Wild Kratts Party – Jungle Animal Cupcakes Directions!

The jungle/safari animal cupcakes were such a hit at the boys’ Wild Kratts Birthday party! (Yes, I know it was ages ago!) At the time, I was so busy that I didn’t take the time to take step by step photos and figured I wouldn’t really do a post on them. BUT, I’ve received so many comments and emails about them, that I decided to just go ahead and do a quick post about them! :)

First up, you must know that I got the idea for the crocodile and hippo from my favorite cupcake book…

“What’s New, Cupcake?” is my favorite little baking book. It has great ideas & designs, complete with great instructions for all kinds of different holidays and themes. There are quite a few different animal ideas in here. The ones that applied best for what I was doing were the crocodile and hippo. There is also a cute flamingo idea (my friend actually did them for her daughter’s birthday party).

Cute huh?! But, they are WAY more involved than the crocodile and hippo. So, I opted not to include those. I ended up doing monkeys instead–they were SUPER easy! If you want step-by-step instructions with pictures, I definitely recommend getting the book. But, here’s at least a brief description in case you can’t tell from the pictures.

Hippo & Crocodile Cupcakes:

  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • white chocolate or white bark/candy coating
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Fruity “O’s” cereal (either the fruity Cheerios or Fruit Loops work well)
  • green candy melts or green frosting
  • black decorating icing or chocolate jimmies

The crocodile & hippo head are both Nutter Butter cookies. For the crocodile, you just need to cut the cookie into a triangular shape. Then coat the cookie either in melted green candy coating or green frosting. Then pipe on some white teeth & put two jimmies sprinkles (or use black decorating icing) on for nose holes. The eyes, hippo’s ears & nose (which are all the cereal) are just held on with a little piped melted white candy bark. For the eyes, just stick on mini chocolate chips before the melted coating hardens. Monkey  Cupcakes:

  • Vanilla Wafers
  • white chocolate or white bark/candy coating
  • mini chocolate chips
  • pull-apart licorice rope
  • mini-chocolate chips
  • black decorating incing

The monkey’s ears & muzzle are the vanilla wafers. For the ears, cut one wafer in half. For the muzzle, cut off the top 1/3. The eyes are the same as the hippo’s. Then, for the monkey nose, I just used two dots of black decorator icing, The mouth is a piece of pull apart licorice stuck on with the melted candy coating.

Really, pretty easy! And they were a BIG hit with the kids! Definitely made for the perfect desserts for our Wild Kratts Party!!

Have you made any types of animal cupcakes?

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  1. We did Koi goldfish, sea turtles and roaches (for Halloween).

  2. How stinkin cute are those! Go you!

  3. Thanks for the details! My neice brought me the picture of your cake and cupcakes and said that’s exactly what she wants for her birthday! I had been trying to figure out the alligator and knowing what you did makes it much easier! Thanks!!

  4. Thank you so much for detailing your Wild Kratts party! I thought I was in trouble when my son said he wanted a Wild Kratts theme and I was coming up with nothing. You came to the rescue! I love your animal cupcakes and am wondering how far ahead you made them. I’d like to do them for the kids but prefer to have everything done at least a day ahead. I’m concerned that the nutter butters and cereal would get soggy overnight. Any thoughts?

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Hi Sarah! So glad you found everything helpful! :) I’m not sure as I tend to finish up the cakes last minute! :) I would think that most things would be fine if it was just overnight. You could always bake & frost everything ahead and then just do the animal embellishments the day of. Either way, hope it all comes out ok! Enjoy!

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