Senor cupcakes, complete with a mustache

Apr 23, 2014 at 11:05 a.m. ET

Cinco de Mayo isn't just about drinking a lot of margaritas or eating endless chips and salsa. It's about celebrating the heritage of an amazing culture, and what better way to do that than with these fun and festive cupcakes? I mean, who can turn down a cupcake with a mustache?

Senor mustache cupcakes |

These mustache cupcakes, topped with a fun fondant sombrero, are the perfect sweet end to your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Plus, they are a blast to make and even more fun to eat.

To make these, you simply whip up the cake mix (per the instructions) and pour the batter into your prepared muffin tin. To keep these cuppies extra festive, I used fun patterned cupcake liners.

Senor mustache cupcakes

Bake the cupcakes for about 18 minutes or until they are soft, fluffy and perfectly golden brown.

Senor mustache cupcakes

Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them with that amazing buttercream you whipped up (that's if you haven't eaten it all). Once frosted, add a hefty spoonful of sprinkles to the tops so they sparkle with fun green festivity.

 Senor mustache cupcakes

Once they are frosted, make the sombreros. These sound harder to create than they are — they just take a little bit of time to make. Give yourself at least an hour to shape the hats so they come out smooth and flawless. I used store-bought fondant, but you can make your own (if you really have nothing better to do).

 Senor mustache cupcakes

The best way to make the hats is to fold the fondant over a bottle. It sounds weird, but it really works — trust me.

Senor mustache cupcakes

Then you roll out your other pretty fondant to make the rim around the sombrero. You want this to be a really thin roll so it looks like the ribbon a sombrero has around its crown. Next, add some sprinkles to give the hat even more pizzazz. Then place the hats on the frosting to make your cute little senor cupcakes.

Senor mustache cupcakes

After that, make the mustaches. This is very easy to do. You roll out the black fondant. I rolled mine to about a 1/4 inch thickness. To cut out the mustache, either use a stencil, or do it free hand. I used a stencil and cut out the mustaches using a sharp paring knife. This resulted in almost perfect mustaches.

Senor mustache cupcakes

Once you have your mustaches perfectly formed, stick them onto the cupcakes, right below the sombrero. I put mine just above the edge of the liner. Now these fluffy little cakes are ready to eat. Pair them with a margarita for the best party treat ever.

Senor mustache cupcakes

Senor mustache cupcake recipe

Yields 12


  • 1/2 box yellow velvet cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Vanilla buttercream frosting
  • Green sprinkles
  • Yellow fondant
  • Blue fondant
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Black fondant


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix, eggs, canola oil and water. Mix to remove all the clumps.
  3. Fill each liner about 2/3 full with batter. Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.
  4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost each one with the buttercream, and then sprinkle the tops with green sprinkles.
  5. To make the sombreros, unroll the yellow fondant, and cut it into 12 even pieces. Shape the yellow fondant into sombrero hats. I've found that the easiest way to do this is to fold the fondant over a small bottle to form the top of the hat, and then fold the remaining fondant upward to create the brim. Shape carefully so it looks like a hat.
  6. Unroll the blue fondant, and roll it into tiny tubes. Mold the blue around the crown of the hat to make a festive border. Add a dab of buttercream to the backs of the rainbow sprinkles, and pattern them along the blue "ribbon." Place the hat on the frosted tops of the cupcakes.
  7. To make the mustaches, unroll the black fondant, and cut out small mustache shapes using a sharp paring knife. Place the mustaches below the hats, and serve the cupcakes immediately.

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