Being a lover of all things kiddo and cupcake, I recently offered to make the cupcakes for a good friend’s son’s birthday party. This adorable 2-year old loves everything Elmo, so of course we went with a Sesame Street theme! Elmo and Cookie Monster seemed like a no-brainer.
Let’s be honest, clearly I can identify with Cookie Monster—who hasn’t had an urge to shove chocolate chip cookies in their mouth??? This sweet guy is just misunderstood 🙂
So how did I make these fun little guys and gals?
- I baked up 2 batches of cupcakes and cooled them to room temperature.
- Next, I whipped up a batch of buttercream, using my family recipe (below):
- 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
- 1 stick margarine, softened
- 2 T. milk
- 1 t. vanilla
- [FOR THE ELMOS] As any baker will know. getting a really red red is always a challenge! For these cupcakes, I tried a new technique and it’s the best result I’ve ever achieved. Once the buttercream was mixed up, I added a heaping helping of Wilton No-Flavor Red gel food coloring. This made a deep pink of sorts, so I then added some Wilton Christmas Red gel good coloring. The combination of these two colorings achieved the look I was going for! Keep in mind that the gel of the food coloring will thin out the consistency of the buttercream, so you may have to add more sugar accordingly.
- Using a large closed-star decorating tip, I covered the cupcakes with red buttercream. Keeping in mind that this buttercream sets fairly quickly, I worked with three cupcakes at a time. Once covered in frosting, I added Wilton candy eyes (purchased on Amazon, here andhere); then, I added an orange jellybean nose; and finally, I finished up with half an Oreo for the smile.
- [FOR THE COOKIE MONSTERS] Whip up the same buttercream recipe, only use WIlton’s Royal Blue gel food coloring instead. Use the large closed-star decorating tip to cover the cupcakes. For these, I used mini marshmallows for the eyes since cookie monster is known for those crazy kooky eyes! I used Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies broken in half for the mouth. For the finishing touch, I dyed the remaining buttercream black, and filled a decorating bag fitted with a round tip. I used it to create kooky eyes, looking every which way.
- Voila! You now have Sesame Street cupcakes!!