Monster Cupcakes

These aren’t the scariest Halloween treat, but they were so cute I just couldn’t resist making them for our pumpkin carving party this past weekend.  Cupcakes disguised as colorful furballs with crazy eyes?  I love it!  The kid in me had a wonderful time putting these together, so I can only imagine how what a fun project these would be to make with kids helping.  They may look complicated, but these are one of the easiest decorative cupcake designs I have tried.  There is so much room for creativity – different colors and textures of the “hair”, different colored candies for the eyeballs, adding optional noses, maybe adding some antennae…the  possibilities are endless.

Monster Cupcakes
What you’ll need:
Standard size cupcakes in colored liners (any flavor)
Equal number of mini cupcakes, liners removed (any flavor)
Vanilla (or other white) frosting (I used easy vanilla buttercream)
Icing colors
Piping bags fitted with desired decorative tips
Small round lollipops (such as Dum Dums)
Gummy peach or green apple slices
Small round candy-coated chocolates (such as M&Ms)

Start out by baking your desired flavor of standard size cupcake in colored paper liners.  (I like the look of the monochromatic monster so I went for solid liners.)

Pipe or spoon a small blob of frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes.

Place a mini cupcake upside down on top of each standard cupcake, using the the frosting to help them adhere.

Fit piping bags with decorative tips that will achieve whatever sort of “hair” you want your monster to have.   Divide your frosting into small bowls and tint with icing color to match the colored cupcake liners.  Fill the piping bags.

Go to town covering the cupcake in frosting hair.  (I used a Wilton #3 tip for the purple guys.) 

Note: If you are using a buttercream type frosting, particularly homemade, the heat from your hand can melt the frosting slightly if you are holding the piping bag for a long time.  If you notice this happening, just pop it into the fridge and let it firm up again before continuing.  Work with another color in the meantime, if you are making more than one shade.

Repeat with the other cupcake colors.  (Wilton tip #352 here.)

(Wilton #21 tip, I think.)

If you want the centers of the eyes of each monster to be the same color, match up your lollipops by flavor.  (By the way, there are a lot of weird flavors of Dum Dums!)

Fit a gummy peach or apple slice around each lollipop.  Pipe a small dab of frosting onto the front of each sucker.  Place an M&M on each as a pupil, using the frosting to adhere.  (Side note: I looked at two stores before I found the gummy peach slices, and never found the apple flavor.  What is up with that?!  I love gummy peach slices!)

Insert the lollipop sticks into the top of each cupcake so that they look like crazy awesome eyeballs.

These are some cute and tasty furballs.

Source: What’s New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

81 Responses

  1. I LOVE these….wish I had time to bake and play everyday. Love your blog!

  2. I’m supposed to bring a dessert to my daughter’s Halloween party on Saturday. Every single morning when I open your blog I say, “I’m going to bring those!” You’re giving me way too many fabulous options! I think I’m going to have to bring 5 different things. I am definitely making these! I can’t wait to show my daughter. They look so easy, too!

  3. So cute, what a great idea!

  4. these are so cute – putting the minis on top is such a creative way to add volume

  5. You’ve had the most amazing Halloween recipes this month!!

  6. Goodness these are the most adorable (and tasty looking) little monsters…!

  7. I love these! They remind me of the Yip Yip monsters from Sesame Street.

  8. Very cute and clever! Great work, too:o)

  9. Those remind me of the movie Monsters Inc. So adorable and whimsical. Love them!

  10. Adorable! Thank goodness for the mini cupcakes…I thought that was all frosting…ugh!

  11. I love them !

  12. Love these. I mean love, love, love them! Makes me think of a Muppets Monster Mash in the best way ever 🙂

  13. Hi Annie – Are those liners from Bake it Pretty by any chance? I’ve been looking for colored liners that will stay bright, and I bookmarked theirs but haven’t tried them yet. Love your site, and these are adorable!

    • Maggie,
      They might be but I honestly don’t remember. I have ordered cupcake liners from so many places, I rarely know where they came from by the time I use them. I do know that I have bought some from Confectionery House that are fantastic and stay vivid after baking (code word is “greaseproof”) – I think the green ones are from there but I’m unsure about the others. Maybe Bake It Pretty.

