|A very happy Cookie Monster.|
|This one is my favourite.|
I found these cupcakes while looking at Pinterest, I thought that they'd be really simple and the kids would love eating Cookie Monster cupcakes at the conclusion of my 5 DAYS OF CUPCAKES. And secondly I've decided to start collecting ideas for Quinlan's 1st Birthday cake and I thought that I'd do something totally different and have cupcakes instead of a large cake that we end up still eating two weeks after the event. So after many late nights, trips to Sugarland and endless Google searches. I found a site that gave me the most confidence. After reading Jessie's post on 'How to make Cookie Monster Cupcakes' over at The girl ain't right I decided on trying out two different techniques to see which one worked best.
The first option is to cut a slit in the cupcake for the biscuit to sit in Cookie Monster's mouth. Option 2 is to ice the entire cupcake, cut the biscuit in half and press the biscuit into place. Both options are easy, neither takes too much time to complete. I'll show you the completed cupcakes that way you can decide if you really need to lose that section of yummy cupcake.
Due to the technical problems I experienced this week I used Green's Vanilla Cake mix instead of making my own cake. I changed the cooking time and added grated chocolate to the cake batter. You can use any flavoured cupcakes you like for this recipe so choose your favourite and get cooking. I cooked mine for 20 - 25 minutes.
Start with said cupcakes.
Using a sharp knife cut out a small section so your biscuit will fit.
I bought a tube of Wilton royal blue decorating icing. I attached my star nozzle and I started piping. I now know why you pay so much for decorative cakes, its so time consuming. Insert half the biscuit into the hole.
Use some stiff butter icing, stick your small chocolate chips onto your white chocolate buttons.
Place these into the cake and you have now finished your first Cookie Monster Cupcakes.
Start with said cupcakes.
Using the tube of Royal Blue decorating Icing by Wilton pipe the icing onto the cupcake in a star pattern, making sure you go close to the blue paper wrapper and that each star is close together. As stated above this is a time consuming process and depending on the number of guests I'd allow for a few hours just to complete this task alone. Insert half a chocolate chip biscuit in the icing.
Stick a chocolate chip onto a white chocolate button using some white icing and then place this just above the biscuit. Cookie Monster's eyes don't have to be perfect because he does go crazy when the cookies are around.
Either method will require you to do a heap more. Although the piping is wrong on these guys they look really good and it wasn't too difficult to do. If you are making these the night before a birthday party I'd insert the biscuit just before you bring out the cake otherwise the biscuits become soft. I'd also say that I thought option 2 looked better but when you put them side by side its difficult to tell which is which and believe me the kids aren't going to care.
|My finished Cookie Monsters.|
You know you've done well when the kids are willing to pose for a photo before they have even eaten them. This picture was taken just after their first bit and from the looks on their faces they are happy to be going to Sesame Street.
I think I'll make a few of the Sesame Street characters for Quinlan's first birthday. I've learnt that I'll need to get organised so that I have enough time to decorate each one and I'll need to find a cheaper alternative to the icing I used today. Although it was the perfect colour it worked out to be $1.75 each just for the icing, no wonder cupcakes are expensive.
Hope you have fun looking at my cupcakes and I hope you have more success than what I did.