Cookie Monster Cupcakes and the Sydney Food Bloggers Spring Picnic!

Cake made by Anna from Diary of a Ladybird

As I’m sure you have all read about already, the awesome Billy from A Table for Two and Karen from Citrus and Candy organised a picnic for the Sydney Food Blogger community a few weeks ago. There was a great turn-out, with lots of new faces as well as familiar ones, and of course there were mountains of tasty food which spanned across at least 3 picnic rugs!

We were all encouraged to bring a plate to share, and to put some effort into it as well since there were some great prizes up for grabs, including restaurant vouchers and a brand spanking new KitchenAid which was won by Anita from No Red Meat. Congrats Anita!

It was the weekend before my thesis was due so I decided to whip up something easy like cupcakes. Since Nuffnang was sponsoring the picnic one of the categories included a prize for the best blue dish. Whilst trawling the internet for some cupcake decorating ideas I came across this Cookie Monster cupcake which I thought was an awesome idea and I set out to replicate it.

It seems great minds think alike, since there were two other offerings of Cookie Monster cupcakes at the picnic (one of which was made by Sook from Nommy Nom Nom). Even though we all had the same basic idea, all the cupcakes were slightly different. I decorated mine with dessicated coconut which had been dyed blue to give it a ‘furry’ effect and piped dark chocolate for the eyes instead of using choc chips.

My favourite part of the cupcake though is the cookie that is shoved in Cookie Monster’s mouth! If you’re going to make these it’s probably best to insert the cookie on the day you’re going to serve them to avoid the cookies going stale as mine did. I was getting worried at the amount of blue food colouring that was going into the whole product so I skimped a bit on colouring the coconut (you can see some white flecks where the coconut didn’t manage to be dyed blue), but feel free to go crazy on the blue food colouring if you want a really vivid, intense blue colour.

Cookie Monster Cupcakes
Makes 12
For the cupcakes
90g butter, softened
110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
3 tablespoons milk

For the icing (recipe from here)
45g (2 1/2 tablespoons) flour
120ml (1/2 cup) milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
115g butter, softened
115g caster sugar
blue food colouring

For decorating
Dessicated coconut
White chocolate melts
Melted dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
Blue food colouring
Chocolate chip cookies

1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a cupcake tin with paper cases. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and the vanilla and beat until combined. Sift flour into the mixture and mix until just incorporated. Lastly, add the milk and mix well. Divide the batter amongst the cases and smooth surface, bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes clean. Turn cakes onto a wire rack to cool.

2. For the icing, whisk the flour and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until it thickens to a gluey consistency. Stir in the vanilla and set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile, cream the butter and sugar until it is as light as possible since you want the icing to be almost completely white so the blue colouring turns it blue instead of green. When the flour and milk mixture is completely cool, add it to the creamed butter and sugar and beat for several minutes until it looks like whipped cream. Add blue food colouring until the desired colour is obtained.

3. Pipe small circles of melted dark chocolate onto your white chocolate melts or alternatively heat the back of some dark choc chips so that they adhere to the white chocolate to make your eyes. Place some dessicated coconut into a zip-lock bag and add a few drops of blue food colouring. Seal the bag and using your fingers mix the coconut around with the food colouring until the coconut is coated in the colour. Add more food colouring if desired.

4. To decorate your cupcakes to look like Cookie Monster, ice your cupcakes with a good amount of icing so you have enough depth to stick the eyes and cookies into the icing layer. Place the blue coconut into a small bowl or plate and roll the iced cupcakes into the coconut until the outside is completely covered in coconut ‘fur’. Insert the eyes into the icing layer and cut small choc chip cookies in half and put them where Cookie Monster’s mouth should be. These can be stored in the fridge but try to put the cookie in just before you serve it so it doesn’t go stale. Enjoy!

24 thoughts on “Cookie Monster Cupcakes and the Sydney Food Bloggers Spring Picnic!”

  1. My boyfriend saw this post over my shoulder as I was using his computer and is desperate for cookie monster cupcakes…haven't seen him so excited in AGES! He wanted me to ask you for the receipe…I just scrolled down and there it was! men!

  2. Sooo cute! I really like the effect of the blue and flecks of white in the coconut, and those gorgeous googly eyes.

  3. These are absolutely adorable! I wish I had kids to make them for. I'm looking for an excuse to try these :)

  4. I love the penguin! I had a small dragon my boyfriend won for me on a Jersey Shore holiday away and we took him to all our eating spots and photographed him with our food, stealing our food and enjoying our food. The pics are great but I have lost him somehow. I also love the Oscar cupcakes I saw on Food Gawker. It was that pic that drew me in! I also have a friend that has that very same little penguin. Alot in common there :) Regardless, love the blog!

  5. Heeeeheee your cookie monster cupcakes were so so cute! and very tasty :) I loved that you used the blue coconut, I haven't seen it done like that before!

  6. Your cupcakes are fabulous! I love cookie monster.

    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 beautiful baking, sweets and desserts.

  7. i saw your post on foodgawker and i laughed/ snorted. perfect reaction, i hope that's what you were going for. these are precious!

  8. Okay cookie monster cupcakes is just too cute, I am so making these this weekend for the kids. Thanks for the recipe and the decorating tips.

  9. I love these and borrowed your idea and made mine today together with elmo and big bird… not the same recipe at all but I love the colored coconut idea… should post mine tomorrow :) Thank you so much for great ideas

  10. Hi MelbaToast – Haha that is so cool, thanks for sharing that little story! Totally made my day =D

    Hi Simon – Thanks!

    Hi mademoiselle delicieuse – hehehe I think the eyes are my favourite part =D

    Hi Emma – Thank you so much :)

    Hi megan – Who says you need kids to bake them for? Hehe you can always devour them all yourself!

    Hi polwig – Thanks! I love cookie monster too! He's my favourite Sesame Street character :)

    Hi foodiesarefun – Aw that's sad that you lost the dragon :( A very talented friend actually made that little penguin for me. Thanks for the compliments!

    Hi Stephcookie – Glad you liked them!

    Hi Bakeolicious – Thanks!

    Hi chocolatesuze – LOL I just had to add that in somewhere =P

    Hi Ellen – Thank you so much :)

    Hi Ms Curious – Sounds like a great idea! Elmo is so cute as well :)

    Hi Tina – Aww thanks!

    Hi RachelSmiles – Hahaha just imagining someone snorting after looking at the photo makes me laugh, I love it!

    Hi ButterYum – hehe Cookie Monster is my fave too :) C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me…

    Hi Gianna – Aw your comment made me smile =D

    Hi Medifast Coupons – No problems! Hope they turn out well!

    Hi Fitness Foodie – hehe thanks!

    Hi Phuoc'n Delicious – Thanks Phuoc! I was worried they weren't going to turn out as I hoped but the coconut worked out well in the end!

    Hi polwig – No worries, can't wait to see your post!

  11. I attempted your cookie monster recipe over the weekend and they turned out really well.. of course not as good looking as your ones. I’ll be posting up my attempt shortly but I really just wanted to say thank you :)

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