  14. You are SO incredibly talented! Looks amazing, as always!

  15. what kind of food coloring did you use to get such vivid icing colors?

  16. These are adorable!!! I love the eyes! And, I agree- there are some unusual dum-dum flavors, now!

  17. I love these! They do remind me a lot of Monsters, Inc!

  18. These remind me of the Muppets. I love the purple ones. You have such great ideas! I’m glad that you showed off the disposable pastry bags here. I have been having a hard time with the cheapo ones that I’ve got. Next time I’m out shopping I’m definitely getting some of those disposable ones.

  19. Oh my gosh those are so adorable!! I know adorable is probably not what you want for such a scary day…but they are, I can’t help it!!!

  20. These are too freakin’ cute!!

  21. Annie you are definitely the cupcake queen. These are fantastic. By the way, I am preparing for my son’s Dr Seuss party. Thanks to you, I am making a Cat in the Hat “hat” cupcake tower and have all the recipes and decorating ideas for the cupcakes. Your blog is a lifesaver! This idea for “hair” might be the good ‘plan b’ if my thing 1&2 cotton candy hair won’t hold up if made ahead of time.

    • That’s awesome! I thought of doing frosting hair but I thought it would have been just too much for the birthday cupcakes. Good luck and have fun!

  22. I love these! they remind me of the aliens from sesame street,yep yep yep uuhh huhh uhh huhh

  23. These are too awesome! I am making cupcakes for my mom’s first grade Halloween class party tonight, and I just totally ditched my former idea. I’m definitely making these. Thanks! 🙂

  24. These are amazing! So creative and just too adorable to eat. I’m impressed by your ability to keep the liners in their original color and shape! Can I ask…how do you get it to work this way?

  25. These are too cute! I just got the What’s New, Cupcake? book and have been trying to decided which cupcake to make first. I’m happy to hear these were easy to make too. Some of them look really hard to make. These are adorable and perfect for Halloween.

  26. These are a riot, Annie! Great job, and thanks for sharing your monster-making prowess with us!

  27. these are some of the most creative cupcakes that i’ve ever seen! you never cease to amaze me with your cupcake decorating talent 🙂

  28. Some may say it’s way too early for this since we haven’t even hit birthday number one yet, but I’m considering doing a “Monster Mash” theme for Judah’s 2nd birthday and bookmarking this as the dessert! 🙂 Thanks, Annie!!

  29. These are too too cute! You are so creative! Have you let Ben in the kitchen yet?? I have a 1 1/2 and a 3 year old. Hmm, am I daring enough?

    • Do you mean Andrew? Ben is my husband. Anyway, yes, Andrew likes to be in the kitchen while I cook and bake. I give him the ingredients I don’t need, measuring cups, etc. He has a great time.

  30. ADORABLE! Seriously love these. I think a fun modification could be turning the blue one into Cookie Monster! You could make mini chocolate chips cookies and stick one into the cupcake’s “mouth”?? Very fun idea!

    • There are some very cute Cookie Monster cupcakes around the web, though my favorite ones are covered in blue sanding sugar and do have the cookie in the mouth.

  31. Ha Ha! So cute!

  32. these are adorable! definitely going to have to try these out!!

  33. You are ridiculously talented, and looking at photos of your creations makes me so happy! Thanks for sharing.

  34. How freakin cute! And they look rather sample, I think even a beginner could tackle these! Thanks for sharing, love your blog!

  35. These are so stinking cool, I bet the kids faces will light up once they see these fabulous treats. You are one talented mother-baker-wife! Wow!

  36. They are one of the best things I have seen in a while. Brilliant.

  37. these are pure genious!! i especially love the one with the stringy hair…too cool!

  38. omg i totally forgot about these cupcakes. i saw a show or clip on it a while back and completely forgot about them. you did a fantastic job. thanks for reminding me of these!!!!!
    you are amazing!

