Monster Cupcakes Tutorial

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monster cupcakesLast month we celebrated Judah’s 2nd birthday and I served these Monster Cupcakes.  They were a huge hit and every kid seemed to enjoy having not just one, but TWO suckers to slurp on after they finished their cupcakes.

I promised a tutorial on how to make these.  They are actually pretty simple and can easily be customized.  Since monsters are pretty crazy and vary in shapes, anything goes when it comes to decorating them.

Here’s what you’ll need to make cupcakes exactly like the ones pictured above:

  • Solid Color Standard Sized Greaseproof Baking Cups (greaseproof is important in order for the color to stay vibrant after baking)
  • Standard sized cupcakes, baked in the greaseproof liners (any flavor)
  • Miniature-sized cupcakes, no liners (any flavor)
  • Vanilla buttercream frosting, colored in batches to match cupcake liners.  I have no tips on how to create the perfect colored icing and do trial and error every time.  If you need help with icing colors, I’d recommend reading this blog.
  • Piping bags and decorative tips (I used Wilton tips #104, #21, #3)
  • 2 small suckers for each monster
  • M&M’s (or any other small solid color round candy)


Squeeze a small amount of frosting in the middle of each standard sized cupcake.  Center a miniature cupcake, upside down, over each standard cupcake, using the frosting to act as a glue.


Using desired icing tips to pipe the hair on the monsters.  You can get creative here.  Here I used Wilton tip #104.  Other tip sizes listed below.


Pair suckers and round candies up by color to use as the monsters eyes.  Use the same frosting to glue on the round candies to each sucker, then top them on each monster.


Wilton tip #104 (above).  Pipe starting from around the bottom working your way up.


Wilton tip #21 (above).  Pipe lines from top to bottom, all around the cupcake.


Wilton tip #3 (above).  Go crazy and just squeeze the icing out of the bag, letting it fall wherever on the cupcakes for this one.  Try to go in somewhat circular, or loopy, motions.


These monsters were one of the first things noticed by the kids.  Definitely a furry and tasty hit!

For more tips on how to make these cupcakes, check out Annie’s Eats, and What’s New Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

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  1. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love your little monsters! The eyes are so cute! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. So adorable! I think the crazy purpley-pink one is my favorite!

  4. SO fun for kids and parents ! I would like to showcase these cupcakes on my cupcake recipes & ideas blog if you agree. Best regards

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