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Fur Balls & String Monster Cupcakes

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Fur Ball Monster Cupcakes

How adorable are these Fur Ball and String Monster cupcakes?! You could probably serve them any time of year, but they’d be really super-cute for Halloween too!

These wide-eyed little creatures are from the book What’s New, Cupcake?, which makes for a great gift idea for your favorite hostesses, moms (of all ages!), and party lovers. This book and sister book Hello, Cupcake! are actually 2 of my favorite gifts to give out. There are tons of ultra-creative designs that make even just flipping through them fun, including these Ants on a Cupake & Busy Bee creations.

string monster cupcakes

Read on for the full recipe & details of how to make both styles of cupcake monsters!

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FUR BALL MONSTERS:

Ingredients:
– 12 vanilla cupcakes baked in orange, green, and purple paper
– 12 mini vanilla cupcakes, paper liners removed
– 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
– Neon green, orange, and purple food coloring
– 24 mini lollipops (Dum Dums), unwrapped
– 24 peach or green apple gummy rings (O’s)
– 24 brown mini candy coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis)
– 12 assorted color candy-coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis)

Directions:
1. Spoon 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting into a small ziplock bag. Divide the remaining vanilla frosting among three bowls and tint each a different color with the food coloring. Spoon each color of frosting into a separate ziplock bag, press out the excess air, and seal the bags.

2. Insert a lollipop stick through a gummy ring, pushing it through the candy from the center to outer edge. Bring the gummy ring up around the lollipop, like a bonnet, to make the eyes. Continue with the remaining gummy rings and lollipops.

3. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bags with the frostings. Pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes. Place a mini cupcake on top, flat side down. Starting at the edge of the standard cupcake and using the tinted frosting, pipe furn with a squeeze-release-pull action. Continue until the entire exposed cupcake assembly is covered. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and colored frosting.

4. Insert 2 like-colored lollipop eyes into the top of each cupcake assembly. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each lollipop and add a brown candy for the pupil. Add a colored candy to the top of the frosting for the nose. Repeat with the remaining lollipop eyes and cupcakes.

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STRING MONSTER VARIATION:
Follow steps 1 and 2 above. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bags with the frosting. Pipe a dot of tinted frosting on top of the standard cupcakes. Place a mini cupcake on top, flat side down. Pipe the tinted frosting all over the cupcakes to make the string, making sure to cover cupcakes completely. Continue with step 4 above.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

24 responses to “Fur Balls & String Monster Cupcakes”

  1. Jeannette R. says:

    How cute are these!!?!? I have “Hello Cupcake” but I haven’t bought “What’s new, cupcake?”…. I totally have to now! These would be great for my sons next bday!

  2. Tiffany says:

    I am totally making these for my son’s class Halloween party. I LOVE THEM!!!

  3. Crystal Still says:

    I LOVE This ! I have both books and am obsessed with making them all! So GOOD!

  4. Mindy says:

    SO creative and cute, love it!

  5. Too cute! I will have to try these with my son.

  6. These cupcakes are just adorable! FUN!!!

  7. Notes from Holly St. says:

    these are so cute and clever!

  8. Holly Hatam says:

    these cupcakes remind me of the sesame street characters…yip yip yip yip yip…

  9. Krista B says:

    I’ve made these before! They are super easy, just make sure you chill your icing a little bit before you pipe. It makes creating “peeks” or “hair” a little easier. Both books from these authors are fantastic.

  10. Stacey says:

    Any kid would love these little guys. Love the eyes!

  11. These monster cupcakes are so adorable and they look equally delicious!

  12. pink bridesmaid dresses says:

    These are awesome. Monster cupcakes were always my daughter’s favorite. How I wish I had this recipe when she was young.

  13. Claudi says:

    Totally love these. Perfect for kids parties and much more!

  14. Simple and cute. This is perfect for all occasion parties and the colors are great as well. It opens a lot of possibility for design with the fur and the colors. A great combination of artistic ability and baking skills. Thanks for this great idea.

  15. PartyMom says:

    These could be so cute combined with the new collection just introduced on Chickabug! Now I’m really wishing I had thrown a Halloween party this year!

  16. Anon says:

    Oh these are just adorable. It should be the right of every kid to have parties as joyful as these little monsters would make them

  17. Theresa Z. says:

    These are super cute. I wish I would have seen this last week when I was putting together my Son’s girlfriend’s birthday party. She would have flipped over these. I will make them for her next year.

  18. Mindy says:

    I tried making something similar to these and ended up with a drippy goopy mess! I should’ve took someone’s advice from the comments on chilling the icing to make it firmer and more artist friendly :(

  19. Diana A in Omaha says:

    love them!! I was wondering if you’d share the name of the font used on the pictures? the one that spells Monster & Fur Ball. thanks so much :)

  20. ashleymcgarry says:

    I love these so much! I am going to attempt them for my son’s preschool class next week! I’ve linked to your post here:

    http://pretty-posy.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-faves.html

    Have a great weekend!

    Ashley

  21. I love these monster cupcakes.They are perfect any time of the year for little boys who love MONSTERS!

  22. Anna Toastbrot says:

    wow I love it.