Mickey Cupcakes

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:

Oh yea, GOO DUKE!! So excited for the game tonight, but a little bitter that this all had to happen the year right after I graduated! Oh well, it’s just as fun celebrating from afar :)

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!

Mickey Cupcakes

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

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58 Responses to “Mickey Cupcakes”

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    Baa Baa Cupcake — April 5, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    Very cute! I love the detail of the buttons on the wrapper.

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    whisk-kid — April 5, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    Aw, how cute! I agree, those details on the wrapper are perfect!

    I know someone who would go crazy for these…

  3. #
    chloe — April 10, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    adorable and yummy i think imma make them 4 my russian class

  4. #
    jbmlnm — April 10, 2010 @ 11:43 am

    So cute..gonna have to make these for the kids..they love oreos, cupcakes and Mickey! What is better!

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    Cupcake Crazy Gem — April 12, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    Wow these are so cool! I would love to make them but without a food processor I guess the oreo crushing process would be pretty tricky! Have you seen Bakerella just posted some mickey mouse cake pops today? you could make a real cute themed Disney party with those cake pops and your cupcakes!!

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    Erica — April 12, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Cupcake Crazy Gem — you don’t really need a food processor, just use a combination of a blender + some aggression taken out on the crumbs with a rolling pin! I did see bakerella’s cake pops — hers were amazing!! I’m not sure I could recreate those as well, but they definitely would make a good combo with these cupcakes

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    Deb — April 13, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    I just want to tell you that I made these this past weekend for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. She LOVES Mickey and when I was looking for ideas of what to make, I Googled Mickey cupcakes, and your website with this picture was first on the list! It was the perfect idea, and she loved them. So thank you!!!!!

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    Anonymous — May 10, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    I love this idea and want to recreate it for my grandsons 2nd birthday. I am not a baker so I thought I should practice. Good thing, after taking the cupcakes out of the oven and letting them cool, they fall and I have no rounded top. Is there a way to fix this?
    Thank you,

  9. #
    Bottle Your Brand — May 13, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    LOVE the Mickey Mouse cupcakes – too cute for words!

  10. #
    Victoria @ The Sweetest Serendipity! — May 14, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    Love these, cupcakes are cooling right now!:)

    Kim – did you use a box mix? Could be they weren’t mixed enough, the cupcake mix and eggs need to fluff. I also recommend letting the batter “rise” a bit before baking! Helps!

  11. #
    Anonymous — May 24, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    These cupcakes are adorable! I am going to make them for my son’s first birthday party. He absolutely loves MIckey. My only concern is making the ears. Wont they crumble when you cut them? and I guess I just dont understand the cookie cutter part. Please help!

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    Erica — May 24, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Anonymous — the cutting can be a little tricky, but the cream filling helps keep things together. If you’re nervous about it, just use mini oreos — they’re smaller, but still would be cute!

  13. #
    Anonymous — June 22, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    what kind of glue did you use to glue the circles on the cupcake cups??

  14. #
    Erica — June 22, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    Just Elmer’s!

  15. #
    Anonymous — June 27, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    thanks so much..was just a little concerned about the glue seeping through and the whole eating it part..lol i love your ideas they are great

  16. #
    Miranda — July 23, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    I wanted to make these for my daughter after seeing them on Pinterest. I didn’t look at your post yet and just bought mini oreos. Hopefully they don’t look too unpoportionate.

  17. #
    Tara@The Butter Dish — July 24, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Just got home from WDW 5 days ago and these cupcakes are just perfect. So creative and both WizKid and Mr. Sweet Butter would love these.

  18. #
    Nkoyo Robinson — October 31, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    these are great! my family is having a festival of the lights party this year for the lighting of Michigan Ave and I’m going to make these for the party! thanks for the great idea…

  19. #
    Anonymous — December 5, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    use mini oreos for the ears :)

  20. #
    Anonymous — February 3, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    Ok! I just made them and they are adorable!!! I used 2 rows of regular Oreos in the food processor and had lots left over even after 30 cupcakes. I did get 2 packages of double stuff Oreos and used all of them for the ears. Being thicker, they didn’t break as easy when I inserted the toothpick. I had some red with white polka dot cupcake liners too so we made minnie as well adding a bow with red decorator icing!

  21. #
    Sarah — February 3, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    I bought pink polka dot cupcake wrappers today. Going to make minnie ones for my daughters 3rd birthday!

  22. #
    Mimi — May 25, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    You could probably use mini Oreos instead of punching out big Oreos, right?

    • Erica — May 25th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      Yes, but those almost looked too mini so I found the punching worked best :)

  23. #
    Anonymous — June 16, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    How big was the cookie cutter you see for the ears?

    • Erica — June 18th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      I would say 3/4 of an inch

  24. #
    ItsMacayla — July 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    I am a nanny and I always try to find fun things to do with the kids. I did this yesterday, and it was amazing! they loved it! thanks for the idea!

  25. #
    Anonymous — August 24, 2012 @ 3:00 am

    I just made 36 of these for my son’s second birthday party – he loves Mickey! Such a cute idea and so easy. I found that the reduced fat Oreos didn’t crack as much as the regular Oreos when I cut the ears out.

    • gayatri patel — August 29th, 2012 @ 1:57 am

      hey i am also planning for my son’s 2nd birthday do you have any more idea about mickey mouse stuff and cake pls help me where can i find good and cheap stuff..

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    Cindy deRosier — June 21, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your awesome cupcakes! You can see them here:


    If you have other kid-friendly projects, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  27. #
    Joshlyn — March 12, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Do you use the whole cookie in the processor? Cream and all, or just the cookie? Thanks :)

    • Erica — March 13th, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

      The whole cookie! Enjoy :)

  28. #
    Charlie — June 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Do you remember where you bought your small cookie cutter for the ears? And is it an actual cookie cutter or would I find it under another name?? Thanks!

  29. #
    Robyn — August 6, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Does anyone know the diameter of the mini oreos? How much smaller are they than the 3/4 in cutouts made here? Thanks!

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    ucsd email iphone 5 — September 9, 2014 @ 2:46 am

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  31. #
    goggly — May 28, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

    (big mickey fan) I even have the mickey cookie cutter.

  32. #
    Jane@Cadieux et Langevin — February 12, 2016 @ 1:22 am

    I am so seriously hungry now, and that cupcake! Mmmmm….

    But always brush your teeth after each meal ;)

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    Kim — May 23, 2019 @ 12:41 pm

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