I made Big Bird and Cookie Monster cupcakes for my nephew Brandon’s 1st birthday party on Sept. 13. My sister-in-law couldn’t find Sesame Street cakes at the bakery that used icing to create the characters. They just used figurines or Sesame Street plastic rings.
After looking at some Sesame Street cakes online I came up with my own version of how to portray the characters on cupcakes.
Step one: I found that a layer of frosting in the color I was going to decorate with helped to prevent patches on the surface.
For Cookie Monster I used a “grass” tip to give a fur effect in Wilton royal blue paste color. The miniature chocolate chip cookie in his mouth is from Trader Joe’s. A dollop of icing behind the cookie helped to hold it in place. Big Bird’s feather effect was achieved with a “leaf” decorating tip and was applied first around the edges, moving into the center in Lemon Yellow icing. The beak was applied with orange icing from a large round writing tip.
Both characters got mini-marshmallow eyes with a dot of black gel for the pupil. I was worried the gel would bleed onto the marshmallow, but it didn’t. Some candy company could make a mint by producing a round white candy coated chocolate ball the size of a gumball for use as character eyes for baking!
This Cookie Monster Cake was my very first cake I have ever done, and it was for my son's 1st birthday. Every one raved how realistic it was.
I used pipping nozzle number 233 for the fur and Betty Crocker vanilla icing tinted with blue coloring. I used ping pong balls for the eyes and licorice for the black on the eyes and also in the mouth. I used bought chocolate chip cookies for the extra affect.
The body is made up of 10 inch on bottom, 8 inch on top of this (if 8 inch isn't high enough could add 2), scraps for neck and another (thick) 8 inch for head. Skewers through the head to secure all. I also used two log tins for the arms and legs, and skewers to secure the arms. Carved all free hand and if you take too much off, grab some scraps and stick back on with the icing.
Tip I would do next time, I crumb coated the whole thing after I got the shape I wanted, but I did it just in the vanilla next time I would tint the crumb coating in the blue so if any gaps it wont be noticeable, after crumb coating I refrigerate before adding the icing.
My three year old wanted a monster cake for his 3rd b-day. I searched the net over and over but my searches always ended up with cookie monster or Mike from monsters Inc. I found this picture then did my "own" flare.
I used 2 cake mixes, 2 round pans and cupcakes. His teeth are small cut yellow marshmallows. It was a real big hit and I was pleased as to how it turned out. We decorated the leftover cupcakes as monster eyes.