  39. Maggie – I have purchased the cupcake liners from Bake It Pretty, and they are great quality, and hold up really well after baking. I think they may from the same manufacturer as the ones from Confectionery House, they are identical colors and quality.

  40. These are SUPER cute. Love’em!

  41. very cute idea! love them!

  42. These are so stinking cute!

  43. What a cute and creative Halloween idea, even great for a boy’s bday party!!!
    Love your blog!!

  44. What a fun idea for cupcakes!!! 🙂

  45. So creative! I love your blog!!! I visit it everyday and I’m learning a lot from you. Thank you.

  46. These are the cutest things ever. You have a lot of patience!

  47. These are SO fun and cute!!! brilliant 🙂

  48. What gorgeous cupcakes. Seeing these made me smile.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new baking photo gallery showcasing the best baking, sweets and desserts on the web.

  49. How in the world did you achieve the feathery look on the blue monster? Is the icing thicker? Do you stop squeezing the piping bag before you release? TIPS!

  50. Annie, these are so freaking cute I can hardly stand it. The purple guy is my favorite!

  51. Very, very cute!

  52. you come up with the more gorgeous stuff!

  53. These are AWESOME! The purple ones remind me of one of my favorite Sesame Street sketches – the one with the “yip-yip-yip” aliens.

  54. Hi Annie, this is simply genius! I’m truly inspired by your work!

  55. OMG how cute are these! love the mini cupcake idea. Thanks!

  56. Beautiful job.

  57. I agree with Ange, these cupcakes remind me of the Yip Yip monsters from Sesame Street. It’s an old skit, back from when I was a kid. Nice job!

  58. Hello Annie!
    I discover your blog probably a week ago, via an other blog and I got stuck on yours. I have checked pretty much ALL your posted related to sweets 🙂 and kitchen tools.
    The way you present everything, your comments, your pictures, the design of your blog, eveything is so addictive.
    You have amazing, refreshing, and really fun ideas. And of course, you are increadibly talented.
    The more I visit your blog, the more I want to start baking and learn. This looks likes so much fun.
    So I wanted to THANK YOU for:
    – sharing your tips
    – making baking/cooking seems more accessible (I now think that with practice and fun, I can do it too!)
    – making me feel happy with your fun ideas and colorful pictures

    Please keep posting!!! 🙂

    PS: At what age more or less did you start baking and getting all the equipement? (I am 24 … please don’t tell me it’s too late! :p)

  59. For those of us who are religious, your gorgeous cupcakes recall the holy Flying Spaghetti Monster. I hope that He may bless you with his noodly appendage for sharing so wonderful a creation!

  60. Just thought I’d mention- I always see those peach slices at hardware stores and feed/farm supply stores- they usually have clear bags of old-fashioned candies like circus peanuts, burnt peanuts, and gummy fruits. So if you have a Sutherlands or something like that, you might check there next time. Cabela’s (the hunting super-store) also has that kind of candy, if there’s one of those around. Cute cupcakes!

  61. Hahaha!! *LOVE* these!! *:)*

  62. You are so creative. Amazing as always!


  63. Annie outstanding post! Great step by step photos. Thanks

  64. These are too cute. My son’s birthday is on Halloween, so I’m going to borrow your idea and make little cupcake ghosts for his cake.

  65. these are TOOOOOO precious:)

  66. So, I commented earlier that I would try something similar for birthday cupcakes. I admit I deviated quite a bit from the original idea, but I think they turned out all right. They were definitely giggle-worthy 🙂

  67. These are seriously the cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen!! Your breakdown makes seem so easy to make.

  68. These are soo cute! I can’t wait to try them!

    I’m not sure if you tried looking at a movie store, like Blockbuster, but they might have the apple flavored rings. They usually have a huge variety of candies. Maybe worth checking, if you’re really set on trying apple one time? 🙂

  69. We made these cupcakes for my 9 y.o.’s “Monster Store” market project at school. She was able to do these pretty much all on her own (I did mix up the frosting for her). They were so unbelievably easy and unbelievably adorable!

    I put a link to her picture in the website section.

    They sold for double all the other cupcakes and their store was the first to sell out! I can’t thank you enough for sharing this.

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