Friday, April 27, 2012

DIY Sesame Street cupcakes!

I think I have mentioned in the past that Courtney thinks that I am crazy. Yes, I did start planning my child's birthday about 6 months prior to and yes, I already have Henry's (who is 3 months old) 1st birthday theme planned out and the general theme for Ada's 3rd birthday. I, however, do not think I am crazy. I just like to think that I am organized. At about 1am on the day before the party, I thought I was crazy. I knew I was going to close my eyes and my one month old was going to wake up to eat because he was on this lovely eat-every-three-hours-or-I-will-die schedule. There I was making cupcakes because "I really want to do them myself Courtney!" She offered to make them - I declined. So here is my tutorial on how to make some sesame street cupcakes.

Stuff you will need:

  • Frosting - so I decided to make my own but any can will work. I would get two of the smaller ones
  • Cupcakes - make your favorite flavor. I used primary color wrapping. Red for Elmo, Blue for Cookie Monster, Yellow for big bird, and white for oscar (who knew green would be so hard to find!?!)
  • Tips: small star, grass, V tip, #2 round 
  • Pastry bags
  • Food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chip cookies
  • Thin mints
  • Fondant
  • Marshmallows
  • Orange candies (M&M or Reese's pieces)
  • Time! These suckers did take a few hours although I had to stop to nurse in the middle.
Hints before we begin...
  • get all your supplies ready prior to
  • Mix all the colors you will need 
  • Give  yourself some time. My biggest problem was the fact that my hand kept heating up the icing and it got too thin. So then I suck in the freezer - too hard. Ideally it is helpful to have two tips going on at the same time so that you can put one in the fridge and start on another. I only had one tip converter so I was stuck with one at a time. 
1. Roll out white fondant and cut out enough eyes for all the cakes.

You can use black fondant (which I did not have) to make the center of the eyes. But I just used some gel icing I had. If you do use the gel icing, go ahead and put that on so that it has time to set

2. Mix a little red fondant together. Get out your marshmallows. Take out the amount you will need for big bird. I made 6. Cut the corner of the marshmallow to make a triangle of sorts. You should then be able to open it rather easily. Put a strip of red fondant in the middle to make the beak:

3. Pick out your orange candies and cut your cookies and thin mints in half. Only pull out the amount you will need. 

4. This is where I have to admit that I was HORRIBLE about taking pictures. I was so tired and just really wanted to get them done, so to get an idea, I have cropped some pics for ya. I started with Elmo, he was the easiest. Put on the star tip and fill your bag with red icing. Pipe from the outside in making sure to get all the way to where it is touching the wrapper. Place two eyes, an orange candy for a nose, and thin mint for the mouth.

5. Cookie Monster: Using the grass tip, pipe "fur" onto the top of the cake. I found the fur to be a little more difficult. You had to squeeze and then almost pull up quickly to get good fur. Add two eyes (make sure they are googly looking!), and place a chips ahoy cookie up like he is biting it


6. Oscar: Using the fur tip, pipe green "fur" onto the top of the cake. Add two eyes and thin mint for the mouth. Pipe brown eyebrows over the eyes. I used the circle tip for this. 

7. Big Bird: Place a small dab of yellow icing where you want the beak. Attach the beak and cover the sides in yellow icing. Using the V tip start on the outside working your way in. Place two eyes and pipe a blue line along the top curve of each eye. 


There you have it! Sesame Street Cupcakes! Not super difficult, but not as easy as they look! Happy Friday Everyone! 

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