As many of you may know, I’ve taken an annual trip to Orlando with my brother Scott and fiance Ryan for the past 3 years. This year rounded out our 4th year of the spring break tradition, and since I’ve shared our trips in the past with Mickey Mouse Cupcakes and Butterbeer Cupcakes, I thought this year it was time for princesses. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened their newly expanded Fantasyland last December, and since it is the home to all of the princesses, I figured these darling cupcakes would be a great homage to this new land of pixie dust and fairy godmothers. The three of us have had such a blast on our trips, this year was no exception, and it’s nice to share my memories with all of you through some Disney-themed baked goods. So in order to honor my two favorite boys and our fun times together, the obvious choice is princess cupcakes, right??
Now it may seem a little bizarre that a girl in her twenties would choose Disney as a spring break destination for four consecutive years, but 1) I love the place (it’s truly magical), and 2) my brother is absolutely obsessed. When my grandparents spent their winters in Florida, my family would visit them in Boca and then always made the trip to Orlando for a few days at the parks. So after all those years, Scott grew accustomed to the annual trip to visit Mickey (I’m pretty sure I’ve been almost 25 times…). For those of you who may be lucky enough to know my brother personally, he is a total doll and jokester with some intellectual disabilities. He’s 20 but reads at about a 2nd grade level and can’t quite grasp things like money and time (yet). He’s truly a kid at heart and Disney World is his absolute favorite place. My Mom doesn’t share our fascination with this magical land however, so for the past few years we’ve let her stay at home with my Dad for a relaxing weekend while Ryan and I took Scott on vacation. It’s definitely a win-win situation. And when you add cupcakes to the mix, it becomes a win-win-win.
On a slightly unrelated note, a lot of people ask me when I knew Ryan was “the one”. And as cheesy as it may seem, I actually have an answer. When we took our first trip to Disney together with Scott, just the 3 of us, it really dawned on me what a great guy Ryan is. Without my parents around, Ryan had to assume a quasi-authoritative role with Scott, rather than just playing out the part of fun older brother, and it definitely tugged at my heart strings. My future will forever be intimately tied to my brother, and if Ryan was going to join that future, he had to love Scott almost as much as I do. Seeing them together on these trips helped seal the deal for me, and I’m very confident there are many more to come. Scott LOVES taking pictures with characters at Disney, and I desperately tried to get a good one with the princesses to go along with this recipe, but they didn’t come out very well and I much prefer this one of us all cleaned up before dinner at our hotel Coronado Springs.
As for the cupcakes, they were so much fun to make and really quite easy too. I found some images of the princesses online (I chose the classics – Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White) and printed them on cardstock. After cutting out the shapes (that part was kind of tedious) I taped a lollipop stick to the back and voila – princess toppers! For the skirts of their dresses I replicated the technique I used for the anemone flower cupcakes, but just did 2 layers with the top one being slightly smaller. I think it added the height I wanted without a giant mound of frosting and really looks like a princess dress! You can’t really tell from these photos, but they’re also sprinkled with a TON of disco dust and this was really, really pretty in person. If you’re making these for a party or something I highly recommend picking up some of this edible glitter because it truly makes them sparkle. Just like one of the little girls coming out of the Bippity Boppity Boutique! Of all the Disney princesses, my favorite has to be Belle. She’s smart, witty, beautiful, brunette, and she loves yellow just like me :) Who’s your favorite??
Disney Princess Cupcakes
This isn't really a recipe, just some general guidelines for decorating
24 cupcakes (flavor of your preference, I used chocolate)
1 batch vanilla buttercream (or any frosting you love)
Large petal tip (I used Wilton #127) + piping bag
Bake the cupcakes according to the recipe's instructions and prepare the buttercream as well. I chose to bake the cupcakes in liners that were color coordinated with the princesses' dresses, so feel free to do that too! If you're doing the 4 princesses I did, divide the buttercream in fourths and dye each one light pink, light blue, light yellow, and a more vibrant yellow.
To make the toppers, print out pictures of the heads and body of the princesses of your choice on thick paper. Cut them out and attach a lollipop stick to each one with clear tape.
To decorate the cupcakes, fit a decorating bag with the large petal tip and load the buttercream in. First pipe large "petals" around the top of each cupcake that go all the way to the edge. I found this tutorial very helpful for learning how to pipe petals like this. Then, for the second layer, make them slightly smaller so they don't extend quite as much. Sprinkle with disco dust and stick in the topper!
And you can stop crying, Mom, it’s just cupcakes :)