Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (GF & DF)

Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
Sadness from Inside Out!

“Awh, Participation Award.” If this doesn’t bring back any memories, then you probably haven’t seen Pixar’s new film, Inside Out. AND, that means you haven’t seen the short before the film, which is amazing as well- “I Lava You.”

Now, after seeing the film and visiting the Pixar exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston, I was beyond ready to make some Inside Out cupcakes. I started with Sadness because she has a round shape, the same as that of a cupcake! Plus, it takes less time to bake and decorate these cupcakes than to render one frame in the movie. (Those light particles can be tricky!)

While I’m not close to an expert baker or decorator, I do know how to make a design using relatively few ingredients AND keep it celiac + allergy friendly! So, without further ado, let’s start decorating!

Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out

Allergens: Celiac friendly and free of the Top 8 allergens. Always pick ingredients that meet YOUR dietary needs!

Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
All The Things You Will Need


  • Buttercream Frosting (I used my own recipe– it’s vegan too!)
  • Cupcake Mix (My favorite is GF Vanilla from Stonewall Kitchen)
  • Satin Ice Fondant (This is gluten and dairy free!)
  • Blue Dye and Cocoa Powder (This is how I color white fondant to be blue and black)
  • Round cookie cutter, Knife, Fork, Ziplock (or frosting bag)


  1. Dye the white fondant light blue by adding a couple of drops of blue dye and folding it in. Roll out the fondant. (I just use the side of a cup.) Cut out a circle and attach it to the top of the cupcake with buttercream frosting.
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Light blue fondant only takes a couple drops of blue dye.

    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    This is the base layer for Sadness’ face!
  2. Add more blue dye to make a dark blue fondant. Cut out a circle of dark blue fondant. While looking at a picture of Sadness, outline her hair with the knife. Once you’re certain of your lines, you can cut out the fondant! Attach her hair to the light blue face using buttercream frosting or water.
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Dark blue fondant takes quite a bit of blue dye!
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Make a faint outline using a knife. It doesn’t have to be perfect on the first try!
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Keep going till you have a hair outline that you like!
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Then cut out the middle, so you just have Sadness’ hair left.

    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Attach the hair using a dab of water or frosting. Your pick!
  3. To make the hair realistic, we’ll add some texture. I’m not fancy, so I just used a fork and a knife. First, we’ll make the part using a knife. Then, we’ll use a fork to draw the hair in the correct direction.
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    We’ll start with Sadness’ part!
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Add texture with a fork.
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Keep adding texture until you’re happy!

    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Hair is all set!
  4. Add the final pieces of fondant: a small light blue ball for the nose and two flattened white balls for the eyes!

    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    All the fondant is on!
  5. We’re going to add all the blue buttercream frosting. You can do this by cutting a very small hole in the corner of a Ziplock, or with a small round tip on a frosting bag. You’ll need to draw the two eyebrows, two eyeballs, and her mouth (an upside down U).

    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Add all the blue icing!
  6. Add the black buttercream frosting for the pupils and the glasses! (To make black frosting I mix in a lot of cocoa, blue dye, and maybe a dash of water if it’s too thick from all the cocoa powder.) And, now you’re done! Enjoy!
    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    All done!

    Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (Gluten and Dairy Free)
    Joy: “Think Positive!” Sadness: “I’m positive you will get lost in there.”

That’s it! I had a fun time making these, so I hope you like them too. Inside Out did a great job at showing how you can’t just push Sadness to the side, so I’m glad she got to be the star of this post (rather than simply wining that Participation award while everyone else got the grand prize).

I’m of course bringing these over to my favorite party on the web- Fiesta Friday cohosted by Judi and Petra. If there’s another Inside Out character you think I should try, let me know below!

Happy Cooking, and have a wonderful weekend!

P.S: The best way to keep up to date is on Instagram! Check out this video showing you the inside scoop on the Sadness cupcakes, and remember to follow @wanderlustceliac.

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Joy: Think Positive! Sadness: Okay, I'm positive you will get lost in there! Today's blog post gives you an inside look at how to make your own Sadness cupcakes from @pixarinsideout! They're #glutenfree and #dairyfree because I used, @earthbalance, and @StonewallKitchen. Enjoy! 💙 _______________________________________________ #InsideOut #celiac #celiacdisease #whatceliacseat #freefrom #love #pixar #disney #vegan #gfree #glutenfreevegan #celiacfriendly #coeliac #sadness #blue #participationaward #cupcakes #foodie #nomnomnom #sweet #recipe #cute 🎶 Music Attribution: Victrola Daycare (generation gap mix) by duckett ft. nickleus, Mary_Straffitd, Albert_Wynns_Creole_Jazz_Band from

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26 thoughts on “Sadness Cupcakes- Inside Out (GF & DF)

  1. They may be called “sadness cupcakes” but they made me smile 🙂 Unfortunately I have not seen this movie – need some younger kids around. Very cute Kaila and thanks for bringing these to Fiesta Friday. Have a great weekend!

  2. This is so creative!! 😀 I watched the movie on opening weekend and I think My husband and I were the only ones NOT accompanied by kids that day! Still, I was bawling like a baby during the baby (Clearly sadness was in control during that time!)

    A wonderful tutorial and I wish I could have one of them now! 🙂
    Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Dini! We went without kids too! I’m glad you enjoyed the film too. I’d bring one over to you right now if we were neighbors! Happy Fiesta Friday! 😀

    1. Thanks, Arl! Sadness might have a sad face, but she’s a lovable character too, especially as the movie progresses. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    1. Ah, yes! My friend and I got to the MOS once a week until the school year starts. I currently live about 25 minutes from there. Have you been to the Pixar exhibit yet? 🙂

  3. Are you sure you’re not secretly practicing to open your own GF DF free of top 8 allergen bakery? and eatery? you’re SO good at crafting up concoctions 🙂

    1. Awh, thanks! But, definitely not, 8 Sadness cupcakes was more than enough for me! Plus, in my wildest, secret dreams there would be a cider bar and restaurant with a sense of Irish culture that opens up in New England. But, I’m not the type to open up a place, I just like blogging as a hobby!

  4. Your cupcakes are adorable! And what a great tutorial as well! I wouldn’t even know where to start! A pefect recipe and celiac + allergy friendly as well! Thanks for joining FF with the brilliant cupcakes 🙂

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