prepare cake mix via box
make into 24 cupcakes
while cupcakes are baking and cooling whip up red and orange frosting
make a small amount of orange as you are only using a tiny amount
prepare the eye balls
i used wiltons candy melts and hershey chocolate chips
dab a small dot of frosting into the center of the backside ( the flat side) of a candy melt
stick on a chocolate chip, note if you use to much frosting it will ooze out under the chocolate chip
TA DA! EYEBALL!
set them aside to dry
prep your piping bag with a coupler, and the 233 tip ( i used wilton)
and fill the bag with red frosting
tip 233 is the one you use for grass or hair
now you are ready to make Elmo.
Seriously it is SO easy. and take little time.
cover the cupcake by 'dabbing' the frosting in a spiral pattern,
work your way from the outter edges inwards
place the tip just above the cupcake
squeeze while lifting
keep doing that until you have covered the whole cupcake and it looks like its covered in red grass
not all of the 'hairs' will look perfect, but thats alright bc Elmo doesnt brush his hair
i prefer to frost all of my cupcakes and then go to the next step, like an assembly line
add a small dot of the orange frosting for a nose,
i do this to all of them at the same time
then i add a small strip of red frosting to hold the eyes
this is totally optional though
now add the eyes
just stick them close together in the 'base' area
use a knife, or spoon to smooth out a small mouth shape right below the nose
fill it in with black gel coloring
if you have any questions feel free to ask.
i tried to explain as much as possible.