Despicable Me Minion Surprise Cupcakes Recipe

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Today I’m going to share with you OUR version of the ever-popular Minion cupcakes and goodies that have been floating around online since the previews for Despicable Me 2 have started to show.  I decided to do them as simple as I could- and with a surprise twist that might surprise you.  If you remember, I’ve been doing a series of dessert avocado recipes as part of my partnership with Avocados from Mexico, and I decided we’d make the cupcakes themselves a little bit more nutritious while keeping them delicious!

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Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 24
 
Chocolate cupcakes with avocado replacing the oil This recipe is modified from Mom's Chocolate Cupckaes on Food.Com
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup mashed avocado (or a little extra!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients until well blended (by hand or mixer)
  2. I mix on medium speed in mixer for 3 full minutes.
  3. Oven to 350

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 Now, once you have the cupcakes baked and cooled, you can frost them.  Of course, you can use whatever frosting you like.  I had less than no time so I used the spray-ish kind the kids insisted on buying…

minion-cupcake-fondantWhat you need to make the minions:

Some of our cupcakes, I covered with blue fondant from Satin Ice. Others are just frosted.

Grab a box of Twinkies for some Minion fun.

I also bought Wilton candy eyeballs - I’ve seen cupcakes like this all over the internet but everyone seems to be using Smarties candy and black icing.  I made it easy on myself and used the candy eyes.

For the hair and mouth, I used chocolate shots (some of you call them sprinkles, or jimmies. I call them shots).

You can also get some black icing to do the mouth and glasses with.  To be really honest- I didn’t do it- I didn’t have it and I decided that I’d go for “real” and not perfect for this post.  The cupcakes are moist, they are delicious, and everyone who’s SEEN the cupcakes decorated as Minions has loved them.  They are perfect in their imperfection.  But really you can just have some fun and play around.  Do the glasses…or don’t!

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We did, if you notice, also use some full sized Twinkies for Minions.  I’ve seen them around with arms and without- we found them hilarious without the arms and decided to leave them be. I also let the kids help.  These are FUN.  Healthier because they have avocado in place of oil or butter.

Cupcakes are fun. Minions are funny.  Cupcakes that are minions are awesome.

 

 

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  • These are really cute and they look so yummy!!. A great way to dress up cupcakes, thank you for sharing!!

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  • OMGosh, these are adorable!

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  • These cupcakes are so cute I would never thought of using the twinkies for minions.

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  • I LOVE THIS!

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  • I LOVE anything decorated like Minions. These are cute, but look delicious, too!

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  • thanks for the know how to do this I love these

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  • These are absolutely adorable! I’m looking at them with my girls and they are now dying to make them! Thank you!!

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  • These are adorable.

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  • i bet those went down quick they are qute

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  • These cupcakes are so cute. I am now intrigued by using the avocado.

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  • These are great. I pinned, and it almost makes me want to try fondant which I’ve never had much success with.

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  • Very cute! My girls would like these! They liked the first Despicable me movie and we look forward to seeing the second one!

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  • I think it’s kind of hilarious that you went to the trouble of subbing the avocado…and then put twinkies on them. :)

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  • Got to try these for my fiace’s birthday. He’s a minion freak! Loves the movie.

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  • I really like your version of the Minion Surprise Cupcakes — I think they would be a great with the kids — would be perfect for an upcoming birthday party. Thanks!

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  • Those are cute.

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  • I have heard about chocolate avocado cupcakes, and these are so cute.

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  • oh wow so cute :D

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  • These are adorable. Did you substitute the avocado for oil?

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    • yes. it can substitute for butter or oil

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  • Those are so adorable! I really love cupcakes but mine are always plain. I need to start being more creative :)

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  • my 5 year old grandson would just love to help make these….we always bake something together every Saturday. Thanks for the idea!

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  • These are super cute. I actually made a Minion dessert a couple weeks ago that I need to write a post about!

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    • oh, i will keep my eye out, stef.

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  • Wow the tops look just like Twinkies!

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  • Wow the tops look just like Twinkies!

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  • Oh my gosh! The minions are sooo cute! My daughter watched Despicable me 2 and they instantly loved the minions. I sure am going to try this recipe and see they’re reactions once they see the minion cupcakes. :)

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  • Oh my goodness…this I HAVE to try!!!

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  • Isn’t it amazing how well avocados pair with chocolate. Every time.
    Love those Minions. I haven’t seen the movie but the crafts and treats I see are fun!

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  • ahhh, so cute! haha i never thought of using the twinkies for minions, but they work perfectly!

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  • OMG… these are too cute… you are SUPER MOM.. could you deliver a box to my house tomorrow…. LOVE them.. I may have to borrow this recipe…. Sooo sooo cute…

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  • wow !!!!!!!!! how ool are those very creative

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  • these are so cute I cant wait to make them

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  • Oh my goodness those are ADORABLE!!! I must make some of these!!

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  • Awwwww, it would be hard to eat them as they’re so cute. However, I would!

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  • I love this recipe. They are too cute!

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  • I never would have thought to use avocado in cupcakes! The minions are SOOO cute!

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  • Adorable!!!

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  • Super cute! I bet they are delicious too!

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  • Those are adorable!!! I love them, I am keeping this in mind for my daughter’s 3rd bday party this December!

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  • So I checked out how you made these because I thought they were too cute not to try making with my boys; then I saw the avocado and understood the “surprise” factor in their name haha. I’ve never tried (or heard of for that matter) baking with avocado, but youve certainly peaked my curiosity and have me wanting to give it a try!

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    • its actually a really great way to get some healthy fats in place of bad fats — and i’ve found especially with chocolate it makes them very moist without making them taste different

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  • These are absolutely adorable! Pinned this and will be making some for sure.

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  • mmm those look and sound delicious!

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    • they were. i wish we still had some.

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  • Oh my goodness! Super cute and clever… totally love that! Also love the use of avocado in this recipe, neato!

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  • Those are just the cutest things ever!

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