(Not-So) Rotten To The Core Cupcakes

I’m pretty sure since the first commercial for Descendants aired on the Disney Channel, the lyrics to Rotten to the Core became an “earworm” in our home. My five year old runs around the house singing, “I’m rotten to the core,” repeatedly. He was so exited to watch Descendants when it finally aired on television we also purchased it at our local Walmart. I created these cute and (not-so) Rotten to the Core cupcakes to enjoy while we re-watched our DVD during family movie night. These cupcakes are only semi-homemade, and so easy to put together.

rotten to the core cupcakes

Do you remember the tale of Snow White? She ate a poison apple given to her by the Evil Queen disguised as an old woman, and it put her into a deep sleep. The logo for Descendants includes a poison apple. These (not-so) Rotten to the Core cupcakes aren’t poisonous, and they certainly don’t taste rotten. They’re reminiscent of Snow White’s poison apple, and they have a surprise inside.


descendants cupcakes

You’ll need a few non-food items that are not included in the recipe, which inlcude cupcake liners and a leaf shaped cut and press. If you don’t want to deal with making your own leaves, I have seen pre-made fondant leaves in the cake decorating section at many Walmart and craft stores.

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(Not-So) Rotten To The Core Cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
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  • 1 cake mix
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small package pudding mix (cold set)
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Optional: green food coloring
  • 1 container premade frosting
  • Optional: red food coloring
  • Red Sprinkles
  • 1 small package green fondant
  • Small pretzel sticks
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. These cupcakes are meant to be slightly denser than the cake mix instructs
  3. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and water in a large bowl
  4. Mix well
  5. Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan
  6. Fill each cupcake liner ¾ way full with batter
  7. Bake for 15-20 mins until done
  8. While cupcakes are baking prepare the pudding mix with 1½ cups milk
  9. Optional: Add several drops of green food coloring
  10. Mix well and refrigerate until cupcakes are cool.
  11. When cupcakes are done baking, allow them to cool 5 mins in the pan.
  12. Using an apple corer, insert ¾ way down into the cupcake and remove center
  13. Save just the top of the cupcake core, discard (or eat) the crumbs
  14. Leave the cupcakes in the pan while coring, this makes them more stable
  15. When you have cored all of the cupcakes, remove them from the pan to finishing cooling
  16. When cupcakes have cooled, fill a zipper bag with pudding mixture.
  17. Snip off the end of the bag with clean kitchen scissors and fill the center of the cupcake to the top
  18. Be careful not to overfill
  19. Replace the top with the core you saved
  20. Put several drops of red food coloring in the frosting container and mix well
  21. Frost the top of each cupcake
  22. Place sprinkles in a small bowl
  23. Carefully dip the top of each cupcake in the sprinkles to coat well
  24. Break pretzel to desired height and insert into center of cupcake
  25. Roll out fondant to desired thickness
  26. Using a leaf print cut and press, cut the desired amount of leaves and imprint the design
  27. Place one leaf on the top of each cupcake
  28. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

snow white cupcakes

poison apple cupcakes

rotten to the core cupcakes

rotten to the core cupcakes

descendants cupcakes

rotten to the core cupcakes

rotten to the core cupcakes

Do you have a favorite Disney movie? Can you remember the name of the villain?

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  • Reply Summer Davis 17/08/2015 at 11:57 am

    My favorite Disney movie is The Jungle Book, followed closely by Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, which are tied for second. Then I’d have to say it’s the Lion King. I have all four movies memorized from beginning to end, it’s quite the sickness, really. 🙂 These cupcakes are GORGEOUS. You done good, kid! #client

  • Reply Heather 17/08/2015 at 8:59 pm

    I love these cupcakes and – shameless confession – I watched Descendants on demand the other day by myself!!!!!!

    • Reply Jess 18/08/2015 at 9:19 am

      Thanks, and no shame! I’ve watched it too. I might also know the lyrics to Rotten to the Core and a few of the other songs. I heard a sequel is in the works.

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