The Oscar the Grouch cupcakes I made a few weeks back went over well with everyone who tried one – and I was so excited by the way the grass tip created his fur. I couldn’t wait to try other Sesame Street characters! I was pretty sure that Cookie Monster was going to be next on my list, because I’ve always felt a strange kinship with him. My grammar may be better than his, but honestly, the reason I learned how to bake was to feed my cookie addiction.
While searching the bulk food store for some chickpea flour, I happened upon bins of flavoured drink crystals, including a vibrant blue-raspberry. It was fate. Yes! Now I absolutely had to buy some, and mix them into my frosting instead of/in addition to blue food colouring, and I had to make Cookie Monster cupcakes post-haste! This was going to be great!
Not, perhaps, a spitting image, but certainly recognizable. My fatal mistake (I realize now) was adding in the drink crystals along with some food colouring after I had mixed all the other frosting ingredients and already had a nice, fluffy buttercream. I had thought because the icing was “wet” – as in, not yet dried and hardened – that the crystals would dissolve. They did not, at least not entirely. And they might be miniscule, but that didn’t stop them from clogging up my grass tip. After six incredibly frustrating cupcakes, including several attempts to clear and re-clear the holes in the tip using a toothpick or just unscrewing the coupler and rinsing the silly thing out with water, I got fed up, switched tips, and did this:
It may look and feel like a cop-out, sure, but I’ve always liked blue-and-brown as a colour combination, so it’s not that bad. They’re still whimsical, just in a non-licensed way.
Oh, and in case you were curious: the drink crystals did impart a lovely blue-raspberry flavour that is noticeable without being overpowering. I’ve learned from my mistake, though, and next time they’re being dissolved in the almond milk first before being mixed in.