Giraffe Cupcakes

Elizabeth Lancaster Recipe

By Elizabeth Lancaster SimplyfromScratch2037

12-18 people
55 Min
20 Min

I was a Gm at TRU, and to reward my crew for helping me set up at new store in less than 7 days, I thought i was a good Idea to Bring Jeffery the giraffe, a cupcake that looked just like him :) The whole crew thought that they where perfect and yummy ! these could be great for a birthday party or a baby shower or just for that special person that Loves giraffe's.

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1 box
duncan hines yellow cake mix
3 large
1 1/3 c
1/3 c
cooking oil
2 stick
soft unsweetened butter
3-4 c
powdered sugar
1/4 tsp
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract
4 Tbsp
6 dash(es)
yellow food coloring (color to your desire)
1 pkg
reese's pieces candies
1 box
vanilla wafers cookies
1 box
nutty butter cookies
1 pkg
chocolate almond bark
1 bottle
edible cake pearls
1 pkg
candy corn

Directions Step-By-Step

PREHEAT oven 325°F for dark or coated pans*. (Use baking cups for cupcakes)

BLEND dry mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds). BEAT at medium speed for 2 minutes. POUR batter in pans and bake immediately.

BAKE for 18-21 Min.
COOL in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
While cupcakes are baking Mix together Butter cream frosting.

1.Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time. add food coloring last.
Frost each cupcake with butter cream frosting, and add Reese's pieces ( their spots) on frosting before the icing gets to hard to stick to cupcakes.

Once all cupcakes are frosted, set aside.
Take the Vanilla Wafer Cookies ,Nutty butter cookies and Almond Bark .
Melt almond bark in the oven at 250* til softened, connect Nutty Butters(heads) to the Vanilla Wafer Cookies (necks) and let dry, by placing the heads upside down on wax paper. (nutty butters on the wax paper, weight will help these stay straight) to cool completely,
Once Heads are hard, Add eyes (almond bark as glue and decorative edible pearls) and add ears ( almond bark as glue and candy corn, upside down to make pointy ears)

**I added two little almond bark noses** (just two little dots)

Once dried, add the mane (hair on neck) carefully place in center of the cupcake.
And there you have Giraffe Cupcakes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #Fun, #Baby, #Kids, #birthday, #Shower

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Marcy Baha missmarcy
Apr 29, 2012
Lizzy, what an adorable idea! I am passing this one on to a friend who just became a grandma of twins - her son and dil adopted them. They are 3 yrs old! I am sure she will want to make these for the new additions! Thanks for sharing!
Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Apr 30, 2012
OH MY how cute. now we need the rest of the zoo
Jean Campbell gwashington1961
Apr 30, 2012
I love these Giraffe Cupcakes. They are a great deal of work, but absolutely worth the effort! I am trying to work out getting my camera fixed, in-order-to post my own recipes. These Giraffes are cute, but I would sincerely love to show you how to create a Herd of Special Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer Cookies, and/or Marvin-the-Christmas-Moose! I created them at home, and my teenaged son became involved in helping me to decorate each one. We've made them together for many years. They make a cute centerpiece for a Holiday Gift Cookie & Candy Tray. Eventually we had to buy paper dessert sized plates, and had to make one 'special' cookie for each family member! As soon as I solve this camera problem, I will share these cookies (both the recipes and the directions) with a full photo display!

Elizabeth your TRU crew must have been very good in the jobs that they did, in order to qualify for you to go to the work of making these representative cupcakes of Jeffery as a reward at the party you threw! You obviously never turn away from a hard job! Thanks for posting on JAP. LOL :-)
Elizabeth Lancaster SimplyfromScratch2037
May 7, 2012
thanks jean, that would be so cute, Icant wait til ur camera is fixed to see them.
Rebecca Jones Beccashome
May 15, 2012
OMG!!!!!!!! These are to die for, How cute!!!!!!!!!! you did a great job!
Melanie B MelBelle
Sep 14, 2012
Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Dec 1, 2012
A GREAT IDEA!!...HUGS, Nancy.12/1/12