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Saturday, September 10, 2011

How to make Monster High Skullette Cupcakes

I have been getting a few inquiries on the Monster High Cupcakes I had made a while back, so I thought I would share with you all how I made them. I've also recently made varied versions of the skullettes into cookies which you can read  about {HERE} and I also made a skullette cake pop which you can read about {HERE}.

But if your not into the whole bake and create it yourself thing, you can print out these fabulous free Monster High Cupcake wrappers I designed from {HERE}and fun drink and goodie bag labels from {HERE}

Be forewarned this post is a bit lengthy, but covers all the basics to make them. But if you find that you need any help, please just ask :)



 This is what you will need....
  • Cupcakes...duh
  • 4-5 decorating bags 
  • 3-4 couplers 
  • Skull template (I can help you with this)
  • Wax Paper
  • Royal Icing
  • Pink, red & black GEL food coloring
  • Pink sprinkles
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Decorating tip # 1, 2 and 1M
  • Thin tipped food paintbrush (or toothpicks)
  • Time and Patience
Any supplies needed to make these cupcakes are available {HERE}

    Before you start anything; baking, mixing etc. You will need a template to work from. You can create one yourself or just or you can print a copy from here ------> Skull & Bow Template.

    If you want to be really brave you can try and make these in a miniature version by printing a copy of this miniature version from here ------------>Miniature Skull & Bow Template

    But if your not that savvy please shoot me an email at mightydelighty(at)gmail(dot)com and I will  gladly help you. 

    I found and downloaded a image of the skullette using Google image search. With a free graphics program I use from Serif (Page Plus) I centered it in a circle a bit larger than 2 1/2 inches in diameter, (2.69 inches to be exact.) then copy and pasted the image onto the page 5 times , printing out the final version.


    Cover the front of the template with wax paper and tape it to the printout so it won't move when you begin tracing them with the Royal Icing. I tend make as many as I may need to trace out, plus extra in case I mess up on a few.


    When that is done, make your Royal Icing.  If you are not familiar with a Royal icing recipe and need a good one, you can find the recipe I use here, it's from the amazing and awesome blog, The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. It's almost impossible not to get lost on her site for hours just browsing through all her magical and colorful cookies! (If your not making a lot of toppers just cut her recipe in half.)  
    For 24 toppers I use about 3/4 cup of white, less than 3/4 cup of black and less than a 1/4 cup of pink.



    When you begin tinting the black, keep in mind that it is going to take a lot of gel color to get it black.  Pink takes a bit as well, but will darken if you add in a little red as well. The white can be enhanced to be even more white by using a white icing tint, but it is not necessary. Royal icing dries out as it is exposed to air, so cover each mixed color with a wet paper towel to prevent this.


    Just a side note: Royal Icing darkens as it sits, so if you get it close to the color you wish...leave it alone for a bit and it will darken up!

    After you've tinted your icing, fill your decorating bags. You can cap off the ends with a coupler and some saran wrap until you are ready to use each color. (Even though that is NOT what I did in this picture.)

    The consistency of the black icing should be soft but not runny. I like it a bit softer, everyone has their own preference. White and pink should be of flooding consistency. If you need help with consistencies of the Royal Icing, please again check out This Post from The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle, she has so many great tutorials that can help you with this. Once you've got the consistency down, get ready to start making the toppers.

    With your black icing and tip #2 start outlining the shape of the skull and the outer part of the bow.


    Next fill in the eyes and nose. Do not worry about the eyelashes for now!


    With the black icing, switch to a #1 tip and fill in the inner bow details.


    Switch back to a #2 tip and start outlining the circle around each skull.


    When your done, they should look like this...so cute :)


    Now walk away for about an hour, to let them set and dry. (The longer they sit, the better they are.) If the black hasn't fully dried, it may leach color back into the white flood color. This is usually a good time to clean up the mess made from making the royal icing and/or  to start baking your cupcakes if you haven't already.

    If your going to take the time to make these awesome little cupcake toppers, please pick out an equally awesome cupcake wrapper...it will make a difference. I love the Reynolds Stay Brite Baking cups, because they look exactly the way they do before baking!


    Now that your cupcakes are made, and cooling, let's get back to the toppers! With a #1 tip on your pink icing, fill in the bows.


    When they are all finished, put a #1 tip on your white icing to flood and the inner part of the skull.



    Be careful when you work or you will do what I did...oooops!


    After all the skulls have been flooded with the white icing, begin flooding the outer part of the topper with the white icing, still using tip#1. (A larger tip can be used, I prefer the smaller one)


    I usually like to let them set overnight to really make sure they are dry, but a few hours will suffice if that is all you have. When making them, I usually make a couple of dummy ones, that you can use to test how dry they are. When they are fully dry you can peel them from the wax paper.


