Some of you might remember from this post that I have two cute little monsters with birthdays just one day apart… and in December no less! (I know… what were we thinking, right?). They turned 3 and 1 this year, and to celebrate we threw a Monster themed birthday party that turned out to be a blast. Seriously, I recommend it to all you boy (and even you girl) mamas out there. I had monster coloring pages for the kids when they first arrived at the party. Then the games consisted of a monster hunt where I hid little pictures of monsters all over the house and the kids had to find them and feeding the monster (I made a bean bag toss into a monster’s gaping mouth). I considered letting the kids build their own monster cupcakes… but I have light carpet and limited space, so I decided against it. I mean, keep the party fun for Mom, too, right? The cupcakes were so much fun to make. I got a kick out of putting together each unique little guy. And those monster marshmallow pops were not only pretty easy, they were adorable! And a serious hit with kids to boot. (I linked to all the ingredients on amazon if that helps, but you can pick up most of these ingredients at Wal-Mart, too).
Monster Mash Cupcakes and Marshmallow Monster Pops
Submitted by Mindy ~ The Sisters Cafe
For the Monster Mash Cupcakes:
Frosting in various bright colors (Icing paste works a lot better than regular food coloring for bright colors)
candy melts in various colors
Wilton Candy Eyeballs (or make your own with white candy melts and mini chocolate chips for pupils… I did both)
Disposable Decorating Bags
One color at a time, microwave the candy melts at 50% power for 2 minutes. Stir until bowl is no longer warm. Then microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the candy is melted. Transfer into decorating bags with small round tip or ziploc bags with a small hole cut out of the corner. Pipe horns, arms, mouths, noses and eyes on wax paper or a silpat. Use sprinkles or edible glitter immediately if desired. Allow to harden in a cool place. (If you place the wax paper or silpat on a cookie sheet, you can transfer the piped designs into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden.) This can be done ahead of time.
Pipe the various brightly colored frosting onto the cupcakes using an extra large round (1A) tip (or the extra large star tip is cute, too). Place a dot of frosting on the cupcake and pull away, repeating until your cupcake has a spiky appearance. Just do it quick since the frosting doesn’t need to be perfect. Decorate with the previously made candy horns, arms, mouths, noses and eyes as desired.
Place a lollipop stick into each marshmallow.
One color at a time and in separate bowls, microwave the candy melts at 50% power for 2 minutes. Stir until bowl is no longer warm. Then microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the candy is melted. Immediately dip the marshmallows into the melted candy, sparing the top. Immediately place three eyeballs on the fronts of the pops. Place the dipped marshmallows pops on wax paper or silpat to harden.
If needed at this point, remelt the partially hardened candy of different colors in the bowls at 50% power at 30 second intervals until melted again. Then transfer the melted candy into decorating bags with small tips or ziploc bags with small holes cut in one corner. Pipe “hair” on the monster pops by starting at the stick and piping a strip outward to cover the exposed marshmallow, repeating until covered.
Source: I saw this idea on tip junkie and winged it!