This has been something on my to do list for 2 years now! I first got the idea from the Sesame Street Cupcakes at Busch Gardens. We spend a lot of time at Busch Gardens every summer and all of the characters have become like a part of our extended family!
I ended up settling on the Cookie Monster cupcake on that hot summer day back in 2010 and decided to recreate the characters myself. However, I just kept pushing my remake of these cupcakes farther and farther down the list. I kept putting them off until recently seeing Cookie Monster at The Weekly Sweet Experiment and that was enough to make me want to get moving on this project! My daughter had really hoped for Abby Cadabby first, but I already had the WhoNu? Cookies to use for the mouth and red icing in the refrigerator, Elmo was the character that I decided to create first!
These lovable little guys are super easy to make too!
All you need is:
Sandwich type cookies cut in half
Orange M&Ms (I used Pretzel M&Ms)
White Necco Candy
Black Candy Writer
Icing colored red
In advance, heat the candy writer and make the black dots on the white Necco candies.
I also find it is best to color your icings a day in advance, because the colors do tend deepen with time. I had already previously colored the icing with Americolor Super Red, so it had time to deepen. Color it a shade lighter and give it this extra time, if possible. I have actually had a red icing that I colored and used immediately turn burgundy within about 6 hours.
Once you are ready to decorate, ice cupcakes using piping bag fitted with tip 233 and using a squeeze and release motion cover the cupcake. Add the eyes, mouth, and nose, and wallah! Elmo is finished!
*Note: I did find that after these cupcakes sat for quite a few hours the red began to bleed into the Neccos. I have already made the eyes for the next character as well, so we will see if it is just the color red or other colors as well. Upside down candy melts or cut marshmallows are another option for the eyes.
That first year that I began taking my youngest daughter to Busch Gardens, each visit she got a new mini character. Her first was this Elmo! Maybe I should go back and look at pictures and make all of the characters in the order that she got the mini of the character! I don't know if she would like that very well though, since Abby wasn't available for a very long time! She has always loved the characters, we never had the problem with her crying or running from them like some kids we have seen, she always ran to them! I can't wait for summer again!
Other Sesame Street Characters that I have made: