Delicious yellow cupcakes filled with chocolate chips then topped of with buttercream frosting and a cookie to resemble Cookie Monster.
Last month was my sons third birthday. It's been quite the year but we were determined to make his birthday a great one. We celebrated three times. Once with his great aunt and uncle, once with just the three of us, and once with his grandparents.
I was trying to think of a theme for his birthday that would be easy to make. For his first birthday we did Little Blue Truck which he still loves. For his second birthday we did a space theme. This year we ended up doing two different mini themes.
The first was a construction cake. He loves all construction vehicles so I made a cute cake with a bulldozer making a road that looked like the number 3. It was pretty easy to do and turned out really cute.
The second thing I did was to make these Chocolate Chip Cookie Monster Cupcakes. My son loves Sesame Street. It's one of the only things he watches on TV. We had planned to take him to Sesame Place this year but with everything going on we didn't end up taking him.
These cookies are adorable and they were super simple to make. The base of the cupcakes is just my basic yellow cupcake recipe then I folded in chocolate chips. That's it; simple and so tasty.
For the frosting I whipped up a batch of buttercream because it holds and shapes well. Then I piped it on using a star tip to give some texture. I added half of a chocolate chip cookie for Cookie Monster's mouth and then some edible eyes.
Funny story about the eyes. I had a box of candy eyes but when I went to get them I realized I only had very tiny eyes left. I did not want to run to the store so I made my own!
I made a batch of firm royal icing and piped out all the white circles then piped black dots in the middle of them. They air dried for 24 hours and were easy to pick up and put on the cupcakes. Plus I have a ton leftover which will be great for my Halloween creations!
My husband and I enjoyed the cupcakes. They are sweet but using semi-sweet chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate chips helps to cut the sweetness some. J doesn't actually eat cake or cookies or cupcakes so he just had a few tastes of the frosting though he did yell Cookie Monster at the cupcake so I think he liked it.
Pro Tips and Substitutions:
- You can use your favorite yellow or white cake mix to make the cupcakes and just mix in one cup of chocolate chips.
- Feel free to experiment with the different types of chips you put in the cupcakes. If your child loves peanut butter put half chocolate chips and half peanut butter chips. Have a caramel lover? Add in some caramel chips! Have fun with it.
- Do not over bake these cupcakes as they will dry out. Pull them out when they are just baked and let them cool completely before decorating.
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For the Cupcakes:
- 1 ¼ c. flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ c. (1 stick) butter
- ⅔ c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ c. milk
- ½ c. chocolate chips
For the frosting and decorations:
- 1 c. (2 sticks) butter
- 3-4 c. powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- blue food coloring
- 6 chocolate chip cookies, cut in half
- 24 candy eyes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add half the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in the milk until well combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until batter is smooth.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
- Fill the prepared muffin cups ¾ of the way full.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the frosting beat the butter in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed. Add the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Add in the vanilla and milk and mix well. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
- Stir in ½ teaspoon of blue food coloring.
- Use a star tip and pipe stars all over the top of the cupcakes to look like fur.
- Place half of a cookie on the bottom third of each cupcake. Place two eyes on the top third of the cupcake. Enjoy!
Recipe for cak eand frosting are Hezzi-D Original recipes. Decorating idea seen on The Fancy Fiasco