There are some things you never get too old to enjoy. The Cookie Monster is definitely pretty high up on that list. Be it nostalgia or just a love for the kooky blue guy, everyone seems to love him.
These cupcakes were a commission from my sister for her friend's birthday. My sister had been almost begging me for months to make these for her friend, but I kept saying it would depend on my research commitments as to whether I would have time. When my trapping schedule got delayed by a week, I found the time to fill the order, much to my sister's excitement.
There are a thousand versions of this guy in cupcake form. This is mine.
Whichever way you go, it's not that difficult to make. This way does require a love for a lot of icing, however. I was assured by sister that this would not be a problem for her choice of recipients.
I dye the buttercream icing blue and shape it into place. I then coat it in dessicated coconut, also dyed various shades of blue to give a 'fuzzy' look. These are more old-school cookie monster, rather than the lighter blue of the more recent version. I've seen a lot of people use white chocolate melts for the eyes, but I use kool mints. I don't like cakes to have a 'front', so this looks effective from all angles. Bonus feature: after having such an enormous amount of icing, the kool mints are also great at cleansing the palate.
Then all they need is some black dots for eyes and a cookie stuffed in his mouth. Some of them get bigger cookies than others. Greedy Monsters.
Sister said she needed 10, so I made a dozen just in case.
The cupcakes themselves are chocolate. Of course. Always a crowd-pleaser.
There was one more thing to warn my sister about before making the cupcakes. The amount of dye required could result in some black and/or blue teeth and tongues.
Not a problem, she said.