Donald Duck Tsum Tsum Cupcakes

Donald Duck Tsum Tsum Cupcakes by BakingdomSo I celebrated my Seventh Annual 29th Birthday last week. That’s right, in keeping with the long-standing tradtion of the women in my family, I no longer age. And haven’t since I turned 29. Six years ago. It’s pretty awesome. I can still remember my grandmother, well into her sixth decade on earth, celebrating her 29th birthday. As much as I enjoyed my first 29th birthday, I’m looking forward to each new one every year. I mean, it’s quite an accomplishment to reach, say your Forty-fifth 29th Birthday, after all.

I agonized back and forth on what kind of cake I wanted this year. I briefly considered a fluffy, pink buttercream swirled, cloudy, girly confection, but I’ve been on a swirly girly cake kick for awhile, so I vetoed the fluff this year. That narrowed it down to picking one of my geek interests. This is always a dilemma. I mean, Harry Potter! Star Trek! Doctor Who!! DISNEY.

I realized I’ve never had a Disney birthday cake, so that pretty much answered the question. And Donald Duck is my spirit animal, so he was the obvious choice for theme. I had originally intended to make a whole cake, but I have a wee baby Donald tsum tsum, and he kept whispering ‘cupcakes’ at me. So I made cupcakes. Of course.

Donald Duck Tsum Tsum Cupcake by BakingdomHappy, happy cupcakes.

Sugary CupcakeThese cupcakes are deceptively simple, and you can use them as a guide to create any of the Disney tsum tsum characters.

To get the soft, plush look of the tsum tsums, I simply frosted each cupcake with white frosting, covering the tops entirely, and smoothing it out a bit. Then, I rolled the frosted cupcake in plain granulated sugar. You could use sanding sugar here, but it’s important to note that sanding sugar looks more sparkly, so you won’t get the same sort of plush, velvety look.

You can use this technique with any of the tsum tsum chracters, just using the appropriate colors and designs (black and tan for Mickey Mouse, for example).

Fondant Donald Duck Hat by BakingdomFor Donald’s wee hat, I pressed a small piece of blue fondant into a soft cornered, obtuse triangle, then I flattened the bottom a bit, where the hat will sit on the cupcake. Next, I used a black foodwriter to color a simple stripe across the bottom of the hat. To attach the hat to the cupcake, I just used a bit of frosting to hold it on as a sort of  “glue”.

Donald’s eyes are simple, small black circles that I cut from fondant and glued in place with frosting. His little duckbill is pretty self-explanatory. Just press some yellow fondant into a flattened half disk and “glue” in place. I also pressed a small line into it for my detail.

Donald Duck Bow Tie by BakingdomFor the sweet little bow tie, I used large heart sprinkles, placed points-together to create the bow. I didn’t have any red ones, so I used a red foodwriter to color some pink hearts.

Powdered Food ColoringThe finishing touch on these cupcakes was to give Donald sweet blushing cheeks. I was a bit stumped at first, until I remembered that I have some powdered food coloring for tinting macarons. I used the tiniest dab of cherry pink, applied with a small, dry paintbrush.

Easy Donald Duck Tsum Tsum Cupcakes by BakingdomOn a couple of the cupcakes, I did some red fondant bow ties, in place of the heart-sprinkle-bows. If you don’t have the larger-sized heart sprinkles, then it’s really easy to shape up some simple red bows with fondant instead. I just pinched and rolled the fondant until I had a shaped I liked, no bigs. 😉

Donald Duck Cupcakes by BakingdomWhen placing all the elements of his face on the cupcake, make sure to keep the eyes grouped close to the mouth, and set somewhat far apart. To capture the ‘tsum tsum look’, the face should set lower on the cupcake, rather than being centered.

I seriously just want to snuggle these cupcakes. They are the sweetest little guys. I dare you not to hug them.

Cute Donald Duck Tsum Tsum Cupcakes by BakingdomHug them, and then eat them… because let’s face it, they’re cute, but they’re still delicious cupcakes. 😉


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  1. Vicki Sianez says

    Adorable cupcakes, cutest little things ever! Happy 29th Birthday to you! I’m hoping you can answer a quick question for me, your last give away showed that I was one of the winners but I never received an email from you. Perhaps I typed my email incorrectly? I was just curious and hoped you could clear that up for me. It was the one for the cupcake kit. Love your blog!

    • says

      Thank you so much! These are deceptively simple to make, which is what’s so great about them! They look elaborate, but they’re really just simple frosted cupcakes with a few cute pieces of fondant stuck on. 🙂 And they could be even simpler, if you wanted to use colored buttercream for the decorations, instead of fondant.

  2. says

    Happy belated 29th birthday! My mom is perpetually 28 years old 😉 I turn 30 next year, and I think I will also be instituting the “forever 29” method of aging. These cupcakes are adorable! And I learned what a tsum tsum is. May I ask, why is Donald your spirit animal?

  3. says

    I totally LOVE your ideas!!! And I’m sure my kids do too ;o)
    I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration and you definitely cough my attention – think I’m ready to try out myself!

  4. Ivy says

    Hi Darla!
    I made the the Donald Duck tsum tsum cupcakes and the granulated sugar started glistening did you have that problem? It had looked velvety but after some time it started sweating. Thank you! :]