Happy Birthday Elmo Cupcakes & Our Sesame Street Chanukah Give Away!


Two years ago this morning at 12:01 am I had my beautiful sweet angelic baby girl. The bliss, the joy, THE TERRIBLE TWOS!  Yes it is true, my beautiful sweet baby girl that I held in my arms that glorious morning, is now an opinionated, strong willed, super curious,incredibly energetic, deliciously sweet loving, funny to the core 2 year old toddler- my little baby no more.

Her love for all things Elmo made it very easy for me to decide on what type of Birthday cupcakes I would make for her to take to her playgroup. I saw an image of the Elmo cupcakes on pinterest.com and realized this would be easy to make and copy at home. However the image did not have a link to instructions on how-to, but with a little help and luck, I think I did pretty well.

After help from my IMG_1558cousin Ari K. sorting out the colored chocolate lentils for the nose and eyes, and realizing that if I cut the regular size marshmallows in half, I would have a sticky side perfect for adhering the brown lentils for the eye balls, I had this Elmo cupcake mastered. I also mistakenly bought sandwich cookies that had a chocolate and vanilla side for the mouth, and think that when I do this again it will be an all chocolate sandwich cookie for a more accurate looking mouth.

You can really use any type of candy for these cupcakes, so check out your local candy store for orange/brown gumballs, jellybeans, M&M’s,and more, the possibilities are endless When the kids see these cupcakes, it really doesn’t matter what is actually on the cupcake – they will go crazy for it – GUARANTEED!

Happy Birthday My Tunie Girl!



Happy Birthday

Elmo Cup Cakes

Makes 18 cup cakes

This is a great project to get your kids involved with – they will love sorting out the colors and decorating the Elmo faces.



Duncan Hines Cake Mix (I used red velvet for the Elmo cupcakes, but you can use any kind)

For the Butter Cream:

2 1/2 sticks margarine or butter, softened

2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsp. non-dairy whip topping or heavy cream’

12-13  drops red food coloring

For the face:

36 mini brown chocolate lentils or mini chocolate chips

18 large marshmallows, cut in half

18 orange or pink small gumballs or colored chocolate lentils  ( I used Leibers brand mini chocolate lentils)

18 Chocolate sandwich cookies cut into halves


Make the cupcakes and allow them to cool completely. As the cupcakes are cooling make your butter-cream frosting.

In a mixer  with the whisk attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add the confectionery sugar and salt; beat at medium –low speed until most of sugar is moistened about 45 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and beat on medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds, add the vanilla, and cream and the food coloring and beat on medium speed until color has fully incorporated.


To assemble the cup cake:

1. Pipe the red frosting onto the cupcakes  – I used a medium sized flower tip and made many little flowers covering the whole cupcake


2. Once the cupcake is fully frosted, cut the marshmallow in half and stick 1 brown lentil on each sticky side of the marshmallow making the eyeballs ( I found it was more “Elmo-like” to put the lentils slightly askew and close together )

3. Place the uncut side down of the marshmallows into the cream. Then place the orange nose lentil.

4. Cut your sandwich cookies in half , and stick them slightly up in the air where the mouth should be.




I realized after starting this project that I could really make all the sesame characters just by changing the icing color and some of the candy features, but I was ill prepared and will definitely consider doing these for Purim this year.


Cookie Monster:  (blue icing, 1/2 chocolate chip cookie, white gumballs with chocolate icing piped on as eye balls)


Big Bird: (Yellow icing piped on in a sun pattern, white M&M’s or lentils, blue, black and red icing, yellow chocolate piped into triangles that were left to harden and then put on as the beak)

bakerella cake pops

I recently saw these cupcakes on line at www.bakerella.com and I now know what I am going to attempt the next birthday party – so much fun!





In the spirit of the upcoming Chanukah holiday – we at Kosherstreetare going to try and do as many GIVE AWAYS as we could possibly get our hands on!

Appropriately enough I am starting with one of my favorite ones!


Shalom Sesame’s Chanukah DVD: The Missing Menorah


A Winner will be picked to receive their very own copy of this fantastic Sesame Street DVD about Chanukah!

