Growing up, our old house had a storm drain right outside our yard.
I distinctly remember mornings before school, we’d get ready to leave and see fog rising slooooowly from the storm drains.
My brother and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.*
*Side note: I never understand why parents buy children toys since children are always stupidly fascinated with weird stuff like storm drain fog and boxes. My parents told me that as a kid, I would be more excited about the box my present came in than the actual gift inside. Skip Barbies, buy boxes. End of story.
Anywho, to make it all creepy my dad would say that CHUD lived in the drains. If y’all aren’t hip with campy scary movies from the 80’s, CHUD was just that. Standing for “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.” Nuff said.
So CHUD lived in our storm drain. I always imagined CHUD to look like a big, gross pile of slimy sludge, kind of a weird, creepy mixture of Jabba the Hut and Gloppy from the original Candyland board game.
Then I grew up and realized there’s probably a scientific reason why there is fog rising from the storm drains and there isn’t, in fact, a cannibal form of slime lurking beneath the neighborhood streets. I know, I know, I’m so wise.
Anywho, CHUD came to mind because of the cooler temps (hopefully) approaching and I wondered if I could possibly create a “cuter” CHUD in cupcake form. Then I saw THESE cupcakes from Make Bake Celebrate, fell in love, and tried to recreate them with my CHUD-inspired twist.
Also: does anyone remember Slime Time Live? I friggin’ loved that show and was disgustingly obsessed with that slime stuff they dunked celebrities in.
So, in short, this is my homage to stupid campy movies, childhood imagination in regards to storm drains, and Slime Time Live.
Slime Monster Cupcakes *inspired by the ADORABLE(!) Slime Cupcakes from Make Bake Celebrate
About 20 chocolate cupcakes, baked and cooled
1 (3.4 oz) box vanilla instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 4 cups powdered sugar
Wilton Leaf Green and Lemon Yellow gel food coloring
Assorted Halloween sprinkles (I used candy eyeballs, Halloween jimmies, bones, creepy bugs/ants, mini pumpkin quinns, “zombie” quinns, etc)
1. First, core your cupcakes. Using a small paring knife, carefully cut out the cores of your cupcakes, discarding the middles. Careful not to cut too deep.
2. Next, make your filling. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and cold milk for about a minute. Add in enough leaf green food coloring to tint it to your desired creepy slime shade. Start with a little, then work up–you can always add more! Refrigerate for five minutes.
3. Fill your cupcakes with small teaspoonfuls of the slime pudding mixture; do not over-fill. Refrigerate while you prepare your frosting.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add in a Tablespoon or so of milk to thin out the frosting if needed. Tint your frosting a slimy green shade using the leaf green and the lemon yellow, again, starting with small amounts of each (you’ll use more green than you will yellow).
1. Divide frosting among two piping bags: 3/4 of the frosting goes to a piping bag fitted with Atteco tip #807 (very large open circle) and 1/4 of the frosting goes to a piping bag attached with Wilton tip #6 (smaller open circle).
2. Pipe frosting high onto cooled cupcakes using the 807 tip in a clockwise swirl pattern. Once piped, use the smaller circle tip to pipe “bumps” onto the frosted cupcake; make it creepy so it looks like random warts.
3. Now, decorate your cupcakes with your Halloween sprinkles. I shoved bones, jimmies, bugs and quinns all around the monsters, then used two eyeball sprinkles for eyes. There’s no wrong way to do this! You just want to make the sprinkles kind of random so it looks like a slimy monster.
4. Store leftovers airtight in the fridge for up to 1-2 days.
These are fun little monsters to decorate with kids. Just do the frosting, then set out the sprinkles for them to decorate their own mini monsters. This would also be super cute with mini cupcakes for mini slime monsters! A big thanks for the inspiration from Make Bake Celebrate!
Have a fantastically (slimy) day!
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