Getting into the holiday spirit with these Hidden Mickey Christmas Tree Cupcakes.
These chocolate cupcakes are filled with Disney's Grey Stuff Copycat Recipe and topped off with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, made from ice cream cones, buttercream, Mickey sprinkles and powdered sugar for snow.
It's Christmastime at Disney Parks and what better way to bring the magic home than with these cute Hidden Mickey Christmas Tree Cupcakes. Not only are they adorable, but they have the most delightful surprise filling.
Many of you Beauty and The Beast fans are familiar with the Grey Stuff. If you have never had the pleasure of trying this Disney treat, now is the best time!
What is Gray Stuff
I'm not sure what comes to your mind when you think of "Grey Stuff." It doesn't sound all that appealing to someone who's never tried it before. But let me tell you, it's anything but that!
The Grey Stuff is essentially cookies and cream in my opinion. All you need is some chocolate pudding, ground up Oreo cookies and whipped cream. That's it! How easy is that?
This filling goes perfectly with these chocolate cupcakes or even red velvet, which is the way Disneyland serves it.
Tips For Making The Best Christmas Tree Cupcakes
- Use a Wilton 6B tip to pipe buttercream onto the ice cream cones. If you don't have this size tip, any small size star tip will work.
- I love to incorporate store bought items and homemade items whenever I can. You can use any store bought frosting or if you're feeling up to making your own, you can use my Vanilla Frosting Recipe here.
- The original Grey Stuff Copycat Recipe uses Cool Whip. I like my Grey Stuff a little more stiff so I make my own whipped cream.
- Christmastime always makes me think of snow, so I added a light dusting of powdered sugar. Not only does it give it that whimsical feel, but it also adds a bit of depth and realism to the trees.
- For my sprinkles, I used a variety of colors and shapes.
- Holidays are about traditions so make it a family affair and let everyone join in on all the fun.
Step by Step Instructions
- Begin by making the Grey Stuff Recipe. This allows it time to set up inside the refrigerator while you bake off the cupcakes.
- I used boxed chocolate cake to make things easy, but if you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe, go right ahead and use that.
- Next, I make my vanilla frosting, or you can use store bought if you prefer. Make sure to set aside a small amount of undyed frosting to go around the rim of the cupcake. Once you have a nice ring of white frosting, roll it into some coarse sanding sugar to give it that sparkly snow effect.
- Next, add a couple drops of Americolor Leaf Green food color to the remaining frosting. Mix well until the frosting is streak free and a bright solid green color.
- To remove the centers of the cupcakes, I use a melon baller. It's the perfect size and doesn't destroy the cupcake.
- Fill Ziplock bag or disposable piping bag with Grey Stuff filling. Fill each cupcake cavity.
- Place sugar cookie ice cream cone in the center of each cupcake.
- Starting at the base of the ice cream cone, pipe small stars. Continue working your way to the top of the cone.
- Decorate with sprinkles.
- Give it a nice dusting of powdered sugar.
These Hidden Mickey Christmas Tree Cupcakes are filled with Disney's Grey Stuff Copycat Recipe. Each chocolate cupcake is topped off with their very own Mickey Christmas tree ice cream cone and dusted with powdered sugar for snow.
- 3.4 oz Package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 ½ cups Whole milk, cold
- 3 Tbsp Instant chocolate pudding mix
- 15 Oreo cookies
- 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp Granulated sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 Recipe Vanilla Frosting or 2 tubs store bought
- 8-10 Sugar ice cream cones
- 1 Package Wilton Mickey shaped sprinkles
- 1 Package Holiday/Christmas Sprinkles
- Americolor Leaf Green food color
- Place vanilla pudding mix, chocolate pudding mix and cold milk inside medium size bowl. Whisk until combined and slightly thickened. Cover and place inside refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Next, add Oreo cookies to food processor. Pulse until cookies are finely ground.
- Transfer ground Oreos to chilled pudding mixture, stirring until combined.
- Place heavy cream and vanilla inside bowl of electric mixer.
- Begin whisking on medium speed.
- Slowly add 2 tablespoon sugar.
- Whisk until stiff peaks.
- Fold whipped cream into pudding mixture until combined.
- Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove centers of baked cupcakes with melon baller.
- Once filling has had time to chill, add filling to a disposable piping bag or Ziploc bag. Fill each cupcake cavity with Grey Stuff.
- Pipe a ring of white vanilla frosting around the rim of the cupcake. Roll in sanding sugar.
- Place ice cream cone in the center of each cupcake.
- Take green frosting and starting at the base, begin piping small stars, working your way to the top.
- Decorate with Mickey shaped and a variety of holiday sprinkles.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
The Grey Stuff Recipe makes more than what you need for these cupcakes. Refrigerate leftover filling or serve on the side in individual bowls.
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