow the same pattern. To make the frowning Minion, you will need to make an eyelid and slightly different eye. Start by making the eyelid out of yellow sugarpaste by using a medium circle cutter and slicing roughly 1/3 off of this. Stick this section to the eyeball. To make the eye, use a small circle cutter to make a round shape out of black sugarpaste and cut this into three sections (see photo 23). Stick the biggest section to the corner of the eye (photo 24).

 

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