Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate in fostering a love of reading by celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss. My son’s school is celebrating all week long with fun activities and asked parents to get involved. Being a fan of reading and especially Dr. Seuss, we decided to go with it.
I first went to my most trusted of personal assistants, who also calls herself Google. She’s fabulously helpful most of the time. However, what I found there needed specialty store items and eBay purchases.
While fondant and edible printer ink is surely terrific, I wanted to create a simple variation. One that anyone can manage with a quick run to the grocery store and twenty minutes. Of course if you want to make the cupcakes with your best “from scratch” recipe and whip up three different colored frostings, you are more than welcome to do that. But, I’m well aware that not everyone sees that as a rational investment of time.
If you want to get the cupcakes from the bakery or use a boxed mix and some funfetti frosting this recipe still works, though using the term “recipe” is a bit of an over statement. It’s more like instructions for assembly.
And, so this is what we concocted with a little inspiration from pinterest and my husband’s genius idea in the candy aisle.
Fast and Easy Dr. Seuss Cupcake Toppers
- 1 bag of marshmallows (not mini)
- coconut oil (optional, for handling marshmallows)
- 3 bags Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies
- 24 cocktail straws or lollipop sticks (toothpicks will work too)
- 24 cupcakes, prepared and frosted
Note: The gummies are three different colors/flavors, one of which is somewhat orange in color so I only used the two red of the three flavors.
1. Cut the ends off the marshmallows and reshape back to a circle (doesn’t have to be perfect and if you find your marshmallows to be too sticky, you may use coconut oil to reduce stickiness).
2. Stack three red gummies white side up and skewer with either a lollipop stick or cocktail straw (toothpick will work too, just warn the teacher about pointy edges).
3. Slide the stack to the end of the skewer and then slide the cut marshmallow end to the stack. Note, the marshmallow should be touching the red side of the gummy.
4. Cut skewer to the height of the prepared cupcake.
5. Gently slide each skewer into the center of each cupcake.