It had to happen some time. I have always loved Disney cartoons and had always wondered at the creative genius behind the marketing person who dreamed up marketing the Disney Princesses as a product by itself. So when I got the request for Disney Princess inspired cupcakes... YAY!
I wasn't sure I'd do a good job making the Disney Princesses with gumpaste and figured they will look prettier if it was the actual figurines themselves and R who ordered these cupcakes for her daughter's 3rd birthday liked the Princess cupcakes I made a few months ago so requested for something like that. We spun a lot of ideas and finally decided on a customised cake/dessert stand so we can put the smash cake on top, R had a good idea of standard sized cupcakes and mini ones to break up the symetry a bit and have the frosting in Disney Princess colours.
I got the idea for the cake stand from Cake Journal who has a good tutorial on how to make your own. I had to get some of the material from Malaysia (the cake boards) as I could not find good thick round ones here. I got cake dummies as base for the tiers. These were made from styrofoam and you can buy them from Wilton Deco. I managed to get wrapping paper that went well with the frosting colours too.
R chose Strawberry for half the mini cupcakes, Rose flavour for the standard cupcakes and Mud Chocolate for the cake and the other half of the mini cupcakes. The designs for the cupcakes may have been simple but the colours made them so appealing! I created a special design with 3 hearts on top of the cake so R could put 3 Disney Princess figurines on top whch would have completed the look but she didn't in the end as she was afraid she would ruin the cake. ^_^ I heard the party was fabulous and the birthday girl had a great time.
The cake stand was customised to compliment the colours of the icing. I got the idea to make a cake stand from Cake Journal. I decided against using a single coloured paper to make it a little more fun. Look under Cake Journal's tutorials to learn how to make it, I can't add the link here as the site is temporarily down.
|These are the mini strawberry cupcakes freshly frosted and topped with a sugarpaste flower.|
|Standard sized cupcakes with super pink frosting topped with a sugarpaste butterfly lovingly brushed with petal dust and sprinkled with sugar pearls.|
|These butterflies were quite easy to make with a plunger cutter. Dusting it reminded me of art class when I was in school.|
The finished cupcakes all packed and ready to go.
|The cake stand with the top base missing as that would be assembled on site.|
|The finished product. The Disney Princesses are to stand on top of the hearts on the smash cake.|