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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Werewolf Cupcakes

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I have mentioned before that our babysitter has three wonderful daughters of her own, two of whom happen to be HUGE fans of the Twilight books, movies, etc.  (And now they have turned me into one too!  If you haven’t read the books, you should.)  For Cassie’s birthday in January I made the uber-popular vampire cupcakes.  For Caitlin, I knew another Twilight-themed treat was the exactly what she would want.  Unfortunately I had a hard time thinking of what I could do other than the vampire cupcakes, until I realized the answer was right in front of me!  Another fabulous idea from my Hello, Cupcake! cookbook.  Werewolf cupcakes – PERFECT!!!  And, they really were.  
 

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Honestly, I was quite nervous to make these because I didn’t know if they would turn out as cute as the ones in the book, but they really did!  I was so thrilled with the way they turned out and I hope the birthday girl enjoyed them as much as I expect she did :)  They were a bit time consuming (obviously), but totally worth the effort.  Happy birthday, Caitlin!!!

Werewolf Cupcakes
Supplies needed:
12 chocolate cupcakes (I used Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cupcakes)
marshmallows
red fruit leather
chocolate frosting
M&Ms (green, yellow, orange, red and purple are great for the scary eyes)
black jelly beans
vanilla frosting
 

werewolves-3Delicious chocolate cupcakes are always a good start.

werewolves-4Cut two triangular-shaped wedges off of each marshmallow…

werewolves-5until you have 12 little pairs of ears.  (Don’t worry if they don’t look perfectly neat, they will be covered with frosting.)

werewolves-6Cut a large wedge out of the center of 12 more marshmallows to create the mouth shape.

werewolves-7Cut small lengths of red fruit leather and press them over the “mouth” area.  They will stick easily to the gummy inside of the marshmallow.

 
werewolves-8Using clean kitchen scissors, trim the fruit leather to fit the mouth shape of the marshmallow.
 
 

werewolves-91Pipe a few blobs of chocolate frosting onto each cupcake and attach the ears and mouth.

 

werewolves-101Don’t they look like little cows at this point?  :)

 

werewolves-111Using a pastry bag fitted with a “V” tip filled with chocolate frosting…

 

werewolves-121cover the ears, and pipe a circle of “fur” around the outside edge of the cupcake.

 

werewolves-13Continue piping fur from the outside edge in towards the center, and up the snout until completely covered.

 

werewolves-14Finish up by placing M&Ms on top for the eyes and a black jelly bean for the nose.  Using a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip and filled with vanilla frosting, pipe teeth around the edges of the mouth.  Grrrr!

  • http://confessionsofcityeater.blogspot.com Stephanie

    These look fabulous!

  • http://fakeginger.com Amanda

    Cutest. Cupcakes. Ever.

  • lafletcher80

    Annie, these are adorable!!!

  • http://mykitchenjourney.blogspot.com cathy

    That’s awesome!!! Go Jacob! :)

  • Annie

    Haha, Cathy! Actually, I’m very firmly on Team Edward so I wasn’t thrilled about these cupcakes, but I knew the birthday girl would love them so I sucked it up and made them anyway. LOL.

  • bakingblonde

    These are the cutest little guys! Ok, maybe not ‘cute’ but so awesome!, great job!

  • Erin

    How freaking cute are these?!?!? They look amazing!

  • http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com Tracey

    Wow, amazing! Those look perfect! You must have a lot of patience :)

  • http://centralcooking.blogspot.com Kayla

    These are so awesome!

  • http://www.browneyedbaker.com Chelle

    These are so awesome! So creative, and I love the step by step photography!

  • http://www.cakebatterandbowl.com Kerstin

    Wow – I’m completely impressed! They’re so cute!

    Love your blog!

  • http://www.sugarduchess.com Sugar Duchess

    So, so cute. I love it!

  • http://deborahsw.blogspot.com/ Deborah

    These are so cute! Go Team Jacob! ;)

  • http://ashleighsedibles.blogspot.com/ Ashleigh

    Annie-

    Amazingly cute!!! You have such talent! You should open a cupcake making business on the “side”….of your medical career. ;) HAHA. You have so much energy! How you balance a new baby, work, friends, and all your blogging and baking is very impressive! Hope all is well.

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    SOOO fun!!

  • oneordinaryday

    Your cupcakes turned out just great and are perfect for the Twilight series! (Though I’m totally an Edward girl. LOL)
    Thee look awesome. Great job!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  • smellslikehome

    holy crap Annie!! these are amazing!!!!

  • http://jennyisluckyinlove@blogspot.com Jenny

    These look fantastic!!

