Leopard Print Cupcakes (pattern on the inside)

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Get wild with Leopard Print Cupcakes! Pattern on the inside! Such a fun cake video tutorial by MyCakeSchool.com! Online Cake Classes and Recipes!

In this video, you will learn how to carry a leopard print pattern to the inside of your cupcakes!

I love anything with a surprise inside, and the cupcakes are perfect for fun, funky themes, animal themes, or in this case, baby showers!

These cupcakes are meant to go along with the leopard print baby shower cake that we made in another video tutorial. However, the technique that we used to make the pattern is slightly different for our cupcakes than for our cake.

Please see below for additional details--I hope that you enjoy the tutorial!  *CLICK HERE to see the matching leopard print baby shower cake video! 

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In this video, we are using our White Almond Sour Cream recipe from the Recipes section
White Fondant (we used Satin Ice) for accents
Coloring Gels--We used Americolor Ivory to tint the bibs and circles, Americolor Super Black, and Americolor Chocolate Brown (but whatever brand you prefer is fine).  The frosting is tinted with Americolor Soft Pink
Vodka/Lemon Extract- We used vodka to mix with our coloring gels to create the "paint" that we decorated our accents with.
Buttercream- We used our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream recipe
Cocoa powder for tinting batter (optional, you could simply use coloring gel)
Piping Bags-We used 3 plastic/disposable piping bags to hold our batter. One bag with white, one bag with dark brown, one with medium brown batter
Piping Tips/Cutters- Two Round cutters for creating the bib--one large one small (I used an Ateco 847- this makes a 1 ¼ inch circle) and a standard piping tip for the small circle (I used a Wilton tip 12)-- Wilton tip 2 for piping accents, Wilton 2D, Ateco 808. 2D and 808 are optional, but are what I chose to frost my cupcake swirls of buttercream with.


Artist's Palette (A plate would be fine!)
Paint Brushes
Americolor Black Coloring Pen (optional)--I used the pen as an alternative to the brush, as well as for a design on the bib
Parchment Paper - to dry the fondant pieces on
Tylose Powder- I like to knead in a small amount of tylose into my fondant. This is optional, but makes them a little easier to work with, firmer, and they dry more quickly.


We used the White Almond Sour Cream recipe. I tinted part of the batter dark brown, and part light brown.

For the cupcakes, you do not need to tint much of the batter. For instance, if you are making a single batch of the WASC recipe, you should be fine to reserve in separate bowls about ¾ to 1 cup of the batter to tint dark brown, and ½ cup to tint light brown.

 In my leopard print cake video, you can see how I tint what will become my bowl of darker batter with 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder per cup of batter, plus a couple of drops of black and brown coloring gel.

To make the lighter shade of brown, I use a little of my darker batter, plus a little chocolate brown coloring gel.

(*We originally planned that our cupcakes would be a part of our leopard cake video, which is why we don't show this process in the cupcake video also.)

You'll prepare three bags--one light brown, one dark brown, and one plain white batter.  Then, the fun begins! ;0)

This "layering of dots" technique is what I prefer for cupcakes.  Since cupcakes are so small, you are sure to have spots exposed with every bite.  However, with cakes, I prefer a different technique that ensures that each slice of cake will have spots.    I demonstrate this in the cake video linked above.

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Interested in creating Buttercream Leopard Print? We'll show you how in this free blog and video tutorial!  Leopard Print Buttercream

Learn how to make Leopard Print Buttercream in this MyCakeSchool.com Cupcake Tutorial

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  1. Just made these fabulous cupcakes for my daughters 6th birthday party tomorrow, she is mad on leopards so these were the perfect idea! They have turned out amazingly and I can't wait to see her face when she sees the surprise inside. Inspired idea, thank you very much!!

  2. Yay! Louisa, I'm so happy to hear that you made them (and love how they turned out)!! I hope your daughter has a fabulous birthday party!!

  3. Hola Happy Sunday...
    Someone has requested for me to make this cake...
    how much should I charge for an 8 inch cake?

  4. Hi,
    Amazing !!
    Watched the leopard print cake/ cupcake videos from the UK as a brand new baker and would love to try baking the cake but unable to see the recipe.
    Can you please advise where this is along with baking times ?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Sharon! I just checked that leopard print cake post and somehow the "how to" card was deleted- I've just reposted. The recipe that we used was the White Almond Sour Cream Cake recipe from our site that is a doctored cake mix recipe.


      Any of our scratch vanilla cakes, yellow cakes, or white cakes should work well for this technique also. (Vanilla Buttermilk Cake, Vanilla Velvet Cake, White Almond Sour Cream Cake from scratch, Yellow Cake from Scratch, etc.) - Any vanilla/white/yellow cake recipe that doesn't have a very runny batter.

      Good luck with your experimenting! We're glad that you found our site!