    Now this is when the eyelashes are applied. In a little bowl add a small blob of the black icing. With your food  paintbrush, gently add on the eyelashes. You may wan to practice on a piece of paper before you begin, to get the feel of it. If you don't have a paintbrush, you can use a toothpick.



    Now lets, start putting all the pieces together. Fill a bowl with some pink sprinkles and set it to the side. Fill a decorating bag with vanilla frosting or whatever flavor you choose. I use a 1M tip for this, but you can use whatever tip you prefer. Start frosting a ring around the outer edge of your cupcakes.


    It will resemble this when you are done.


    I sometimes add in a bit of chocolate frosting to the middle for an extra treat,  but it is not necessary to fill the middle.  Now dip the cupcake into the pink sprinkles and gently turn it, coating the entire edge.


    Finally, place the topper on top of the cupcake and gently press down, try to use equal pressure so as to not to break the topper, as they are very delicate!



    Voila...your finished Monster High Cupcakes! Now pat yourself on the back, job well done!


    These cupcakes can be stored in the fridge for a day or two without the royal icing toppers breaking down.

    If you need ANY help, please feel free to comment below or email me, I am always hapy to answer any questions you may have!!! Most problems people have encountered have been answered through the comment section, so be sure to check there as well!


    Most of all though....enjoy!

    ****Many of the supplies, plus more can be purchased {HERE....at my shop to help spice up any Monster High Theme Party!





          




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    51 comments :

    SweetSugarBelle said...

    These are AWESOME!!! AWESOME! Thanks for the. Shout out...off to check out Vader :-)

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Thank you Sugar Belle, and thank you for letting me use you links!!!

    Anonymous said...

    Hi, I want to make these for my daughters birthday....could you help me with a skully printout to use????? Thanks :0)

    My email is rice353 gmail.com

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Not a problem....I emailed you.

    Anonymous said...

    wow this is amazing and looks super easy!! Thanks

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hi Anonymous....Thank you and they are pretty easy, they take a steady hand, but overall come together quickly. And the finished product is always a hit! Good luck!

    Anonymous said...

    I hope I can do it. How can I get the printouts of the skull but a tad bit smaller I was thinking of doing mini cupcakes too?

    My e-mail is
    myallusmc@yahoo.com

    Mighty Morgan said...

    I will send you a different version...see if you can do something with it, if not, let me know and I will give you another option to try and make them. As for the mini's they would probably look awesome..please send me pics if you do them :)

    Anonymous said...

    ya I will but I'm new to this site how do I sign up lol
    I feel like a loser!!!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    No need to sign up.....and please don't feel like a loser because your not sure what to do :) Just click around and you'll be comfortable soon enough :)

    Anonymous said...

    hello! saw these on pinterest, love! my daughter is turning 7 and I want to make these for her. I have NO experience with decorating but I am a pretty good painter ;) how can I be sure the template is right? I'll be using a inkjet printer.

    email is jillymarie_007@yahoo.com

    Anonymous said...

    also, this is jillymarie again, where can I find meringue powder?

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hey Jillymarie...so glad you liked them. They should be the right size, just print out a copy...each topper should be a little bit larger than 2 1/2 inches in diameter....

    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

    Mighty delighty! How adorable is your blog title?! :)

    LIZ said...

    MM I worked on these all day too.. I failed.. Gosh I'm so sad anf thanks so much for your help!!!!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Liz...what is it that you failed at...anything I can help you with??? I'm going to e-mail you

    LIZ said...

    Thanks for your positive words.. i will try again in the morning!!!

    LIz said...

    My daughter loved them!!!!! thanks for telling me to try again lol

    Anonymous said...

    Hello, these cupcakes are awesome. I am attempting to make them for my god daughter's 11th birthday this Saturday(monter high theme party). Problem, i let the black dry completly however it bleeds into the white. How can I fix this? Thanks!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hi Anonymous! I'm thrilled that your trying these out! Your God Daughter will LOVE them!
    I'm sorry that your having problems with the icing colors bleeding.....I personally have not had many problems with this, only a little sometimes; but not enough to effect the final product.
    A question...How long are you waiting until they are dry???? Sometimes, you have to wait as long as overnight.
    You may also want to check the consistency of your white flood icing, I imagine if it is too thin, the water content of it may effect the black icing. If you have any more problems or if you just need help with anything please feel free to email me and I will do my best to help you out!!

    Anonymous said...

    These are so adorable!!!!
    Could candy melts be used instead of royal icing?

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hi Anonymous.....I personally have not tried to make these with candy melts, but I imagine it could be done, I guess we'll never know until someone tries to do it!!
    If you do make them using the candy melts please send me pics of the end result...I love seeing all the pics of the finished cupcakes that are sent my way :)

    DreaTaber said...

