Welcome back friends! This week we’ll be baking the cupcakes Randall bakes in the hope of making new friends at Monster’s University in Disney and Pixar’s Monster’s University.
These “Be My Pal” cupcakes are featured right before Randall leaves for a campus party. He’s baked them to impress members of the fraternity he’s trying to join and asks Mike to join him, but Mike declines to study instead.
In all honesty, I feel a little guilty for not making the cupcake portion of this recipe from scratch. I am rationalizing it by an idea that a college student probably wouldn’t want to take the time to bake everything from scratch, but on the flip-side this is Randall we’re talking about; it could go either way! I look forward to revisiting this recipe in the future and re-creating it completely from scratch, but in the meantime, enjoy and substitute butter for a more homemade flavor!
- 1 box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
- 1/3 cup butter (or vegetable oil)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup water
- Cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set it aside to cool.
- Line a muffin/cupcake pan with cupcake liners and spray them lightly with cooking spray.
- Place the dry cake mix in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, eggs and water.
- Slowly add the combined wet ingredients to the dry cake mix a little at a time, mixing until smooth.
- Distribute the batter into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each liner about about 2/3 full (you can use an ice cream scoop or I used a small measuring cup).
- Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 21 minutes, until a toothpick poked into the center of each cupcake comes out clean.
- Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely before frosting.
- 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Refrigerate or freeze your mixing bowl and whisk attachment(s) for 10-15 minutes before using, then whip the heavy whipping cream on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes until it’s thick, fluffy and spreadable.
- In a second mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar slowly until well incorporated, then add the vanilla extract.
- Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
- Separate out about a third of the frosting out into a small bowl and add red food coloring until it reaches the desired hue for the “Be My Pal” letters.
- Spread the white frosting on each cupcake using a butter knife.
- Place the red frosting into a piping bag and spell out “Be My Pal” onto 7 (or more) of the cupcakes.
Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that teach and fascinate her. I’ve seen the stacking toy done in so many fun and creative ways, but I don’t believe I’ve seen a felt doughnut stacking toy yet, so let’s make one!
My Dad, Zoey’s Grandpa Kev, made the base of this toy. If you do not have access to a competent woodworker/carpenter to make a base, I would recommend using the base of another stacking toy. You can switch out between the rings that came with the toy and felt doughnuts!
I have provided the patterns I used to make the four different sizes of donuts for my stacking toy. You’re welcome to use them if the base of your toy closely resembles mine, or you can make them as play food without the base. Another option would be to create your own patterns using the measurements of your base and a compass.
- Doughnut and frosting patterns
- 4 sheets (9” x 12”) of a doughnut colored felt of your choice
- A skein of closely matching doughnut colored embroidery thread
- 4 sheets (9” x 12”) of frosting colored colored felt of your choice
- 4 skeins of closely matching frosting colored embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Fiber filling (stuffing)
- Print 3 copies each of the two supplied pattern pages.
- Use the first two copies to cut out a pair of each size of circle, one for either side of the doughnut.
- Create your own wavy frosting pattern within each of the circles on the third pages, and cut those patterns out for your frosting.
- Lay the circular patterns on the felt you’ve chosen for you doughnuts and pin them in place.
- Lay the frosting patterns on the felt you’ve chosen for the frosting; these can be all the same color, or different colors.
- Cut around the patterns. You can do this directly or trace around the edges of the patterns with a pen, then remove the patterns and cut out each shape.
- Place the frosting for each doughnut on one of the doughnut halves, aligning the center holes, and pin them to keep them secure.
- Cut a length each of three different colored embroidery threads for the sprinkles; there are 6 strands in each embroidery thread, split them in half three by three and peel them apart.
- Thread the needle with your first sprinkle color, and poke the threaded needle up from the bottom of the top of the doughnut, emerging through the top of the frosting, and pull it through. Create a sprinkle size length in any direction you choose and poke the needle back down through the frosting to underneath the doughnut. Repeat this process all around the doughnut in a pattern you prefer and tie it off underneath.
- Remove the pins, repeat this process and create sprinkles in two more colors.
- Thread the needle with thread that matches the color of your frosting. Begin using neat whip stitches around the outside edges of the frosting starting with your knot underneath the top half of the doughnut.
- Using the same thread color as your frosting, align the bottom half of the doughnut to the top, frosted half and use neat whip stitches around the center hole. To hide your thread, knot it and pull it up through the bottom of the frosted layer to begin. When finished, poke the needle through the bottom doughnut layer, but only come through the middle in between the top and bottom of the doughnut to tie off your knot.
- Thread the needle with embroidery thread the color of your doughnut. Once again, use neat whip stitching along the outside edge of your doughnut, concealing the knot inside. About two thirds around, stop stitching and begin adding stuffing. Keep stitching and stuffing as space allows until you’ve made your doughnut whole.
- To conceal the knot, tie a knot at the base of your string still attached to the doughnut and pull it within the edges of the doughnut, going through the stuffing and coming out somewhere near he center hole, then trim this piece off.
- Repeat steps 7 through 10 to complete each size doughnut.