With Brioni’s current desire to be a ballerina, I’ve been thinking about ballerina cupcakes for a while. I’ve done my research and it seems like the best idea anyone has come up with is to simply poke a ballerina or tutu topper into a cupcake and call it quits.

Surely — I thought — it’s not that hard to make a tutu cupcake! So this is my version that I wanted to share — in case there’s anyone out there who would like to make some ballerina tutu cupcakes. Take my idea and run with it!

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
The "prima ballerina" wears a dual-layer skirt.

When trying to assemble the ballerina tutu cupcakes, I tried to keep the ingredients simple. All you really need is white chocolate melts, heart lollipops and paper cupcake liners.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
The necessary materials include heart lollipops, chocolate melts, paper cupcake liners and whatever you want to use for decorating & dyeing the "skirts" & "bodices".

The hardest part about this project was sourcing the heart lollipops. I did see several versions online, and so with a bit more time, I could have possibly bought some that were a better size.

Melt the white chocolate. You’re going to use this to make the tutu skirts. (If the chocolate gets gluggy, add some hot milk to help soften it.)

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
Add dye to the melted white chocolate.

Then pour a small amount of the chocolate into a paper liner — just work on one at a time.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
Use the spatula to cover the edges of the paper liner with the chocolate.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
Once your cupcake liners are covered in chocolate, put them in the freezer for about fifteen minutes.

If you flatten the liners, you’ll get a wider skirt. Make sure the skirts are fully hardened before you try taking the paper off.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
After the chocolate is hardened, you can carefully peel away the paper to reveal the "tutu skirt".

While you’re waiting for the skirts to harden, you can decorate the “bodice” of the skirt. Before you unwrap your lollipop, break off the stick so only about an inch is remaining. I covered my lollipops with the same white chocolate because I wanted them to be the same colour as the skirts.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
Embellish the heart-lollipops to make them look more like a tutu's bodice.

That’s it. Pretty easy, right? Then bring all your elements together.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
Finally, collect your cupcakes, skirts and lollipop-bodices together.

When making these cupcakes, I used my favourite brownie recipe (modified to use chia seeds instead of eggs) and baked it in ice cream cones.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
If you want to sink the heart-lollipop into the cupcake, you'll need to trim a hole in the top of the skirt.

Making ballerina tutu cupcakes
Here's the finished product. I wasn't very happy with the proportions — I needed to source smaller heart lollipops or make bigger skirts by finding larger paper liners (maybe muffin-size).

One other idea that I thought about was to incorporate fairy floss (cotton candy) under the skirt as more netting. And it would be gorgeous if the skirts were also decorated with icing and silver cachous. Who’s up for it?

I hope you’ve gotten some ideas from my little ballerina tutu cupcakes. Many of you are so creative, I know you could turn these elements into really fantastic tutu cupcakes. If you do, I’d love to hear about it!