Look at that cute 11-year-old. Smiling, party with friends, the summer sun shining down and her favorite show made in frosting on cupcakes. Adventure Time cup cakes. Right?! Does life get better than that? I admit, I’m crafty and creative but decorating cup cakes…that’s a different story. Really, I’m not a bad cook, but this was way out of my comfort zone. But how do you say no when your only daughter asks for her favorite TV show on her birthday treat? You don’t. You warn her it might not turn out perfect but you’ll give it your best shot. Actually, they turned out great. Sometimes, I don’t suck.
What you need:
1 Box cake mix and ingredients to make it
Butter cream frosting, double the recipe (recipe below)
Classic color food coloring
Neon food coloring
Black food coloring*
Red food coloring*
Large round piping tip
Medium star piping tip
Skinny round piping tip
Medium sized blue dragees (you know, those little can balls you can decorate food with)
*I know the red and black food coloring can be found in boxes of food coloring, but I find you get a much better hue if you buy a jar of coloring gel or a bottle specifically that color. I bought mine from Jo Ann Cake Decorating & Foods Crafts at Joann.com as well as the dragees. Amazon also has dragees if you have having a hard time finding them at a craft store.
Allow me a moment to get on my soap box. There is absolutely no reason to make a cake from scratch for a bunch of kids. They are going to love the cake no matter what, and box mixes are actually really delicious. And don’t buy the expensive version! I’ve tried them all, and trust me, they are all the same.
Make the cupcakes according to the box instructions. Let them cool.
Meanwhile make the butter cream frosting. Start by creaming the soften butter, powdered sugar, and milk in a mixer until light and fluffy (on hight for about 5 minutes). Divide the frosting into 8 different bowls, equal amounts in each.
Now, let’s color the frosting, this part is actually pretty fun. I don’t actually list when to use the red, but for the pink hues you can dip a toothpick into the jar and mix to get just the right color. I recommend decorating each of the cupcakes without the black face first, then do all of the faces at once. Have fun with it, I mean, its Adventure Time after all.
For his face and jowls mix 5 drops yellow and 1-2 red. Play with it until you get the right shade of orange. Be warned, this is the hardest color to get right so don’t be neurotic about it. Once all of the cupcakes are put together it’s going to look great.
For his mouth, nose and eye background mix black. Go crazy with that food coloring. It is imperative that you have a high quality back food coloring, other wise you’ll end up with gray. I bought my black from Jo Ann Cake Decorating & Foods Crafts at Joann.com.
For his pupils just leave a bowl of frosting white.
For his face you are going for a peach color. Again, mix a little color at a time to get it right. I started with 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of neon pink.
White for his hat and the ears on top (if you choose not to use mini marshmallows).
For his eyes and mouth use the same black used for Jake.
Princess Bubblegum Colors:
For her face use 1-2 drops of neon pink food coloring.
For her hair use 5 drops of neon pink food coloring.
For her crown use 5 drops of yellow food coloring.
For her eyes and use the same black used for Jake.
Lumpy Space Princess (LSP for short)Colors:
For her body use 5 drops of neon purple.
For her star use the same yellow you used on Princess Bubblegum’s crown.
For her eyes, eyebrows and frown, you guessed it, black.
Time to frost those puppies:
This is the fun part. I admit, the idea of using so many different tips for piping frosting is intimidating for someone who isn’t’ used to using them (i.e. me). Don’t be scared! They are fairly inexpensive and fun to use! You can spring for the reusable piping bags but I just bought a 100 pack of parchment paper ones for about $10.00 from Jo Ann Cake Decorating & Foods Crafts at Joann.com. Just follow the instructions and tape the cone then cut the tip off about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Remember, you are going to need 8 piping bags total (unless you are using reusable bags in which case you’ll have to clean you bag between frosting colors).
To Create Lumpy Space Princess:
No need for a tip with this one, you’re just going to cut the bottom of about 1/2 and inch up. Simply fill the bag with the purple frosting, twist tight at the top so frosting doesn’t escape and squeeze where you twisted the bag. Start in the center of the cupcake and gently squeeze making 5 star arms continually applying pressure to the top of the bag and not lifting the tip until the star is complete.
You can use a tip in a piping bag one of two ways. Your parchment piping bags should come with a small funnel that slips down into the bag. If the opening you cut is too small just cut a little more. Now slip the medium star tip into the funnel and use the screw circle to tighten on the outside of the bag.
If you are uncomfortable or don’t have the pastry bag screw bottom, you just slide the tip into the bag.
Fill the bag with yellow and make a single star at the top of her head by squeezing lightly and lifting directly up.
Last, use the small round tip and fill the bag with black frosting and pipe on her face. I think it’s best to wait until all of the base work for each cupcake is done and then I did the black faces on all of them last.
To Create Jake:
Using a different bag insert your large round tip and fill with your orange frosting and smoothly cover the entire cupcake in a circle starting at the outside and ending in the center.
Using a different bag insert the small round tip and fill with frosting. To create the gowle use a lot of pressure and move the tip slowly in the middle of the face in a frown shape.
Then create the nose, eyes, and mouth using the small round tip with black.
To Create Fin:
Start with the white frosting in a pastry bag with the large round tip. Cover the top of the cupcake smoothly with white in the same way you covered the cupcake for Jake.
Now clean the round tip and fit it into a new bag. Fill the bag with peach. In the center of the white make a smooth oval.
You can pipe the ears of his hat on the top but we found mini marshmallows to be more fun. Just stick two mini marshmallows on the top of his hat for the ears.
For the face use the small round tip and black frosting and simply make two small dots for his eyes and, of course, a smile.
To Create Princess Gumball:
Fit the large round tip into a bag and fill with the light purple color. Smoothly cover the top of the cupcake.
Now fit small star tip in a bag and fill with yellow (you could also use a medium round tip to make her hair smoother). Pipe the frosting down both sides of the cupcake meeting at the bottom. Then create a line for her bangs about 1/3 from the top of the cupcake and fill in to the top.
Last, fit the small star tip into a new bag and fill with yellow frosting. I started on one side of the hair and swooped to the top center. Complete by doing the same to the other side. Finish the crown with a single blue dragee at the top.
For the Faces:
Here’s what they will look like faceless (don’t worry, it’s not scary).
Fit a pastry bag with the small round tip and fill with black frosting. Using the pictures as guides make each of the faces using black. While I was doing this I found that all of my small dots had sharp tips from where I lifted the bag. This is an easy fix! I just got a cup of warm water and dipped my finger in and patted down the spikes.
Adventure Time Achieved! Happy Birthday, Olivia!
- 1 Box cake mix to include ingredients called for on box
- 2 Cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 Cup butter (softened)
- 2-3 Tablespoons of milk
- 1 box classic food coloring
- 1 box neon food coloring
- 1 bottle red food coloring
- 1 bottle black food coloring
- handfull mini marshmallows
- handful blue dragees
- piping bags
- #808 large circle piping tip
- #18 small star piping tip
- small circle piping tip
- Make cupcake cake mix according to instructions on box. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
- In a mixer mix the softened butter, powdered sugar and milk until light and fluffy (on hight about 5 minutes).
- *Remember to double the recipe
- Follow decorating instructions on blog page.