How to Make Purple People Eater Cupcakes for Halloween (They're So Easy)! by Donna John

Holidays Cakes/Cupcakes
3 years ago
How to Make Purple People Eater Cupcakes for Halloween (They're So Easy)!

It was "a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater" in the song, but your adorable monster can have as many eyes as you want! Not a fan of purple people eaters? Make these cupcakes in any color you'd like. They would be adorable for a kid's monster-themed birthday party!

You'll need:

  • 1 box cake mix (plus ingredients to make it)
  • baking liners
  • 2 tubs white frosting
  • food coloring
  • M&Ms
  • disposable decorating bags
  • decorating tips

Here's how you make them:

  1. Bake the cake according to cupcake directions on the package using the baking liners. Cool completely.
  2. Remove about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the white icing and set aside for the eyes (this depends on how many eyes you plan to have). Color the remaining icing using the blue and red food coloring to achieve desired purple color. Or, use ready-made purple food coloring.
  3. Fit decorating bag with a large tip. Fill the bag with the purple icing. Pipe mounds of icing onto the cupcakes.
  4. Fill another bag with a smaller tip with the reserved white icing. Pipe eyes (or one eye!) on the mounds.
  5. Top each white eye with a brown (or whatever color you want!) M&M.

Tip: Want to add a horn? Dip Bugle chips in chocolate to cover and insert into the icing after they've dried. 

The Purple People Eater
The Purple People Eater $1
Download the original song by Sheb Wooley!
Stainless Steel Piping Icing Tips
Stainless Steel Piping Icing Tips $12
Decorate cupcakes using these four stainless steel extra-large piping and icing tips.
Americolor Gel Paste Food Color, Electric Purple
Americolor Gel Paste Food Color, Electric Purple $4
It has coloring strength superior to any other food color and will not separate or weep and does not harden.
Cake Boss Decorating Tools Disposable Plastic Icing Bags
Cake Boss Decorating Tools Disposable Plastic Icing Bags $8
These piping bags are ideal for using with buttercreams and icings of any color and for decorating projects that require different color icings. Pack of 50.
M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candy
M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candy $8
Contains one 42-ounce bag of M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candy.
Bugles Original
Bugles Original $8
A 7.5-ounce bag of this classic snack.

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