Cooking time: 5 minute preparation time, ~35 minutes baking time, 15 minutes decorating time | Originally enjoyed on: 6/27/2009
For Paul’s (belated) birthday celebration in June, we cooked up about three dozen Elmo-decorated cupcakes. The Foodies have a long-running joke that has associated Paul with the beloved red monster from Sesame Street ever since. Back during Welcome Week, Paul shocked us all with his dead-on Tickle Me Elmo impression:
Last year, we got him a Tickle Me Elmo Extreme that spoke Spanish. This year, we made Elmo cupcakes.
I originally got the idea from my niece’s first birthday party:
Of course, I couldn’t resist making them for Paul’s birthday.
The process is actually quite simple. To save time, we used a chocolate cake mix for the cupcakes. To decorate, you’ll need:
- Red frosting (or, as we used, white frosting and LOTS of red food coloring)
- Marshmallows (regular-sized)
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut-shaped marshmallows (or, as we used, orange frosting)
We substituted orange frosting for the nose since we couldn’t find any of the circus marshmallows at the grocery store — however, on a recent trip to Walgreens I discovered them there. I would use the peanut marshmallows for a more textured look, but frosting works too.
1. Turn your white frosting red. Since we couldn’t find any pre-colored frosting at the supermarket, we just had to use a ton of red food coloring. Make sure that you don’t dilute the frosting too much. Also, make sure that your frosting isn’t too warm, or it will be difficult to stick objects to the cupcake.
2. Snip each regular white marshmallow in half. These will be Elmo’s eyes. Then, press a chocolate chip on each marshmallow. You can make the chips stick in two ways: 1. you can put each marshmallow half “sticky side up,” so the chip will stick to what used to be the inside of the marshmallow, or 2. use frosting as an adhesive.
3. Next, use one side of an Oreo cookie and slice that in half. This will serve as Elmo’s mouth.
4. Finally, fill the area in between Elmo’s eyes and his mouth with orange frosting (use a peanut marshmallow cut in half if you want a more textured look).
The finished product:
Feel free to be more creative with your decorating. Guest foodie 229 ( master Kumbaya singer/whistler, mathematician, and gourmet cupcake decorator, among other things) was especially talented at this. Behold:
Needless to say, we were very pleased with these cupcakes, although they were not as cool as Katherine’s Watchmen cupcakes.
A few extras from the party, for your viewing enjoyment:
For those of you who have not had the privilege to meet Paul, we recommend you come to a Theater Rice show, drop by Apt 205, or make the long trek up to North Side to hang out with him. You can also read his comics here.
Also, drop us a line if you make your own cool cupcakes, Elmo or not. Happy baking!