I promised my 11-year-old niece, Lizzy, these Cookie Monster Cupcakes months ago, ever since she used a Cookie Monster cupcake as a profile pic for her Facebook.
That version of the cupcake used a muffin, blue-coloured grated coconut, and a particular type of sweet for its eyes which isn't available in Singapore.
Therefore, I had to improvise.
I debated with whether to go ahead with muffins or a cupcake, but since it was her birthday, I decided to go with a cupcake base.
Light Buttercream Frosting
5 tbsp Flour
1 cup Milk
1 cup Unsalted Butter (227gm)
1 cup Fine Sugar (NOT icing sugar)
1-2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Whisk together in a saucepan the flour and milk to make a roux. Cook over medium heat for a minute or two until the mixture thickens. Be careful not to let the mixture stiffen. (Mine did - and it created lumps in the frosting later, which made it very difficult to pipe as the starchy bits got stuck in the holes. I had to run the entire frosting through a sieve before I was able to make use of the frosting.)
- Run the roux mix through a sieve to get rid of lumps.
- Beat the butter and sugar until the butter lightens in colour. Beat in the cooled roux about 2 tablespoon at a time, until the buttercream is well mixed.
- Add the vanilla extract.
Cookie Monster Cupcakes
Mentos sweets (enough for 2 eyes for each cupcake)
Chocolate chips (one for each Mentos)
Chocolate chip cookies, one for each cupcake
Non-coloured buttercream frosting
Blue-coloured buttercream frosting
Grass piping tip
I'm happy to report that Lizzy was happy with her little Cookie Monsters. They were a hit with everyone. =)
- Begin by baking the cupcakes. Allow it to cool before preparing for frosting, otherwise the heat in the cupcake will melt the buttercream frosting.
- Whilst waiting for the cupcakes to bake/cool, make the Cookie Monster eyes. Attach a chocolate chip with a bit of non-coloured frosting onto the Mentos, making sure to put it off-centred.
- Once the cupcakes are cooled, make a cut into the cupcake, remove a cavity large enough to hold a chocolate chip cookie comfortably.
- Make blue buttercream frosting by adding enough blue colouring to the buttercream frosting. Spread some frosting into the cavity for the cookie, so that it can hold the cookie well.
- I bought the grass piping tip from Phoon Huat (Wilton #234), to pipe the fur. Make sure to pipe under the cookie as well.
- Put the eyes close together. For really cute Cookie Monsters, try not to place the pupils of the eyes too evenly. Cookie Monster goes a little crazy when he has a yummy cookie in his mouth. ;P