    By the way…I made your cheesecake brownies over the weekend…and they were fabulous! I absolutely love your blog!

  • david marshall michael

    yup, those are werewolfs

  • http://thelook4less.blogspot.com J

    Those look great! I love that book.

  • Claire

    Hi Annie! I am French and I have been reading your blog for a while now! I love it! :)
    I am also a huge Twilight fan, and even if I’m on team Edward too, this time I can’t help saying “Go Team Jacob”! Your werewolf cupcakes are sooo awesome!!! Great job!

  • http://www.justtherightsize.blogspot.com Kathy

    How CUTE are those? This is too funny, I had a friend pick up “Hello Cupcake” for me over the weekend! I love the “Shark Attack” cupcakes, as well as the “Spaghetti Dinner” cupcakes.

    The whole book is awesome! Great job!

  • http://ovenhaven.wordpress.com/ ovenhaven

    These are sooo cute, and such a brilliant idea! :D

  • http://www.debbiesmochame.blogspot.com Debbie

    Oh those are just too cute!!!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    Those are so cool!! DAMN impressive!! Love the step by step photos too.

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com patsyk

    Those are the best cupcakes EVER! My boys would love those… thanks for sharing the step-by-step instructions as well.

  • http://www.limeincoconut.blogspot.com Lisa

    My husband loves that twilight series too – he’d get a kick out of your cupcakes! They are just too cute. I envy your patience and talent :)

  • http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/ Kara

    These are just amazing! My four boys aren’t Twilight fans (obviously), but I think they would love them anyway. They’d be great for Halloween!

  • http://lichtyfamilyblog.blogspot.com Maria

    Cool cupcakes!!

  • Jillian

    Very creative. They look just like werewolves!

  • http://echocorango.blogspot.com Talita

    The angry face of these wolfs don’t scare me! I’d love to have one.

  • Laura

    OMG those are amazing! Great job! : )

  • Kelly Weaver

    These are awesome! I love the cupcake book. I’m going to have to get one and be adventurous!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Amazing cupcakes!!

  • http://baseballbakingandbooks.com ingrid

    Fantastic job!

    Twilight, liked the movie, loved the book(s)!
    ~ingrid

  • http://sporkandfoon.typepad.com Teanna

    GORGEOUS! I tried these and they were a MESS! http://sporkandfoon.typepad.com/spork_or_a_foon/2008/10/twd-dragons-and-the-female-anatomy.html

    I’m going to have to refer to your site the next time!

  • http://jessicasfoodspot.blogspot.com Jessica

    So stinking cute! It looks like you put a lot of work into them. Great job.

  • http://amberskitchen.blogspot.com Amber

    Seriously, how adorable are those?!? Excellent job Annie. I am sure the birthday girl loved them.

  • Anna

    You’re so talented Annie! These look great….good job!

  • Ashley

    OMG! So Cute I Love Them My Birthdays coming up May the 16th and I’m going to have to make some of these… They are so adorable… Hey but I might try and make White werewolfs also.

    Wish me Luck!

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  • Nicole

    I really dislike Twilight, but I really like these cupcakes. This may be my next time consuming culinary treat. Thanks for sharing!

  • armada_girl

    cause this is thrilleeeeeeeeeeeeeer, thrilleeeeeeeer night :D

    ps: great recipe!

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  • Uthman Apatira

    Very Cute.. =)

  • Ashley

    I also have the Hello Cupcake book and I’m so happy to see that you’re cupcakes turned out just like the pictures in the book! It’s a great book with wonderful step-by-step instructions. My cupcakes always turn out just like in the book too! Love the Blog!

  • jess

    What did you use to cut the wedge to make the marshmallow mouth? I tried a regular knife and scissors it’s not coming out. It’s getting quite messy. Any tips?

  • Annie

    Hi Jess,
    It’s been so long, I can’t remember now. I’m pretty sure I just used a small paring knife. You will likely need to clean it off several times during the cutting process since marshmallows are so sticky. Good luck!
    Annie

  • Jo Parker

    I saw these a week or so ago, and as I love baking I knew I had to try these. I must say, you have more patience than me, I got very very stick with the marshmallows, and I gave up after I completed 10 lol! I might add that yours look so much better then mine, I used chocolate buttercream for the fur so mine were light coloured, but still tasted good :D

  • Mary Beth

    Saw these and fell in LOVE with them! Since New Moon just came out I am making these tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow to share with my cousins who love Twilight as well! Great job! Crossing my fingers they turn out as cute as these! :)

  • http://www.mariahshill.blogspot.com Mariah

    I googled butterfly cupcakes and found your website and low and behold your butterflies inspired me to make my daughters first bday cupcakes. And now I must make these amazing cupcakes for my ladies night out for twilight!

