Hey there–today, I am going to show you how to make a CUTE Cookie Jar Cake with quick and easy Cookie Monster Cupcakes!
This cake is quick, cute, & perfect for the cookie lovers…the cookie jar collectors…and of course, all of the Cookie Monster fans!
We’ll start with the cookie jar, and then make some Cookie Monster cupcakes to go with it–
Let’s get started!
Step one– Cookie jars come in all shapes and sizes. I decided to go with a cookie jar that is shaped a whole lot like a cake…since that makes things nice and easy. Of course, you could go with a rounded cake if you’d rather!
As I often do, I used a double barrel cake construction so that I could have a taller cake. I used 4 fairly fat 6 inch cake layers. I filled and settled the first two layers, and inserted 4 bubble tea straws cut to the size of those two layers. These straws will support the weight of my next two layers, as you’ll see in a minute.
Here, you can see the cardboard cake circle that I trimmed slightly smaller than the 6 inch cake layers. Then, I added the next two cake layers and frosted the entire cake as one tall cake.
You do not need to have a tall cookie jar–I just like the look! When you have a tall cake like this one, the internal supports and cake board not only keep the cake stable, they also keep your servings a reasonable size. (Otherwise, that would be a TALL slice of cake!)
Next, I frosted my cake with a crusting vanilla buttercream, like our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Recipe or our butter based Classic Vanilla Recipe. Once crusted, I smoothed over it with the help of a Viva paper towel.
Next, I used a sharp (non serrated) knife to make a shallow cut into the top of the cake. I wanted to remove a small amount of cake so that the cookie jar would look more realistic. It’s much easier to cut your circle if you have a cookie cutter or round template to mark where you will be cutting.
Next, I removed the excess cake. You can see from the photo that the amount removed was thin, but it will give us just enough depth for our cookies.
I applied a thin layer of buttercream to the newly exposed cake, and then began working on the other accents.
My cookie jar top is two cardboard cake circles, taped together, coated with a thin layer of vegetable shortening, and then a layer of red fondant. (I used pre-colored red Satin Ice fondant.). I used my cookie cutter as a template for cutting out the cardboard cake circles, so that they would be approximately the same size as the opening that we cut into the top of the cake.
I added a little white fondant knob on top of the lid, securing with a little sugar glue. I used red and blue fondant for accents to give our cookie jar some personality! Polka dots are cut from large and small piping tips, and I used an alphabet cutter set to cut out the word “cookies” in red fondant.
Adding the cookies was my favorite part–suddenly, our cake turned into a cookie jar! You can slice the cookies in half if you’d like for them to go even further (and give the illusion that they are pushed more deeply into the jar). My cookie of choice today was Chips Ahoy Minis.
Next, I greased a red ribbon and wrapped it around the bottom of the cake for a border. We’ll show you the cookie jar very soon…but for right now, let’s make some Cookie Monsters!!!
Have you ever made Cookie Monster cupcakes? SO easy and so cute! — All that you need is buttercream tinted Royal Blue (somewhere between medium & stiff consistency), some white candy melts for the eyes, black buttercream, and some cookie halves. Cookie Monster’s fur is piped with a Wilton grass/hair tip (233), and I used a round piping tip 4 for the pupils of the eyes.
Next, I pushed a cookie half into the icing…
Then, I added our white candy melts (rounded side up) and piped on the pupils with black buttercream. Of course, you can improvise with icing eyes, fondant eyes, marshmallow eyes, etc. — That’s it! Now, let’s huddle them around the cookie jar where they belong!
Hooray! That’s all there is to it!
For this recipe, we used Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream which is a crusting vanilla buttercream. This works perfectly with the Viva paper towel method demonstrated above:Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Recipe . This is a shortening and butter based frosting. If you prefer an completely butter-based frosting, check out our Classic Vanilla Recipe!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial! Don’t forget to check out our full collection of Free Cake Tutorials and Favorite Cake and Frosting Recipes for more delicious ideas and inspiration!
Now, it’s time for cookies and cake!