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Curious George cupcakes

My Kid’s security ‘blankie’ is a little Curious George doll he’s named HaHa. We’re talking the old skool Margaret Rey one, not the new Curious George 2.0 model. This is how I made good ‘ol George out of fondant. See my other cupcake designs, here.

brown gel dye
pink gel dye
black gel dye

I start by thinking out the process of how the face is going to come together. Sometimes I do a little sketch to refer to as I am assembling.

You can buy pre-dyed fondant of course. I just didn’t have any. I always use gel dye, for EVERYTHING. That includes dyeing frostings and cakes. If you are using that bottled liquid crap, don’t. Gel is superior. I use gloves when I dye, cause that stuff is a big ‘ol mess.

I only used about half a slab of fondant, I broke it into three pieces – two equal parts and one small ball. The small ball I dyed black. You don’t need much cause that will be used for the eyes and nose and mouth. The other two parts, one I dyed brown, the other a very very light pink, for the skin.

The idea is to get this thing to lay flat on your cupcake. So I rolled out the brown fondant, and cut circles. This will be the base of the monkey head.

Then I did the same with the pink, also cut circles, but then cut out the shape of the face. Sorry folks, I did this all by hand – just eyeballing it, I don’t have a template but I’m sure you can download a pic from the internet and just use that.

Then I shaped the eyes, mouth, nose and placed them on. The ears are also formed from the pink, and just stuck on the back of the head.

Whenever you are creating a piece out of fondant, just look for features that stand out. That’s how you can get the ‘look’ that you are recreating. For instance, Curious George has big ears that sit low on the head, and a large long smile. Play up the features of the characters. Even if it isn’t exact, at least people will get the gist of it. Similar to what I did with the Oscar the Grouch cupcakes, or Elmo.

Bake your cupcakes, frost them, then just top them with your monkey faces. You can make them in advance and just keep them in a sealed container. In fact I suggest it. It saves you a whole bunch of time. The Kid was happy, but it looks like HaHa was even happier.

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Curious George cupcakes



24 Responses to “Curious George cupcakes”

  1. Julie says:

    These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I’m too intimidated to work with fondant though. One day I’ll get over my fear and make these cupcakes….

  2. darthmama says:

    So impressive!
    makes me want to try making these! I liked you little step step process that helped to nake it seem like i can do it.

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  4. Hillary says:

    These are adorable! I had a monkey stuffed animal when I was little and would have adored these cupcakes! Thanks for the instructions.

  5. Inês Caldas says:

    I think your cupcakes are very fun…I would like to try to do them…can you be more detailed with your instructions? And maybe with the ingredients? I don’t know if the things you talk about exist here in Portugal :(
    Thank you!

  6. These are so cute!! My little girl (2) calls Curious George ‘ha ha’ too. :)

  7. buttercup says:

    My daughter has given herself the nickname of monkey (which fits her personality) so I have to make these for her!

  8. DeeLight says:

    Fabulous cupcakes!!! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

  9. ::Sylvia:: says:

    Oh my goodness! My almost 5 year old has been toting a Curious George around since he was 1, he calls him Gaki. LOL. We’re Greek and we used to read the books in Greek and his name in Greek is Georgaki. When my son says his name it almost sounds like yucky. You have no idea how many people have asked why he calls his monkey yucky. I think we’ll have these at his birthday coming up!! He got so excited when I showed them to him, thanks so much!!

  10. angied says:

    OMG! I love it! Curious George books were my absolute favorite when I was a little girl. I don’t have any kids yet, but when/if I do, I will be reading them my fave childhood Curious George books and making these cupcakes. Too cute :):)

  11. Sara says:

    LOVE these!! You just made birthday planning so much easier. Got my theme now haha. Thanks for the lovely instructions, yours look great!

  12. Jaycie says:

    I have to learn what all this fondant stuff is about because these would make the perfect cupcakes for my son’s 2nd birthday! Any tips on where to buy fondant? Maybe a party store?

  13. justJENN says:

    I buy fondant at Surfas, but you can buy it at any craft store, Michaels, Joanns, but it’s the generic Wilton brand.

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  16. marisela says:

    I love your idea, would you have some thing for my 9 year old to be?

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  18. Gayane says:

    Hi Jen:
    Thank you so much for the curious george cupcake instructions. I took it and created a curious george cake!

    P.S Let me know if you would like me to send you photos

  19. Melissa says:

    Made these tonight for my daughters 2nd birthday and they came out great! I made my own fondant (marshmellows/powdered sugar recipe) and they are so tasty!


  20. Alysia says:

    Thank you so much for posting this, especially in steps. Going to try to make these today for my son’s 3rd birthday party next weekend. Hoping it goes well…

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