Critter Cupcakes

By Deb Roell

Animal Cupcake RecipeIt’s amazing how a little frosting and a little creativity can turn plain cupcakes into something fantastic. Make a batch of cupcakes using your favorite pre-packaged mix or homemade recipe, then let your creativity run wild to make these cute critters, or whatever else comes to mind! Happy spring!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cans vanilla frosting
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • Standard size marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips (regular and mini)
  • Chocolate wafer cookies (round)
  • Pink colored sugar
  • Assorted flavors/colors of
  • Tootsie Roll candies
  • Red food coloring
  • Red Skittles candy

DIRECTIONS (SHEEP):

  1. Cut two edges from chocolate wafer cookies to create a semi-triangular piece to use later for the head. Coat with chocolate frosting and allow to dry.
  2. Spoon vanilla frosting into a Ziploc bag. Cut tip from bag to create a very small hole, and pipe onto cupcake using a circular motion to create the sheep’s “wool.”
  3. Add head piece to cupcake, and top with more white frosting curls to hide the edges.
  4. For eyes, dip the flat sides of two mini chocolate chips into vanilla frosting, and press onto head.
  5. Cut chocolate Tootsie Roll candies in half and flatten into triangles for ears. Place onto cupcake.
  6. Optional: Add a small dab of pink frosting to create the sheep’s mouth, or use colored frosting to add a bow.

DIRECTIONS (COW):

  1. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting.
  2. Put approximately 1/2 container chocolate frosting in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until melted. Pour randomly onto cupcakes to create cow’s spots.
  3. To create a nose, add two or three drops of red food coloring to approximately 1/4 container vanilla frosting. Mix well and spoon into a small Ziploc bag. Cut tip from bag to create a very small hole, and pipe onto cupcake in a circular motion. Place two mini chocolate chips onto nose to finish.
  4. Place two regular size chocolate chips on cupcake as the cow’s eyes.
  5. Cut chocolate and lemon Tootsie Roll candies into quarters. Form two lemon candies into points to create horns, and flatten two chocolate candies into triangles for ears. Place onto cupcake.

DIRECTIONS (PIG):

  1. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting tinted with 1 drop red food coloring.
  2. Cut several marshmallows into four equal slices, and cut the inner slices in half. You’ll have two rounds and four half-circles per marshmallow.
  3. For each pig cupcake, you’ll need one marshmallow round and two half-circles. Use the round as the nose, and the half-circles as ears.
  4. Coat them in pink sugar and press into place on cupcake.
  5. Place two regular size chocolate chips on cupcake as the pig’s eyes.
  6. Place a red Skittle as the pig’s tongue, or use a piece of softened pink Tootsie Roll.
  7. Sprinkle pink sugar on the pig’s cheeks.
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