In my toddler’s mind, there is no cooler celebrity than Elmo. Lizzo may be a close second (can anyone resist her music?!), but truly, Elmo takes the cake. Which is why, when I was searching for fun ways to entertain my daughter during quarantine, I decided to surprise her with cupcakes inspired by the perpetually 3-year-old monster. With limited baking supplies on hand—and, admittedly, limited artistic skills—I came up with a simple way to pay tribute to the Sesame Street star. (So simple, in fact, that the whole thing can be demo’ed in 20 seconds in the video below.)
These Elmo-inspired sweets are so easy to make that kids of all ages can get in on the fun. You can use your favorite chocolate cake recipe or just go with a store-bought mix. Ditto for the buttercream frosting (here’s our go-to). Go with what works for you; you’ll get no judgment here.