Truffula Tree Cupcakes

These Cotton Candy Truffula Tree Cupcakes are a fun and easy dessert for your Lorax birthday party. Serve them on frosted grass cupcakes for a fun Lorax dessert.

Truffula tree cupcakes

Cotton Candy Truffula Trees Idea

Dr. Seuss-themed food crafts are the best. With so many colorful ideas from Dr. Seuss books, there is a potential for a lot of fun treat ideas for Dr. Seuss parties. If you are hosting a Dr. Seuuss party, you’ll love this Dr. Seuss Party Game, Pinwheel Truffula Trees party decoration, and Cat in the Hat Cupcakes

What You’ll Love about this Lorax Cupcake

  • It is an easy cupcake to make
  • The cupcakes are so much fun and so colorful – A big hit with the kids
  • Perfect for a Lorax birthday party

Ingredients

truffula tree cupcakes
  • White Cake Mix – I used Super Moist Cake Mix from Betty Crocker.
  • Vegetable Oil – I used 1/2 cup of vegetable oil because that is what the particular cake mix I purchased suggested on the back of the box. If you use another type of white cake mix, then your measurements might be different.
  • Large Eggs – I used three eggs per the boxed cake mix suggestions. Be sure to double-check with your cake mix on the amount of eggs needed.
  • Water – My cake mix recommended one cup of water. Again, check with your boxed mix and adjust this measurement if needed.
  • Cotton Candy – I found the perfect cotton candy at my local Walmart. Try to find tubs of round cotton candy that are around the same colors that you would find in The Lorax book. I used orange, purple, and pink cotton candy.
  • White Frosting – If you can find green frosting, then you can use that in place of the white frosting and green coloring
  • Food Coloring – You’ll add this to the white frosting.

Extra Equipment

  • Striped Paper Straws
  • Grass Tip for Piping Bag
  • Kitchen Scissors

How to Make Truffula Tree Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Mix the cake mix with oil, water, and eggs

Bake for 15-19 minutes, and let completely cool

Add a few drops of green food coloring to the white frosting and mix

Spoon the green frosting into a piping bag fitted with a grass tip

Use the grass tip to make grass-style frosting on the cupcake.

making truffula tree cupcakes

Do this by squeezing the frosting out to make long strings and pulling the tip straight up to release the grass frosting.

making truffula tree cupcakes

To make the truffula trees, cut a slice of cotton candy

Cut slits around the cotton candy to make it flow a little more around the edges

making truffula tree cupcakes

Cut the paper straws in half

Use a little frosting to glue the cotton candy to the straw – To do this, gently pull a cut piece apart and insert the frosted straw. Push the cotton candy around the straw.

making truffula tree cupcakes

Push the straw into the center of the cupcake.

truffula tree cupcakes

Expert Tips

Cotton candy is very fragile. It will pull apart easily, so be gently when cutting it.

If you have one completely fall apart, use frosting as glue to glue it back together. If this does not work, use the tiniest drop of water to cement it together. Be careful with that strategy, becuase cotton candy melts in water

If you house is humid, then moisture will collect on the cotton candy, so it is best to wait until you are almost ready to serve the cupcakes before adding the cotton candy trees

FAQs

How to I make Grass Frosting?

Find a grass piping tip to add to your piping bag. Fill your piping bag with green frosing. Squeeze frosting onto the dessert to make long strings, stop squeezing and pull the frosting tip straight up to release the grass frosing

Can I make Fake Grass for dessert that is not frosting?

Yes. For years, bakers have been adding food coloring to sweetened coconut flakes to resemble grass for Easter desserts and other sweet treats

Make Ahead and Storage

You can make this cupcake several hours before the party

Storing: Store uncovered on the counter

I do not recommend storing the cotton candy trees in an airtight container. Moisture will start to accumulate and the cotton candy will get wet. It will shrink and harden

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      truffula tree cupcakes

      Truffula Tree Cupcakes

      An easy to make cupcake for your Lorax party
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      Course: Dessert
      Cuisine: American
      Prep Time: 20 minutes
      Cook Time: 18 minutes
      Total Time: 38 minutes
      Servings: 24 servings
      Calories: 217cal
      Author: Melissa Haines
      Cost: $10

      Equipment

      • 12 Striped Paper Straws
      • Grass Tip for Piping Bag
      • kitchen scissors

      Ingredients

      • 14 oz. White Cake Mix – I used Super Moist Cake Mix from Betty Crocker.
      • ½ cup Vegetable Oil If you use another type of white cake mix, then your measurements might be different.
      • 3 large eggs Be sure to double-check with your cake mix on the amount of eggs needed.
      • 1 cup water Again, check with your boxed mix and adjust this measurement if needed.
      • 6 oz. cotton candy I found 1.5 oz. tubs in purple, orange, and pink. I only used some of the cotton candy
      • 16 oz. White Frosting
      • few drops food coloring green

      Instructions

      • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Mix the cake mix with oil, water, and eggs
      • Bake for 15-19 minutes, and let completely cool
      • Add a few drops of green food coloring to the white frosting and mix
      • Spoon the green frosting into a piping bag fitted with a grass tip
      • Use the grass tip to make grass-style frosting on the cupcake. Do this by squeezing the frosting out to make long strings and pulling the tip straight up to release the grass frosting.
      • To make the truffula trees, cut a slice of cotton candy
      • Cut slits around the cotton candy to make it flow a little more around the edges
      • Cut the paper straws in half
      • Use a little frosting to glue the cotton candy to the straw – To do this, gently pull a cut piece apart and insert the frosted straw. Push the cotton candy around the straw.
      • Push the straw into the center of the cupcake.

      Notes

      nutrition facts are only an estimate 
      You can substitute pre-made green frosting for the white frosting and green food coloring 

      Nutrition

      Calories: 217cal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.5mg

      ~ Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

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