Despicable Me 3: Minion Cupcakes!

Despicable Me 3 was released today and can I just yell, I AM SO EXCITED! Partially because the plot looks good, and mostly because there will be MORE MINIONS. I love the minions. They’re so happy all the time, it’s impossible to be sad when you see them. And, I dearly love a good laugh!

In honor of movie number three, I decided to go all out with minion mini cupcakes. This is a testament to how much I adore these guys; I pulled out all the stops: Fondant for the eyes and food dye. So much dye. More than I’d care to admit. I wouldn’t have done this for any other character, movie nor otherwise. The minions, however, are super worth it.


I went with mini cupcakes because regular cupcakes just won’t do. Minions are mini, after all. To color them, I used Wilton food gels in golden yellow and azul. I decided to forego the cupcake wrappers so that the wrapper color would not impede the minion aesthetic.

Yes, I’m a little bit obsessed.

The eyeballs were also pretty easy. (Believe me, I wouldn’t have tried if they were difficult to make. Maybe I would, because, minions, but then again, I am lazy.) I made some cheater-pants fondant out of marshmallows, and drew the eyes using Americolor edible pens.


I had some serious thoughts about dyeing my fondant blue and then drawing Gru’s symbol on top, but by the time it came to actually executing the idea, I was overwhelmed with too many cyclops eyeballs and no will to continue on. Fondant is messy, and I didn’t care to scrub powdered sugar from obscure places in the kitchen.


This was an all-day affair…but do it for the minons! I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself for coming up with this on the fly. Maybe it’s time to revise and make a few tweaks!

I smashed a bunch of recipes together to create these minions, so here they are:

-Despicable Me 3: Minion Mini Cupcakes-


Make the fondant the day before, then wrap tightly in plastic and foil to seal.


(From Georgetown Cupcake’s Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne)

1 stick (0.5 cup/113 grams) softened unsalted butter

1.25 cups whole milk, room temperature

2 eggs, room temperature

1.75 cups/347 grams sugar

2.5 cups/240 grams flour, sifted

2.5 teaspoons baking powder

0.25 teaspoon salt

2.25 teaspoons vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Gently mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Combine milk and vanilla.
  4. Beat butter and sugar until pale, 3-5 minutes on medium-high speed.
  5. Add eggs and beat until fluffy, 1-2 minutes
  6. Add half the flour mixture and beat on low speed, then add half of the milk. Repeat.
  7. Line cupcake tins with liners or butter and flour (or spray with nonstick spray and flour). Fill tins two-thirds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cake springs back when pressed.
  8. Cool completely before icing.

American Buttercream

3 sticks unsalted butter (1.5 cups/226 grams), softened

1.5 pounds powdered sugar, sifted (kinda optional)

0.5 cup whipping cream or milk (water ok)

1-2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Wilton food gel, “golden yellow”

  1. Beat butter until pale, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar and pulse to combine. After sugar is completely incorporated, turn mixer to medium high speed for another 2-5 minutes.
  3. Scrape down bowl. Set mixer to “stir” and slowly add whipping cream until you reach the desired consistency. Add vanilla and whip at medium high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  4. If using, add food coloring, a drop at a time, until you achieve the desired shade.



  1. Roll out your fondant with a generously-dusted (with powdered sugar) rolling pin to 0.25 inch. Using a 1-2 inch cutter, cut out rounds for the minion eye.
  2. Use an edible marker to draw the minion eye and goggle outline. You can also do two eyes using a smaller cutter.
  3. Pipe round blobs of frosting onto the cupcakes. I used an Ateco 807 tip. Top with minion fondant eye and press gently to adhere.
  4. Take lots of pictures. Eat. Maybe don’t eat the fondant.

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