If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you may have wondered why I refer to my other half as Disneyboi. Well, the answer is simple – he has a part time job working in the Disney Store. He is an office monkey Monday to Friday, but come the weekend he dons his uniform and takes to the stage as a Disney Cast Member (all staff with Disney are called cast members).
The Disney Store in Dundee has now been open for 15 whole years and Disneyboi with his lovely colleague Nikki are the two longest serving cast members, having been there all 15 magical years. Recently, they threw a party for cast members – past and present - and I tasked myself to make some cupcakes for the event.
Actually, that same week, he asked me to bake for the MacMillan Coffee Morning in his office, so I combined the two! I decided to make Mickey shaped chocolate cookies, for the coffee morning, and use some of these for Disney cupcakes for the party.
I had bought the Mickey cookie cutter from the Disney Store in Oxford Street, when visiting London a few months back and hadn’t had the chance to use it yet. I wanted the cookies to be quite firm, a bit like Oreo biscuit, so they would hold up well, when plunged into the cupcakes. And I wanted the cupcakes to be in yellow paper cases, with red frosting, and mini mallows as the buttons, so they kinda looked like a deconstructed Mickey. I hope you think they do.
The cookie recipe I used was from All Recipes. I doubled the batch, which yielded about 80 Mickey heads. 50ish went to the office for charidee and the rest would be used for the party.
I then found a very simple vanilla cupcake recipe from Kidspot, this made 12 cupcakes, not very many I know, but with some cookies left over, I didn’t think the ‘cast’ would mind.
When the cupcakes had cooled, I whipped up a batch of marshmallow fluffy frosting and dyed this red (I would have loved a darker colour, but I’d made too much fluff and it watered the colour down).
I piped it on top, chopped some mini mallows in half and stuck them in the frosting to look like the buttons. I then made a slit in top of the cakes and tried to stick a whole cookie in the top, but it was too big. So, I attacked them with a knife and half cookies were placed on top. And I was quite impressed with the final result.
The party went with a swing that night and there was a near riot over who could have a cupcake – perhaps I should’ve made more! Lesson learned…
I am also entering these cupcakes for Cupcake Tuesday hosted by Hoosier Homemade.