Your kids are going to love it as much as my daughter loves hers!



Chanukah: The Missing Menorah DVD Synopsis:

It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel! Grover’s bringing the latkes and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah… just as Chanukah is about to begin! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time? Guest appearance by Debi Mazar. Running time of 28 minutes.

Bonus extras of 22 minutes include Grover’s Video Player “Aleph Bet Song,” Karaoke: “The Missing Menorah.”


Watch a sneak peek of this video here

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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  1. Amelia Schmidt says:

    Our current family favorite is Elmo – despite his very annoying habit of talking about himself in the 3rd person, he’s cute and fun, and he makes my 2 year old giggle!

  2. Leta Borck says:

    My two year old grandson, Azriel Meir LOVES Elmo!!!! Adorable cupcakes!!! Soo cute!!

  3. onit z says:

    i like prairie dawn

  4. kim says:

    I like Elmo he is so cute and always happy

  5. falene says:

    Love Snuffalupagus!

  6. Miriam Lipnick says:

    Our favorites are Elmo, Abby, and Slimey the Worm. We love Sesame Street!

  7. Gloria Kobrin says:

    My Grandchildren’s favorite characters are Elmo and Abby. I’ve always been partial to Grover!

  8. Dassy Kay says:


  9. Alli says:

    Elmo is a favorite since Mommy can speak like him! Elmo makes taking medicine more fun! Elmo makes boo boos better! Since Mommy is an expert, Elmo is just the best! So is Mommy!

  10. Frayda Brown says:

    My favorite is Elmo!

  11. Faigy Topp says:

    my kids’ favorite character is Elmo. But I always loved the count.
    Unfortunately, he was the doomed one since I was holding him when I needed a hiding place for my fishstick that I didn’t want to eat. And to cover all the trails… I flushed him down the toilet. Yes, 25+ years later, my sister still can’t get over what I did.

  12. esti reichman says:

    my girls love zoe!

  13. savta neuf says:

    Moishe oofnik (oscar the grouch’s israeli cousin)!

  14. Leah Rosenbaum says:

    we like Elmo and Cookie Monster

  15. bracha prawer says:

    we love ELMO!!!!!!!!!

  16. bracha says:

    course my lil guy likes the typical elmo but my princess likes abby cadaby best what lil girl wudn’t with all the pink and purple! :-) was planning on getting them a shalom sesame dvd for chanuka anyhow so i’d love to win one instead :-)

  17. Leah Rabenstein says:

    we love elmo!!

  18. Shana says:

    Elmo rocks!

  19. bella orzel says:

    elmo of course :)

  20. bassy solkowitz says:


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  22. rachel says:

    My daughter’s favorite is Zoey!

  23. Aviva says:

    Elmo is my two year old son’s favorite, he even calls anything red Elmo, and has been singing the Elmo song before he talked.

  24. ilana (Straus) Mazurek says:

    Our favorite is Abby Cadabby :)

  25. Chani Eisemann says:

    We Love Elmo in our house!!!

  26. Brocha Sauber says:

    definitely Snufflupagus

  27. Suzanne says:

    My favorite is Cookie Monster!!! Love the cupcakes!!!

  28. rivky says:

    my little girl likes zoe

  29. Aura says:

    My daughter likes Abby Caddaby but on shalom sesame my kids think oofnik is funny

  30. sarah says:

    My kids have always loved Elmo, but I like the cookie monster,love the cookies.

  31. estee says:

    i love cookie monster!! or big bird

  32. Brina says:

    Bert and Ernie–I still sing along to their songs 30 years later.

  33. Sandra Geiger says:

    We love Kermit

  34. rose brull says:

    love elmo!!

  35. brenda mommy says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog. LOVE IT!!! My daughter loves Abby Cadaby, but I am a grover girl at heart…

  36. Maren says:

    Our tootie-loo absolutely adores Elmo.

  37. Maren says:

    Our tootie-loo absolutely adores Elmo, Ernie, and Burt!

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