I love cupcakes. There is actually nothing that I love to make more than cupcakes. They're just so darn cute! It's like a baby cake but I find you can be far more creative when decorating them!
There were 2 occasions that gave me a great excuse to bake today - the very last CBL (cased based learning) of Med 2/ life *fingers crossed* and my roomie's bday! I used the same base vanilla cupcake recipe but chose 2 different themes:
These were fairly easy to assemble. I cheated on the icing and resorted to Betty Crocker french vanilla frosting. Other materials I used were:
Large marshmallows (for the eyes)
Chocolate chips (for the eyes of the sesame street characters)
Reeses pieces (for the owl eyes/nose and Elmo's nose)
Food colouring (red, green, blue)
Sprinkles (red and blue...just because I already had them in the pantry)
1 package of Oreos
1 package of Chips Ahoy cookies
And voila! The assembly line!
These were as easy as
2. Dip in Sprinkles
3. Decorate (using extra frosting as 'glue')
For the cookie monster I ended up having to cut a hole for the mouth so that the cookie would actually stay. It was a bit of a disaster before :S.
Cookie nice and secured!
The green guy is supposed to be Oscar the Grouch but I had nothing to make angry eyebrows with. He looks a bit like Kermit the frog as a result. I also decided to give the cookie monster googley eyes for fun! The original idea was taking from this blog.
The owl cupakes were a must for my roomie's bday as it's one of her favourite animals! I was inspired by this blog.
You can use regular chocolate frosting but what I ended up doing was combining all the leftover coloured frosting from the Sesame Street cupcakes and adding cocoa and milk to it until it was the desired colour/consistency.
I'd say the most difficult part of the whole process was actually chopping the oreos in half for the owl ears and Elmo/Oscar's mouths without them breaking. I don't really have any tips for this except that sawing them with a serrated knife didn't work so well. The crossing fingers and praying the cookies wouldn't break into a dozen pieces method seemed to work in the end :P.
Whoooooooo's craving a cuppie cake?!