We made it! 5 days and 4 nights in Disneyworld with my brother Scott, sans-parents! Scotty has grown to expect an annual trip to Florida since for most of his life our grandparents spent their winters there, and we’d always take a trip down to visit them, stopping at Disney for a few days too. But since my grandfather has passed away, our trips to Florida have come to revolve around Scott’s LOVE for everything Disneyworld. The only problem is my mom has acquired quite a distaste for the most magical place on earth over the years — you can’t blame here after 15+ trips. So when my parents offered a free trip to Disney for Ryan and I if we took Scott off their hands and satisfied his Mickey-craving for the year, I was totally in! Especially because it was my spring break and more than anything I was just really in the mood for some Florida sunshine. To celebrate our departure, I made a few Mickey cupcakes to get Scott revved up for our trip:
I had seen these cupcakes on flickr, and did my best to recreate the magic without all that fondant — oreos are much tastier. They came out so cute and were really easy, perfect for a Mickey-themed birthday party! Here’s Scott and I with the big guy himself:
Okay, back to the cupcakes — they’re just regular vanilla cupcakes (I used boxed mix) baked in red liners, frosted, and then dipped in oreo crumbs. For the ears, I used a small round cookie cutter to shave down the size of oreos so they were more proportional for a regular-sized cupcake (mini-oreos were too small). To attach them I stuck a tooth pick in the cream center of the cookie and snuggly attached them to the cupcake. So if you make these, make sure to remind your guests to eat the ears first or they’ll get a mouth-full of toothpick! The white buttons are just chads I collected from my 3 hole punch, attached with glue after the cupcakes were baked.
It’s definitely hard to readjust back into reality — I much prefer the Florida sunshine and magic of Disney to biostatistics and renal physiology (not to mention chillier temperatures in CT)! We really had a great time, everything was easy (even though the parks were packed), and most importantly — Scott had a great time. The trip was really all about him, but of course Ryan and I got our share of the magic too. Thanks Mom and Dad for the getaway!
1 box cake mix
1 can frosting
1 package regular oreos
Red cupcake liners
Punches from a whole-puncher
- Bake cupcakes according to package’s instructions
- Allow to cool, and frost cupcakes, trying to create a rounded shape
- In a food processor, crush 1 row of cookies (I only made 3 of these cupcakes, so I’m not sure of the actual number of cookies needed for a whole batch of 24)
- Dip each cupcake in the cookie crumbs, making sure to cover all of the frosting
- Use a small cookie cutter to punch out smaller oreos
- Stick a toothpick in each small oreo, and then into the cupcakes accordingly
- Glue 2 white whole-punched circles on the front of each cupcake liner