Today I am combining two of my favorite things – red velvet cupcakes and Mickey Mouse cupcakes for the most awesome Fabulous Red Velvet Mickey Mouse Cupcakes that uses Oreo Cookies for the ears.
Now yes, this recipe is from scratch and set up to make a smaller batch – as we see smaller groups from COVID-19 issues right now. The recipe for the red velvet Mickey Mouse cupcakes makes about 9 cupcakes when all is said and done, but you can easily double or triple it.
Red Velvet Mickey Mouse Cupcakes
I know it uses red food coloring instead of red velvet extract in this recipe – I was out of it and tried to improvise. It actually worked out nicely and the final results were not only tasty, but colorful.
Everything in moderation, right?
Let me just give you a sneak peek at what I am sharing today – go ahead – click the play arrow!
Doesn’t that just look easy to make and yummy? Trust me – they are!
Now, why do I love Mickey Mouse?
It takes me back to my childhood. I was born in the late 60’s and remember watching the “old” Mickey Mouse Club after school in all of it’s black and white glory. Just look at this fun video of the intro:
That song will stay with me to the day I die, LOL! Honestly, I didn’t think the reboot was any comparison to the original, but hey – they tried.
Other Mickey Mouse Treats we have made before:
We have made this Mickey R2D2 Cupcake Recipe and here are a few things on our main recipe site:
- Mickey Mouse Incredibles Treats
- Seasonal Mickey Mouse Witch Sugar Cookies
- Mickey Mouse Ding Dongs Jack-O-Lantern Treat
And a few more fun things on our Christmas Site:
- Mickey Mouse Chocolate Moose Dessert Cups
- Mickey Mouse Swirl Cookies
- Mickey Mouse Christmas Oreo Treats
OK, looking at that all in one place and I might have a little problem, LOL.
Easy Mickey Mouse Cupcakes Ingredients
Again, you could use my Red Velvet cupcake recipe for this or you can even get a box of red velvet cake mix to make the cupcakes but this is the recipe that is used for the ones you see pictured.
For the Mickey Mouse Cupcakes You Will Need:
- 1⅛ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1½ tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp real vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp red food coloring
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
For the Mickey Mouse Cupcakes Frosting You Will Need:
- 1¼ lbs (2½ packages) cream cheese, softened
- 12 tbsp (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 2 tsp real vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2½ cups powdered sugar
- Black food coloring
Mickey Mouse Ear Cupcakes Decorations
These are the few fun things you will need for making them all look like you see pictured – I found everything on Amazon and linked to it for you.
Now, let’s make the cupcakes!
Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and vinegar.
In another small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and food coloring to make a paste.
In a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the softened butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy.
Reduce the mixing speed to low, then add one-third of the flour mixture, then one-half of the egg and buttermilk mixture; alternating until flour and buttermilk are all combined into a batter.
Scrape down the bowl, then add the cocoa paste and beat until just combined.
Fill the individual cupcake tins about ¾ of the way. TIP: use a batter spoon for the perfect amount of batter.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer the cooked cupcakes to a cooling rack to finish cooling. ALWAYS let the cupcakes cool before you frost them.
How to Make the Mickey Mouse Cupcake Frosting
In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until combined and smooth.
Reduce speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
Add black food coloring until the frosting is black; about a tablespoon and a half.
Mickey Mouse Cupcakes Design
To decorate, fill a piping bag with frosting. Use the tip of your choice (round or star tips work best), frost the cupcake by making a circle from the outside to the inside, swirling the icing into a dome.
Place two mini Oreo cookies on the sides for ears and sprinkle the top of the cupcakes with Mickey Mouse Cupcake sprinkles.
Just look at your Mickey Mouse Red Velvet Cupcakes!