Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy 40th Birthday to Sesame Street - Sesame Street Cupcakes

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How to get to Sesame Street ...

Today is the 40th birthday of Sesame Street. I grew up on a steady diet of Sesame Street and Playschool, so Sesame Street holds a special place in my heart. I can't remember for sure who was my favourite character, but I remember being fascinated by Mr Snufalufagus because he was so elusive. I also vividly remember being called "Big Bird" by a much shorter pre-pubescent boy in Grade 7 at Belle & Beau Ball dance practice for Project Club, so perhaps this explains my fascination with Mr Snufalufagus. Wow, that brings back some memories!

In honour of Sesame Street's 40th birthday (after all, you don't turn 40 every day), I have made some Sesame Street cupcakes. I found the general idea for the decoration
here on Petit Chef.

For the base cupcakes, I used my favourite Crabapple Bakery
Vanilla Daisy cupcake recipe. For Elmo, I used Wilton red ready-made icing, and piped it on with a plain tip in strands to imitate hair. I then stuck on half of a Delta Cream biscuit from which I had scraped the icing for the mouth, and an orange Skittle for the nose, and finally piped on the eyes using Wilton white ready made icing and Queen chocolate fudge icing.

For Oscar the Grouch, I made green buttercream icing which I slathered on roughly to give the effect of fluffy fur, and again used half of a Delta Cream for the mouth (but this time upside down because he's a grouch), and piped on the eyes. I ran out of Wilton white icing for the eyes, and at 9.30pm I wasn't in the mood to make more, so I scraped up the icing from the middle of the Delta Creams into a piping bag and used that to finish the eyes. It worked like a charm!

I think these cupcakes are gorgeous. They would be perfect for a children's birthday party, and are fairly easy to make - they just take time and patience to decorate, not to mention some elbow grease if you are using the large Wilton ready-made icing tubes to pipe with!

Happy 40th birthday to all the gang at Sesame Street!!


Pam said...

OMG...aren't those just the cutest thing! HB SS!


Kayte said...

How cute are these? They are just darling! So creative.

Jennifer said...

I absolutely ADORE these cupcakes-they are positively GORGEOUS!!!!! Sesame Street was such a part of my growing up...and the characters are in the hearts of millions of people. I did love the characters, but, I also loved the actors. My favorite person on Sesame Street was Linda and my favorite character was Oscar. I also have a place in my heart for the pinball machine (1-2-3-4-5, 6-7-8-9-10, 11-12!) and the squeaky wheeled typewriter that hummed, "new-nee-new-nee-new". Lots of memories you've brought back.:)

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I really like Oscar's green frosting and his eyebrows!

I watched plenty of Sesame Street and I still remember how to count to 10 in Spanish!

Barbara said...

How adorable! Is it really 40 years? Wow. I am getting old!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Awww that is SO cute! Who doesn't love Elmo! :D

Johanna said...

cute cupcakes - I loved snufalufagus too - and cookie monster and oskar and the count and lots of those cute characters - great way to celebrate the anniversary

Anita said...

hehe - so cute!

Clivia said...

Adorable! My favourite part of this post was the opportunity go do back and look at your ealiest posts. You've been blogging and baking a long time! You're inspiring me to keep in up.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love how Oscar is frowning!

Palidor said...

I have to confess that I'm one of the weird kids who didn't like Sesame Street much when I was growing up. But those cupcakes are just too cute to resist! I think you did a fantastic job.

Sophie said...

These are so cute. What kid (and kid at heart) wouldn't love these :)? Classic and adorable, just like the Sesame Street I've loved!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

so cute-haha! oscar is my lifelong favorite sesame st character!

Julia @ Mélanger said...

They are so cute. I loved that show as a kid - when I got to watch it! :)

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Wow 40 years! Good job on these adorable cupcakes:)

TeaLady said...

Oh! So cute. Big Bird is 40. That's scary

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Pam

Hi Kayte, they are simple but effective.

Hi Jennifer, brought back lots of memories for me too.

Hi Jill, they apparently edited out the Spanish parts in the Australian edition - weird!

Hi Barbara, aren't we all ;)

Hi Lorraine, Elmo is a cutie - but he was more time consuming to make than Oscar because of his hair.

Hi Johanna, agreed - smany terrific characters. I love the Count too.

Thanks Anita

Hi Clivia, I am so glad to have made your acquaintance through the card exchange last year - I have enjoyed getting to know you and your blog better, and look forward to seeing what comes next!

LOL Duckie - because he is a grouch.

Thanks Palidor

Hi Sophie, these would be great (and easy!) for a kids party.

Hi Steph, I made 18 Oscars and only 6 Elmos because Oscar was way easier!

Hi Julia, my mother was strict on many things, but she was very relaxed about TV - I often did my homework in front of the TV.

Thanks Nanny

Hi TeaLady - you bet. Sesame Street is older than me.

Simply Life said...

Oh my gosh, those are adorable and so cute!