Pixar’s UP cupcakes!

I saw this idea on pinterest, and obviously it’s not done to the quality of the post I saw. I used my usual cupcake recipe with vanilla frosting. The tricky part was the board used to secure the cupcakes in place! Luckily my boyfriend came up with the idea of using 2 boards and but out the top board into the shape I wanted which created a ledge to keep the cupcakes in place.


Ingredients for cupcakes:


  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for icing:

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. in large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt20130531_194903
  2. Using electric mixer on low speed, mix in butter, milk, eggs and vanilla; beat on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes
  3. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups, filling about three-quarters full. I used the super small one to make as many balloons as I could. Make sure you make one normal bigger cupcake (this will be the house)
  4. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 18 minutes
  5. Transfer to rack; let cool completely
  6. place into the cut out cardboard
  7. make the icing and separate evenly and color each portion
  8. now frost the cupcakes and distribute the colors so it looks random
  9. frost the larger cupcake and draw on the house. Usually this would look much MUCH better with fondant, but I didn’t have any on hand, and didn’t want to make any just for one small cupcake.
  10. Draw on the balloon strings



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