Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Elmo Cupcakes

Last year, for Christmas, my two year old received a tickle me Elmo from her papa. Since then she has been slightly obsessed with Elmo. So when it came time to decide what to make for her birthday it was a no brainer. Plus, I just love how she says Elmo in her sweet little voice `el-o` :)

These cupcakes are super easy to make (although I do have to warn you they are fairly time consuming)

Want to see how I did it?

First step: make the cupcakes. Usually I make chocolate but this time I decided to do rainbow. It was fun to see everyone`s reaction when they took a bite and realized that they looked like this inside:

To make the rainbow effect all I did was make 2 boxes of white cake (you can do the same with just 1, but I needed a lot for her party.)

Then I separated the batter into 6 bowls and added food coloring to each bowl making up a different color.
Next I just spooned a little of each color into each muffin cup (sorry I forgot to take a picture at this point) but here's how they look after coming out of the oven:

And that's it. A little extra effort and they turned out super fun!

Next I made the red icing.
Ok, here's where I warn you- it takes A LOT of red food coloring to get the icing this red (especially if you're using a lot of icing- which I was)
Wow. Seriously. A lot. I had to run out to the store and buy more food coloring because I ran out. I like to use the Wilton gel kind because I find the liquid kind will change the consistency of my icing too much.

Now, to get the furry look for Elmo I used a Wilton tip 233. (I bought a set of tips a couple years ago from walmart. They were fairly inexpensive and super helpful when decorating cakes, but you can buy the tips separately from walmart or micheals) It looks like this.Just pack your icing into a piping bag (or a ziplock bag works too) attach your tip and go crazy. Beware. Your hand will hurt after all that piping. Y-ouch! :)

And finally the fun part- decorating!
Here's what you'll need:
Mints and Chocolate chips (eyes)
Orange jellybeans (nose)
Oreo cookies (mouth)

(I did try these with marshmallows and brown smarties for the eyes, but I prefer the smaller look with the mints and chocolate chips)

Lets start with the mouth. Just separate an Oreo in half, wipe off the white filling and then cut each half in half and voila you've made Elmo's mouth. Each Oreo should give you 4 mouths. Although it was more like 1-2 for me because I kept cracking them. Grrrrr!

To make the eyes I just took a chocolate chip and cut off the tip (which is what takes the longest in this whole process)
Now, you'll need to attach the chocolate chips to the mints somehow. I was planning on making another batch of white icing and using that as the glue, but then I came up with a genius idea to use the white filling part of the Oreos. Yippee. It worked like a charm :)

Once you've made all the eyes and mouths you can start assembling.
Just remember if you ice all your cupcakes first and then start making the eyes and mouths your icing will harden too much and it'll make applying the face a pain in the behind. So make all your parts first and then ice those baby's and add their little faces as you go.

And that's it!
Super easy. Super fun.
Happy Elmo making....

.....and eating!

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  1. What a creative Mama you are! They turned out so cute. Almost as cute as your little two year old consuming them :)

  2. Those are too freakin' cute! Great job!

  3. awesome job!! those are adorable :)

    I second Prairie Girl's comment!

  4. They look great! I love how fun the rainbow cupcake looks too :)

  5. Cute cupcakes! My grandson (15 months) just laughed when he saw them! He loves Elmo!

  6. Those turned out so cute! And how fun to make them just as fun inside as they are outside. :)

  7. Love them! They are super cute! And your little one oblivously enjoyed them too!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Cupcake Tuesday! Please visit me at my new blog, It's A Blog Party, and link up your cooking or baking posts today!


  8. Those are sooo cute. I love baking cute creations. I love yours!

  9. Adorable! I love Elmo. You did a fantastic job!

  10. AWESOME!!! You did an amazing job. i have made a rainbow cake before but never thought to transfer that to cupcakes. love the idea.

    you are such a good mommy!

  11. Super cute. My niece would LOVE those. I have made the rainbow effect by using a white cake mix and adding different jello mixes to color and flavor the cake too. It works great.

  12. What a creative Mama you are! They turned out so cute. Almost as cute as your little two year old consuming them :)

  13. The cupcakes are fantastic. We are planning to make them for my son's birthday party this weekend. Can you tell me what type of mints you used for the eyes?


  14. Hi Michelle!
    I'm so sorry, but I don't remember what they are called.... they are just hard mint candies. I'm sure any type of mint will work great.
    Good luck.
    And Happy Birthday to your boy!

  15. Those are so adorable! I was looking for something cute for my sons second bday he LOVES elmo. Brings me the romote first thing in the morning and says melmo. I only hope mine are half as cute as yours!

  16. Thanks! I just made these for my 2 year old's birthday. I solved the Oreo problem. Open them and scrape off icing, then heat the cookie discs on a plate with a small cup of water for about 30secs, give or take. They still feel hard, but have softened enough that you can cut them without breaking. If still too hard, cook a bit longer. They smell like chocolate cake baking :) I also didn't have the frosting tip or enough coloring (wow!!) so I cheated and made the icing bright pink and sprinkled with red sparkly sprinkles. They look fantastic. Thanks again! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!!!

  17. Hi Sara
    If I make the cupcakes on Friday (including frosting them), what is the best way to store them overnight for my son's party on Saturday? Thanks!

  18. Hi CathM. I'm so sorry, I couldn't find an email for you, so I hope you check back here :)

    I always make my cakes/cupcakes the night before and store them in the fridge overnight. They always turn out yummy and fresh the next day :)


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