Elmo Frosted Almond Cupcakes

My precious granddaughter, Willow loves Elmo. She calls him Melmo. I decided to treat her and make her Elmo cupcakes. Everything on the cupcakes is edible, sugar eyes and Circus Peanuts. She was delighted and loved her Elmo cupcakes. Almond is Mommy’s favorite and she was also pleased. ☺️

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of flour

2 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 teaspoons of pure almond

extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.

Mix dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients and blend well. Fill cupcake liners only 1/2 full. Bake 17 minutes or until done. Cool completely before frosting.

Almond Frosting:

2 sticks of room temperature butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)

4-5 cups powdered sugar (depending on how stiff you want)

1 1/2 teaspoons of almond extract

2-3 teaspoons of milk or water

Red food gel if desired for Elmo*

Circus Peanuts for nose (found them at Walgreens)

Sugar eyeballs (can be found in the baking isle at Walmart, Michael’s or JoAnn’s)

Mix shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add extract. On low speed add powdered sugar. If frosting is too stiff, add milk or water after food gel is added. *Do not use liquid food coloring, your frosting will be pink, not red. I used 1 1/2 small containers of red good gel coloring. Enjoy!

Frosting tips I used were 1M for the regular cupcakes and I used the grass tip for Elmo Wilton 233. Both tips can be found in the baking isle or purchased on Amazon.

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