Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Make Miniature Elmo Cupcakes

Here is a step by step "how to" for how I  made these adorable miniature Elmo cupcakes for my daughter's second birthday. They were a hit and super easy to make!

This is what you will need:
  • Miniature cupcakes (Try and match the wrappers to the character.)
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Black gel icing
  • Miniature chocolate chips
  • Pretzel M&M's (the orange ones)
  • Decorating bags
  • 2-3 Couplers
  • Decorating Tip #233 & # 12
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Food paint brush
Supplies needed to make these Elmo cupcakes can be purchased {HERE}

You can either use store bought vanilla frosting or make your own vanilla butter cream frosting. Recipe can be found {HERE}.  Section your vanilla frosting into two separate bowls in order to tint the frosting. Add the red coloring a little at a time, until you have reached the color of Elmo's Fur. You can leave the last part plain white, since this will be used for his eyes.

Fill you decorating bags and get all your tips ready to decorate! 

The black gel icing should come in a little tube, which will allow you to pipe a bit out onto the cupcake. Using the food paint brush, shape the gel into a half  moon shape on the bottom of the cupcake, this will be his mouth.  Don't worry about getting it perfect, much of it will get covered by frosting later on.

With tip #233 on your red frosting and begin piping the outline of the cupcake.

Circle around the outer edge of the cupcake and work your way in, until all of the cupcake is covered. You can add as much frosting as you like and can build up the shape by layering the frosting.

Now take your orange pretzel M&M and place it above his mouth. You could use Orange Peanut M&M's for this as well, but since people have food allergies, I played it safe. But the choice is yours.

See him taking shape already! With a #12 tip on your white icing, add the eyes. Use a wet finger to shape the frosting if necessary. Place a miniature chocolate chip in each eye...and you are done!

And there you have it..now just join him with the rest of his buddies and you have created the hit of the party!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or just want to say hello to let me know you were here, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Happy Cupcaking!

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