The Onward Brother Duo: Ian & Barley Cupcakes

We may not be a wizard in the kitchen, but we’re still willing to try to work up a little magic! Check out these cute cupcakes inspired by the Onward brother duo, Ian and Barley. These sweet elf brothers won our hearts over and will now win over our sweet tooth in cupcake form! has a yummy recipe that will have you seeing double the blue and double the goodness!


  • Cupcakes
  • White frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Blue sprinkles
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Fondant (black, light blue, dark blue)
  • Candy melts (pink, brown)
  • Pink dusting powder
  • Hard butterscotch candy (broken into pieces)


*All cutting should be done by an adult. 

1. Prepare your favorite cupcake recipe. Let cupcakes cool.

2. Add blue food coloring to white frosting and stir. Frost cupcakes.

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3. Shape light blue fondant into elf ears. Dip the pointy ends into melted pink candy melts and refrigerate to set. Place on the sides of each cupcake.

4. Twist apart the chocolate sandwich cookie and cut a straight edge across the top quarter of cookie. Place on top of Barley’s cupcakes to make his hat.

5. Form a triangular nose from light blue fondant, eyes from black fondant, and eyebrows from dark blue fondant. Set in the refrigerator.

6. Draw and cut a hair template for Ian and Barley in 3 to 4 segments. Have fun drawing swirly and spiky hair designs. Cut out from dark blue fondant pieces. Place on top of cupcakes.

7. It’s time to complete the faces. Add the fondant features to each frosted cupcake. You can add arms to the bottom if you wish, using leftover frosting or fondant. Brush on pink dusting powder on the cheeks. Insert blue sprinkles on Barley’s chin for his facial hair.

8. For the wizard staff, fill a piping bag with melted brown chocolate or brown candy melt. You can draw an outline of the wand on parchment paper to help guide you. Attach a chopped piece of butterscotch candy while the chocolate is still wet. Continue to pipe the third chocolate branch on top of each candy piece. Place in the fridge to set.

9. Enjoy!


About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.