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From Gru to You – the Perfect Minion Cupcakes!

From Gru to You – the Perfect Minion Cupcakes!

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to celebrate any special occasion, you’ve come to the right place. These Minion cupcakes will surely put a smile on everyone’s face – young and old. So what are you waiting for? Get baking!

From Gru to You – the Perfect Minion Cupcakes!

What are Minions?

Minions are small, yellow creatures who have appeared in the Despicable Me movies. They are loyal and helpful to Gru, the main character, and often get into mischief. The Minions have become very popular since the first movie was released in 2010, and there are now all sorts of Minion-themed merchandise as well as beloved by most kids.

What Kind of Minion Cake?

If you have ever wondered what kind of Minion cake to make for a party – go with cupcakes. Everyone gets their own Minion, portions are all the same size, and it is easier to serve them!

Minion Cupcakes with Twinkies

I have seen these, and although they are cute? They take more ingredients than I use for these Minion cupcakes and are more difficult to transport than mine. I ALWAYS see people putting the minions back upright on the cupcakes when the Twinkies have shifted during transport.

They end up looking less attractive and seeing you touch the food before you serve it tends to turn people off.

Our cupcakes are flat, use fewer ingredients, and are very easy to transport. They also hold up better over a while as Twinkies tend to dry out.

cute Minion cupcakes

How do I make these adorable cupcakes?

The chocolate cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 C boiling water

How to make Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.

Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.

Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.

Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend until the batter is smooth.

Using a medium scoop, fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes clean.

Allow them to cool slightly before transferring to wire racks.

What you need for Minion Cupcakes :

What you need for Minion Cupcakes
  • A box of chocolate cake box mix along with all the items the box asks for on the back, usually eggs, oil, and water.
  • Yellow buttercream frosting in a piping bag with a large cut tip
  • Gray and black buttercream frosting in separate piping bags with small cut tips
  • Large Sugar decorative eyes

Minion cupcake tutorial

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Take your cake mix and add the ingredients it asks for. Fill your muffin tips cups 2/3 full of batter and bake per the box instructions.

Let them cool completely.

Frosting Your Minion Cupcakes

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

Add a large plain tip to your decorating bag

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off.

yellow frosted cupcake

Use the yellow buttercream to pipe a smooth flat swirl onto each cupcake.

adding a minion eye

Add 1 or 2 sugar eyes to the cupcake – this depends on if you are making Dave or Stuart.

grey goggle eyes on a minion cupcake

Use the gray buttercream to outline the eye or eyes for the goggles, then use the black buttercream to make the goggle straps.

goggles finished on a minion cupcake

Your minions are ready for mischief!

Minion Cupcake FAQs:

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the cupcakes 1-2 days in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. The frosting can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week. Let it come to room temperature and re-whip it before piping it onto the cupcakes.

What if I can’t find the large sugar eyes?

You can use regular-size sugar eyes.

Can I use a different color frosting?

Yes! If you have seen the movies, you know some Minions may come in purple…

How do you store Minion Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days.

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