Wild Kratts Party – Jungle Animal Cupcakes Directions!

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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! πŸ™‚

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. MonkeyΒ  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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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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12 Responses

  1. 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!!

    1. That’s awesome, Jenn! πŸ™‚ Glad the post helped! Thanks for taking the time to comment & let me know! πŸ™‚

  2. 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?

    1. Hi Sarah! So glad you found everything helpful! πŸ™‚ I’m not sure as I tend to finish up the cakes last minute! πŸ™‚ 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!

  3. These are great! I made the hippo, monkey and crocodile for my son’s 5th birthday and the kids LOVED them! Thank you for sharing this!

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