Are you excited about the Disney Beauty and the Beast remake? I definitely am! It’s premiering today, which is why I wanted to post these adorable Belle Inspired cupcakes. The original movie came out when I was three, and I was pretty much obsessed with that movie and Cinderella for most of my childhood. I was so excited when I first heard they were remaking the movie, and that Emma Watson was playing Belle.
These cupcakes pay homage to Belle: the character who taught me that it was okay for girls to be smart and have big dreams. She also inspired me to look past the surface and see the inherent good in everything.
To get your cupcakes to turn this deep red, you are going to need to use a lot of food coloring (I’m not going to lie). The piping technique was done with a Russian ball tip. Note: They only fit the large couplers. They create a beautiful wave that is reminiscent of Belle’s iconic yellow dress. The red roses are a nod to the red rose from the movie.
I’ve checked many craft and cakes stores but was unable find any black cherry oil. I was only able to find it online. It is basically like cherry oil, only a little more intense. By the way, These cupcakes would be perfect for a Beauty and the Beast themed birthday party!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl beat the sugar and eggs together until light and foamy.
Add in the cooled melted butter and extracts/oils. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, stir the flour, salt, and baking powder together.Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, alternating with the milk.
Mix in food coloring (if desired). I used red with a small addition of black and brown.
Scoop batter into each muffin cavity, filling them about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when pressed.
Prepare the frosting, by creaming the butter, confectioners sugar, merengue powder, and shortening together.
Slowly add in the water and vanilla extract.
Beat on high for 3-5 minutes. It will become very light and fluffy.
Color with yellow food coloring and add luster dust (edible shimmer)and/or disco dust (edible glitter) if desired.
Put icing into a piping bag, and swirl onto each cooled cupcake.Top with a gum paste flower, and serve.