How to make adorable Elmo cupcakes and Cookie Monster cupcakes from Sesame Street. Perfect for a Sesame Street Party.

Sesame Street cupcakes

Sesame Street has been a favourite for decades and a Sesame Street Birthday party is never going to disappoint

I’m so glad Sesame Street is still on air after all these years.

Such fond memories I have of watching it and counting along with The Count, craving cookies with the Cookie Monster and doing whatever it is Big Bird does with him.

Sesame street cupcakes

I’ve been looking for an excuse to bring Sesame Street to life in cupcake form for months!

A friend’s Birthday last week seemed like the perfect excuse.

He’d already told me he felt old so what better way to make him feel young again than to make him kiddy cakes?!

Of course my inspiration came from Pinterest.

The original pins don’t seem to link to anything so I can’t credit the creator but the method I totally make up so I shall call myself the co-creator.

What you need to make Elmo & Cookie Monster mini cakes

For Elmo cupcakes you will need:

  • Red food colouring – for a natural option, we like to use Hopper’s, for a true deep red, Wilton gel colours are the way to go but they are anything but natural.
  • Jaffas – these are organge-flavoured chocolates with a red candy shell.
  • White chocolate buttons – for the eyes
  • Mini Oreos – for the mouth
  • Something to draw on the eyeballs – you could use an edible marker or melted dark chocolate. I just used a Sharpie & told everyone not to eat the eyes.

For Cookie Monster Cupcakes you will need:

  • Blue food colouring
  • White chocolate buttons
  • Mini choc-chip cookies – either store-bought or homemade.
  • Something to draw on the eyeballs

How to decorate Sesame Street Cupcakes

Red and blue

Make the icing

First up I had to make the fur for Elmo and The Cookie Monster.

It takes quite a lot of colouring to get the bright blue and red.

I used gel colours because they’re much stronger but you could use the regular ones you get in the supermarket you’ll just need a lot.

How to make buttercream icing.

Cookie monster fur

Pipe on the icing

To create the fur for Sesame Street Cupcakes, I used a star tip and just blobbed the icing on top then messed it up a bit.

If you don’t have a piping bag or icing tips, you can spread the icing on and then rough it up with a fork.

He can see!

Add the eyes

Cookie Monster needs to see his cookies so I gave him eyes.

Now I might have drawn the pupils into the white chocolate buttons with a marker pen.

I didn’t have time to melt chocolate and fiddle around making them myself so I took the easy route knowing I could warn everyone not to eat them.

If you’re making them for kids, use melted dark chocolate or an edible pen to add the pupils.

Cookie Monster cupcakes - how to make Sesame Street cupcakes

Add the mouths

Mini choc-chip cookies completely the Cookie Monsters!

I left some whole and crumbled a couple around their mouths.

Repeat for Elmo

To make Elmo cupcakes

To make Elmo I used the same eyes as The Cookie Monster but drew the pupils so they’d be close together in the middle.

His nose is a Jaffa and his mouth is a mini Oreo cut in half.

How to make Sesame Street cupcakes
Sesame street cupcakes – Elmo and the Cookie Monster

Aren’t they the cutest things ever?

Big Bird in cupcake form might have taken it to a whole new level of cuteness.

Common questions

Do I have to make the cupcakes? Absolutely not! You can buy un-iced cupcakes from some bakeries and supermarkets. Alternatively, you could also use a packet mix.

How long do they keep? They’ll last for a few days in an air-tight container or up to a week if you put it in the fridge.

Can you freeze Sesame Street cupcakes? You sure can. Just pop them in an air-tight container.

How to make Elmo Cupcakes for a Sesame Street party
Elmo cupcake

What about you? Who is your favourite Sesame Street character? What was your favourite children’s show?

Cookie Monster cupcake


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Baby Sesame Street cupcakes - Elmo and The Cookie Monster

Baby Sesame Street cupcakes - Elmo and The Cookie Monster

Yield: 24


  • 24 baby cupcakes
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 100g butter, softened
  • red and blue food colouring (I used Wilton gel colours)
  • 12 jaffas
  • 28 white chocolate buttons
  • 6 mini Oreos cut in half
  • 12 mini choc-chip cookies
  • something to draw on the eyeballs
  • Red and blue coloured sprinkles (optional).


  1. Make the icing by beating the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the icing sugar a little at a time and continue to beat. Add a little milk to get it to a good consistency.
  3. Divide the icing in half and colour one half blue and one half red.
  4. Use a star tip nozzle to pipe rough stars onto the top of each cupcake. Make it rough so it looks like fur.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the cupcake with the same coloured sprinkles.
  6. Draw eyeballs on the white chocolate buttons.
  7. To make The Cookie Monster, attache the 'eyes' then add a choc-chip cookie for his mouth. Crumble some of the cookies first.
  8. To make Elmo, add the eyes then stick a Jaffa in the middle to make his nose.
  9. Cut the Oreos in half and place half on the cupcake to make his mouth.

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