We just got back from a whirlwind week at Disney, where of course we had to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant a half dozen times, so I thought it was the perfect time to share these Dumbo Circus Cupcakes with you!
We were just at Disney for a 2-day conference, but I decided to make the most of the flight and we stayed for a week – half of it spent at the parks, half of it spent at the pool. And now we’re home with sub-zero temperatures and I need to head to the basement soon to dig out a winter jacket and hat for Miss G… not the kind of warm welcome I was hoping for!
This is our third visit to DisneyWorld in less than a year, so we’re a lot more relaxed about our itinerary and I don’t bother trying to do it all. We go at Miss G’s pace, we ride the same rides over and over, and we head back early for supper and swimming. There are people who’ve made it their job to attempt to do everything Disney has to offer and they are still working on it – so I’ve accepted that we should focus on having a great time and do a few new things each time which makes the parks actually enjoyable.
I have no idea how we ended up having a bag of Animal Crackers in the house, but sure enough it was here! Half of the time when I’m baking I search the kitchen for ingredients that need to be used up or interesting combinations of food – and this time, those Animal Crackers seemed to need a purpose.
At the parks, they have cute Dumbo Cupcakes with White Chocolate Dumbo’s on them, so this is my cheater version! You could definitely dip the animal crackers in white chocolate before using them to garnish.
How to Make Dumbo’s Circus Cupcakes
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup of crumbled Animal crackers, optional
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 12-18 Animal Crackers, for garnish
- Rainbow sprinkles, optional
- Kitchenaid mixer
- Piping bags and frosting tips
- Cupcake pan
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring cups & Measuring spoons