|Kristen's Monster Cupcakes|
My friend Kristen first made these for her son's 2nd birthday a few years back. It has become tradition, as his special day is at the end of October. I absolutely love these! They are fun, funky, and oh-so-creative. As Kristen told me, there is no 'right' way of decorating these- just have fun! My motto exactly.
Some simple instructions and tips:
When using your basic cake mix, Kristen has a few great tips. She either slightly under bakes her cupcakes (start with a minute less than that of the given range, and test with a toothpick to make sure it isn't doughy). Her other great tip that always makes the cupcakes more moist, (plus has the added benefit of less fat) is that she substitutes the oil for applesauce, in direct proportion.
The cupcakes above are base frosted in 3 different colors, green, grey and white. They are decorated with all different kinds of candy: assorted licorice, white chocolate chips, different gummies, marshmallows, etc. She used these to create one-of-a-kind silly monster faces.
Basic Buttercream Frosting:
8 TBS butter, room temperature
3 3/4 powdered sugar
3 TBS milk
2 tsp vanilla
Add ingredients one at a time on low, and then beat on medium 1-2 minutes. Adjust powdered sugar or milk to change consistency.