Reflect at Cornell’s Frankenstein Cupcakes

These are chocolate cupcakes covered with green-dyed vanilla frosting. For decoration we used a variety of M&Ms, chocolate chips, purple sprinkles, and Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal. (Where it was completely necessary for decoration we also used two Skittles).

Choosing what we wanted our cupcakes to be was a difficult task. How could we do the most with the limited supplies we had on hand: half a bag of M&Ms, a quarter container of frosting, a sprinkles container, chocolate chips, and a Ziploc bag of leftover skittles. We knew we wanted to draw inspiration for our cupcake decoration from the season: Halloween is coming up and spookiness is in the air.

We brainstormed perhaps making ghosts, pumpkins, or even just creepy eyes that stare at you from the surface of the cupcake. Eventually however, the answer was obvious: just as Dr. Frankenstein created his monster assembled from old body parts and strange chemicals, we had to create Frankenstein’s monster cupcakes from leftover candies and not-too-unordinary cooking ingredients.

We added high amounts of frosting to create the effect of Frankenstein’s large, lumpy forehead, and used chopped up M&Ms or chocolate chips to create his spiky black hair. The eyes were difficult, as avoiding getting green frosting into the white frosting of his eyes was nigh impossible, and on subsequent attempts we ended up using M&Ms or even cereal as eyes instead.

While the end results came out in a variety of different forms and shapes, we thought this somewhat captured the ragtag nature of Frankenstein’s monster himself, and each cupcake was a fun challenge to decorate. And it was even more enjoyable to eat them!

—By Reflect at Cornell