There are few things kids love more than a little Dr Seuss! When my son turned two we hosted a Dr Seuss themed birthday party for him and his little friends. Everyone dressed up in costumes, and he was the Cat in the Hat.
The best part was the cupcakes! We created cat in the hat and thing 1/thing 2 cupcakes!
Start with white icing for both types of cupcake. I would suggest using a bag to apply the icing rather than just a knife. This gives a more full effect to the cupcakes and makes it easier to attach the marshmallow hats.
For the cat in the hat design you need:
Melt the red candy according to the directions on the package. Put the melted candy in one bowl and fill another small bowl with the red sprinkles. Next, hold each marshmallow in the center and dip each end of the marshmallow first in the melted candy and then into the sprinkles. Set them aside on a plate to dry/harden. Do this with all of the marshmallows. You will need 2 dipped Marshmallows for each cupcake.
Once the candy has hardened stick a toothpick all the way through one marshmallow and halfway through the next. There should be a small bit of toothpick left sticking out of one of the marshmallows to pierce the cupcake for stability.
For the Thing 1 & Thing 2 design you need:
This design is pretty straight forward. While the icing is still fresh add a tuft of the cotton candy to the top. This works best with freshly iced cupcakes, but if you are using cakes that have previously been iced you could just add a dot of fresh icing to the top so that the candy will stick.
*Warning* If you refrigerate the cupcakes before serving let them reach room temperature before adding the cotton candy! We added the cotton candy the night before the party, and as the cupcakes reached room temperature there was a small amount of condensation. This caused the cotton candy to melt onto the top of the cupcake and look like the image below. We were able to add more cotton candy so the cupcakes still looked great for the whole party, but it’s definitely a lesson learned!
So there you have it! these were super fun to make, and every one enjoyed them! Can’t go wrong with extra candy on top of a cupcake!!! To add another cute flair check out this DIY cupcake stand to learn how to make your own cute place to hold them!
Do you have themed birthday parties for your kids? Have you ever considered doing a Dr. Seuss party either for a birthday or just for fun?
Do your kids love Dr Seuss as much as ours do? Which books are their favorites?