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Homemade Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch Cupcakes
I made these Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch Cupcakes for my very sweet 2yr old little boy's birthday! He loves Sesame Street and especially Elmo! All of the cupcakes are chocolate.
The Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes are filled with homemade coconut cream (the filling was just homemade vanilla pudding with coconut extract). To fill the cupcakes I used a small knife to cut a cone shape, filled in the space with the pudding, then cut off all but the top of the cone shape and used it to plug the hole on the top of the cupcake.
Then I covered with homemade cream cheese icing. I then sprayed the icing with spray food coloring (found in the cake decorating section at Walmart). I also used the spray coloring to dye coconut red and blue. Sprinkle the coconut over the cupcake. The eyes on all three of the cupcakes are just white chocolate melting pieces (not white chocolate chips), with black dyed icing doted in the middle.
The nose and mouth on Elmo are just colored icing and Cookie Monster just has a cookie (or piece of a cookie) in his “mouth”. Oscar is not filled and is 100% coconut free! I just used a pastry bag and tip to make the icing look like crazy “fur”. Then I used spray coloring to turn him green.
Again, the eyes are melting pieces and my husband thought we needed to make him stick his tongue out so we used red spray color on a white chocolate melting piece and then cut it to look like a tongue. Oh, and don't forget to put the brown angry eyebrows on Oscar, we just used icing!!
I hope your kiddos love them as much as my kids did!
Do you prefer something creative to spending money on a cute shaped pan? FACE - 8" round pan - 1/2 batter from mix (about 2 c.)for head. EYES & NOSE - With rest of that batter, make mini-muffin size cupcakes for EYES (make several in case a problem occurs). Using liners will help keep them intact when removing from pan. Then, carefully peel liner off. For NOSE - pinch a point in alum. liner and fasten with staple or paper clip. Some extra hand shaping and experimenting with several is recommended. These can be baked in reg. cupcake pan. For base, split another mix between 2 9x13" pans, plus the leftover batter from the first mix for head, eyes, nose.
BASE - place one 9x13 on plate, frost top and add 2nd layer, then frost the sides - I used my favorite chocolate frosting. The TOP was hand dyed blue using canned frosting (cream cheese) to match the background of an Elmo Runner from cotton print from fabric store. Spread blue on top, making clean edges. Immediately, place M&M's in "rainbow order" at base and top edge. Place round on top - I put mine off-center to allow 'name room.' Mark MOUTH with toothpick (I had cut a pattern)and fill in with chocolate frosting (I don't like taste of BLACK). FUR is 2 - 6oz. bags of RED decorating icing squished through tip that makes 'flowers/stars'. EYES are the mini-cupcakes trimmed at bottom to slope forward, covered in canned white, with brown M&M irises. NOSE is hand-dyed Canned white (about 1 drop red, 3 drops yellow). I cut off most of bottom to make correct depth. Add candle and NAME (chocolate) and we're ready to celebrate our 1 year old grandson's Birthday!
This Elmo Cake is make out of a modified Red Velvet Cake Mix, a homemade Butter Cream frosting recipe AND 4 MILLION gallons of Red Food Coloring! His head was held on by Bamboo skewers (be carful with little kids and skewers). Decorating Tip #33 was used to make him furry!
The eyes are marshmallows with black fondant, the nose is orange fondant and the mouth is rolled and cut out black fondant. The Happy Birthday sign is actually cake, wrapped in rolled fondant with cut out fondant lettering.