How to Make Elmo Cupcakes

elmo cupcake

A few days ago was my baby grand daughter’s 2nd birthday. Since her favorite show is Sesame Street and she loves Elmo, I decided to make her some Elmo cupcakes for her birthday party.

It was pretty easy and most of the stuff can be found at your local craft store and the grocery store.

Here’s what you need to make Elmo Cupcakes:

  • Cake Mix
  • White Canned Frosting
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Red Sanding Sugar
  • White Candy Melts
  • Orange Gumdrops
  • Black Decorator Icing

Directions to Make Elmo Cupcakes:

  • First, make cupcakes. Any flavor is fine. I found some cute little Elmo cupcake papers at my local craft store (A.C. Moore) but if you can’t find them locally, Amazon has them here: Elmo Cupcake Papers.
  • Then whip up some butter cream frosting and mix in some red food coloring until you get “Elmo red”. Frost the cupcakes.  But before you make the frosting red, save a tablespoon or two of the white icing to attach Elmo’s pupils to his eyes.
  • I bought some red sanding sugar off of Amazon. You might be able to find this in the cake decorating section of your local craft store. I didn’t look for it there since I had already ordered it. Pour the sanding sugar in a bowl, and then pour over the top of the cupcake. I do this over another bowl so to catch and reuse the sugar that doesn’t make it on top of the frosting.
  • I bought some white candy melts from the craft store. Amazon also has them here: Candy Melts. Put 2 pieces of candy about a third of the way down into the cupcake.
  • Put a small dab of white icing on the bottom of a chocolate chip to attach the pupil in Elmo’s eyes.
  • I bought 2 small bags of gumdrop candy from the grocery store. They had different colors of gum drops in the bag but all I was interested in was the orange gumdrops. I cut each gumdrop into two lengthwise and used each half as a nose on a cupcake. You can actually use one whole gumdrop for the nose, but it seemed to stick out a little too much that way. Cutting it in half made it the perfect size.
  • Last, but not least, I bought a small tube of black decorator icing from the craft store. Fortunately they had a lot of this since they had all the Halloween stuff out. I drew a small line for the mouth. A tip with this stuff, practice a few times first making the mouth on a plate because it can be a little tricky. Don’t forget to buy zip lock bags, so you could bring the cup cakes to your friends and neighbors!

Elmo cupcakes

I thought about buying a multi-tier cupcake holder that I had seen a few weeks earlier at A.C. Moore. I was waiting until I had a coupon for it but unfortunately they were out of them. Instead, I used my 3 tier candy dish to hold the cupcakes and now I’m glad I did. I think they look adorable! What do you think?



4 Responses to “How to Make Elmo Cupcakes”

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  1. air purifier says:

    What cute cupcakes!! I love this idea, it’s perfect for a child’s party or really any party for that matter. Thanks for including such detailed instructions, I can’t wait to try making these myself!


  2. mommacat says:

    Thanks Sam. They are really fun to make and eat.

  3. Colleen Lawson says:

    I know what you mean by it being a little tricky to pipe the icing mouth. Why not just cut a string of black licorice into mouth sized pieces instead?

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