  • Victoria

    this is perfect! i am always hosting movie parties at my house and i decided to have one for the premiere of Eclipse :) im using both the wolf and vampire cupcakes you posted and i have to say, i have read the Hello Cupcake book and its SOOOO adorable!!!! thanks so much!

  • laura

    you have the cutest website, great ideas. Very talented!!

  • http://annies-eats.com/2009/03/03/werewolf-cupcakes/ Rosannah

    OMG these are amazing. TEAM JACOB RULES. im going to make these right now:)

  • http://www.lifeinbenziecounty.wordpress.com irisofthewayfarer

    simply gorgeous. What a talent.

  • Jaime

    I saw these cupcakes in the Hello Cupcake book. So cute. Never thought about using them for a Twilight Night..lol. I have to admit I am a JACOB FAN myself.. :)

  • Katie

    wow! these are amazing. i admit i would never put that much work into cupcakes, i am just not a decorating person, but they are so cool!

  • Glaciereagle

    i dont think i could eat that knowing someone els put so much work into them but they do look tasty

  • Dawn Ross

    I did these for my daughters bday turned out great THANKS SOOO MUCH

  • Dawn Ross

    DID THESE THIS PAST WEEKEND FOR MY DAUGHTER AND HER TEAM JACOB PARTY CAME OUT SO GOOD GOT LOTS OF COMPLIMENTS THANKS SOOO MUCH !!!

  • Vanessa F

    My son has requested these for his classroom birthday party this week, and I am thrilled to find that you’ve tried them! I’m trying to avoid using the canned frosting, though. On the other hand, I’m worried about colors. Do you have a recipe you’d recommend that would give me the rich chocolate color and would pipe well? It seems you didn’t bother with coloring half the frosting black, as they suggest in the book. Looking at these, that seems perfectly acceptable!

    Maybe the Martha Stewart cream cheese frosting you used in your triple choc cupcakes?

  • annieseats

    I do love that MS chocolate frosting recipe – definitely my favorite, and it pipes beautifully. However, it tends to firm up and needs to be used quickly after it is made due to the chocolate solidifying (as is the case of any chocolate frosting with melted chocolate included). Because of the detailed piping with these cupcakes, that can be tricky. I’m not sure what to recommend. I actually really like the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Frosting, which uses only cocoa powder, but it too tends to harden up after a while. I think that would be a little easier to warm up again though. Good luck!

  • Vanessa

    Thanks so much for the suggestion. I do LOVE their perfectly chocolate cake recipe, but I have yet to try the frosting. I have the luxury of being able to decorate the cupcakes the morning of, and it is so very warm down here in northern Virginia … maybe I’ve got a shot with the hardening issue. If worse comes to worst, I do have a ‘chocolate brown’ in my little Americolor box, so I could do a buttercream and color it. I’ll try the Hershey’s first. Meanwhile, say a little prayer for me ;)

  • Vanessa F

    The short version of the story is that the Hershey frosting recipe was a great choice! I used the Special Dark cocoa, and the color was quite dark, which I think worked great. You’re right about it tending to harden, but honestly, I think that was a good trait… Especially when it came time to transport the suckers. It never got too hard to pipe. And, I was able to frost 2 dozen with just one batch of the frosting recipe. If there’s a reader who’s going to try it, I would definitely recommend having the makings of a second batch on standby, though.

    Where did you get that beautiful fruit leather??! When I opened up mine, it had black writing all over it – riddles, I guess. Grrrrrrrr. Who does that?! No time to swap, so I just made do.

  • annieseats

    Good! Glad that worked out well. I just used a regular fruit roll-up. I know, they do all kinds of crazy things to them these days. Most of them are tie-dyed and stuff – haha!

  • Keri

    I was just curious if I did grey frosting instead of brown do you think it would look like a coyote? I was wanting to make coyote cupcakes for my cousin and can’t find any ideas.

  • annieseats

    Possibly – you’ll have to experiment. Good luck!

  • AmyT

    Hi Annie,
    In the background of the picture highlighting what tip you used, I spy a little dog cupcake. I couldn’t find it on your site, did you decorate similarly to the werewolves, just with the snout closed? I would love to know how since I wanted to make my mom puppy cupcakes, and that dog looks almost like hers :)

  • annieseats

    That dog cupcake is on the cover of a book. I’ve never actually made it myself. Sorry!

  • Minion Gayle

    Very clever.