Elmo Vanilla Birthday Party Cupcakes | A delicious moist funfetti vanilla cupcake with the cutest Elmo frosting. The perfect birthday party cupcake! Whether you’re planning a Sesame Street Birthday Party or your child just loves Elmo these easy to make Elmo Vanilla Birthday Party Cupcakes will put a smile on any little ones face and that’s what parties are all about….right?
Now you can create your child’s furry fun lovin’ friend for their birthday. It’s a lot easier then you may think. Elmo is just the cutest thing….all furry and lovable.
The first hurdle I had to overcome was working with fondant. I had never worked with it and didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was easier then I thought and the cupcake came together super easy. I found little tubs of orange and black fondant at Michael’s.
For the mouth I used a piece of cardboard (the back of a used tablet), I drew the shape of the mouth, cut it out, rolled a small portion of the black fondant and traced the mouth using the template with an pointed knife. The fondant rolls better with a plastic rolling pin.
Now that all the face pieces are ready it’s time to put it all together! Place the mouth on the cupcake. Using a large grass tip (#234) or star tip, add red frosting around the edge of the cupcake…..
For the Vanilla Cupcakes
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons sprinkles
For the Bakery Red Frosing
- 2 cups shortening
- 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 8 cup powdered sugar
- 6 to 8 tablespoons milk
- red gel food coloring
For the Vanilla Cupcake Recipe:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with liners. In a large mixing bowl beat butter until light and fluffy, add vanilla extract. Whip until combined; slowly add sugar and continue beating until combined. Add eggs and egg yolks to the butter mixture one a time making sure each one has been incorporated. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the heavy cream to the butter mixture until combined. Fold in sprinkles. Fill to three fourths full (one ice cream scoop). Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before add frosting.
For the Red Bakery Frosting:
Add the shortening to a medium mixing bowl. Beat until shortening is light and fluffy. Add extracts and beat until incorporated into the shortening. Add the sugar 1 cup at a time; beat until smooth between each addition. Add milk only if frosting is too thick. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches spreading or piping consistency. Add red gel food coloring until the desired color is reached.
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