    I have a question for you. I've never worked with royal icing before, but I have done frozen buttercream transfers. Can these be frozen for future use? I am making them for our twin girls fist birthday so any thing I can do ahead of time would be helpful.

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hi DreaTaber :)

    The toppers cannot be frozen, but they can be stored in an airtight container for a loooonnnnnggggg time...I have some that have been sitting for well over four months now and still haven't broken down.

    So if you need to make them ahead of time, you could just put them aside, until you are ready to assemble the entire cupcake.
    Any other questions, please let me know :)
    Thanks for stopping by!

    DreaTaber said...

    Awesome! The girls were born on Christmas Eve, so at least I know they will last until then. Yay! I'm so excited. =D

    Anonymous said...

    Do you sell them? or Would you be willing to?

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hi anonymous....please email me

    ef83df4e-30b4-11e1-8bff-000bcdcb8a73 said...

    I can't wait to try this for my daughter's 9th birthday. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    Bmahoney said...

    how far in advance can i make the cupcake toppers?

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hi Bmahoney....you can make them months in advance if you needed to. Just store in a dry, airtight container....they last a while:)
    Hope that helps!

    Bmahoney said...

    that definitely helps, thank you i am making them tonight for a party this weekend. Can't wait!!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hey Bmahoney...the fact that they can be made in such advance is part of the reason why these are so awesome :)
    Just be sure to let the black outline dry COMPLETELY before you add in the white...
    If you need any help with anything,please e-mail me or leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can :)

    Becka said...

    These are awesome! I don't have a steady enough hand to do the topper myself but with these directions I'm positive I know someone who does! Thank you fr sharing your talents and all the resources to go along with them! My daughters Bitthday is coming up and I can make the best tasting, moist, chocolately cupcake ever. I just can't ever make then look pretty! I have very unsteady hands.

    Mighty Morgan said...

    Hey Becka!!!! I have found that using little squeeze bottles are much easier, especially if you have an unsteady hand!!! Good luck with them and if you or your friend need any help.....please don't hesitate to ask:)

    k3nnsMOM said...

    Hey MM, OMG these are gorgeous.I would love to make these for my daughters 3rd Bday party.I really need your help.Im not a baker but Im great at following directions.I want to make these cupcakes and also make other cupcake toppers of the other monstr high characters skull icon using the royal icing.Plz help me.


    email me at sabrinah4896@yahoo.com

    Karrie said...

    I am totally going to try this. Never done anything like this before. I am a former graphic artist and have a pretty steady hand so I am hoping for the best. Also can you put these directly onto a sugar cookie? Just was thinking for party favors they might be cute too.

    Renee S. said...

    Hi! These cupcakes look fabulous! I'm going to make the cupcakes for a friend's daughter as well as a cake. Would you be able to help me with a template for the cake? I was thinking about 4" or 5". My email is: lilpiglet221@yahoo.com Thank you so much!

    Anonymous said...

    Can you email me the skullette please? Suujievansu@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    You can find it in varying sizes on the template page....look at the tabs on top of the site :)

    Mighty Morgan said...

    All sizes can be found on the templates tab lOcated at the top of the page

    Mighty Morgan said...

    You can put them on really anything you want to :)

    Anonymous said...

    They turned out awesome! I used candy melts.

    Mighty Morgan said...

    I never tried them withcandy melts....I will have to try it one day :)

    Dfeye said...

    Can you use regular icing in them? I'm making them for my daughter's birthday party this weekend. I also used some glitter gel I found at Walmart. I only pray they turn out as well as yours. Thank you for sharing!!!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    I never tried them using regular icing so I couldn't really tell you yes or no. If it does work, please let me know :)

    Dfeye said...

    Regular icing worked, but it was a lot harder to deal with!! Also, the sparkle gel doesn't dry so that's a no go. I hope these are a big hit at my daughters party tomorrow!!

    Mighty Morgan said...

    That's great....hope your daughter loves them :)

    Missy said...

    These are just way too cute. I'm going to try to make them for my daughter's bday next weekend. I'm having trouble pulling up skull template though. Can you email to me? Hoffstedderm@yahoo.com thanks!

    Anonymous said...

    hi you are truly an inspiration....thanks for sharing...your work is amazing...im going to try to make these for my little one...is there anyway that you would be willing to share the silhouette stencil you used...if so i would appreciate it thank you so much...

    gnzlz_mrg@yahoo.com

    BrandiB said...

    This is genius! I just went to a cake store to get someone to make these. I will love to be the super crafty mom this weekend for my daughters birthday. Would you mind helping a mom out with the stencil? My email is brandicowan@gmail.com. You are now my favorite bookmark.

    Ree said...

    Hi Mighty Morgan

    Thanks so much for sharing your great tips and techniques. I am throwing my daughter a Monster High themed party next week and am going to attempt this technique for cookies and cupcakes! Best site I have seen for inspiration and instructions! Thanks again!