Dr. Seuss The Lorax Cupcakes

Perfect for Dr. Seuss week or a Dr. Seuss’s birthday party. These Lorax cupcakes are easy to make and perfect for your fun party.

The Lorax Cupcakes
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The Lorax Cupcake Dessert

We, as a family, are huge fans of Dr. Seuss. Throughout the years, I’ve made many crafts relating to Dr. Seuss and Dr. Seuss’s party ideas, like this Cat in the Hat Crayon Holder, Truffula Tree Pinwheels party favors, and a Dr. Seuss Party Game for school or birthday. These cupcakes are perfect for Dr. Seuss week at school or Read Across America week.

The Lorax is a Dr. Seuss book that is one of our favorites. We couldn’t wait to see The Lorax Movie when it came out. Everything in The Lorax’s world is so bright and magical until all the trees are cut down. Throughout the book, The Lorax teaches kids how important maintaining a healthy environment is until the beautiful scenery finally starts to come back to life. It is a great book on the importance of the environment and keeping it safe.

What You’ll Love about this Cupcake

  • It is easy to make
  • It’s not just a cupcake. The Lorax’s mustache is a chocolate lollipop – how fun!
  • This dessert is perfect for any Dr. Seuss occasion.

Ingredients

ingredients for The Lorax cupcakes

Pre-baked and cooled cupcakes – I used a yellow cake mix to make them, but it doesn’t matter which type you use. It will get covered up with frosting.

Yellow Chocolate Candy Melts – I like to use Wilton or Sweet Tooth Fairy brands. Wilton can be found online, and Sweet Tooth Fairy can be found at Michael’s craft stores. I know they are good at melting and holding together. I have used off-brands, and they are not as reliable.

Candy Eyes with a Blue Iris – I found a container of fun candy eyes online with a blue iris, which is perfect for The Lorax.

White Frosting mixed with orange food coloring to make orange frosting

Equipment Needed

Medium glass microwave-proof bowl

Wax Paper

Silicone utensil for stirring

Mustache Popsicle Mold – You’ll want a mustache candy mold to pour the yellow chocolate melts into

Lollipop Sticks – you’ll cut these into thirds so they fit into the cupcake.

Toothpick

Piping Bag with a Grass Tip – the grass tip makes the frosting resemble fur. It’s a fun touch to this Dr. Seuss cupcake idea.

Instructions

Melt chocolate according to the package directions, or do what I do. I place it into a glass microwave-proof bowl and microwave it for one minute. I stir it until smooth. If needed, I microwave for 30 more seconds and stir until smooth.

Place wax paper down on your work surface

Spoon melted chocolate into mustache molds

spooning chocolate

Gently tap the molds onto the counter to release air pockets

Place your lollipop sticks which have been cut into thirds, into the mold partially over the mustache

Spoon a tiny amount of chocolate over the lollipop stick portion sitting on the yellow mustache. This will help to ensure the lollipop is glued in place

spooning chocolate

The mustaches are a thick amount of chocolate, so depending on the air temperature, the chocolate will set up in 15-30 minutes

Gently twist your mold, releasing the chocolate from the sides of the mustaches

Turn the molds around and let the mustaches release onto the wax paper. If necessary, give a little tap to release them

Make as many as you need for the amount of cupcakes you have

You should still have a little bit of chocolate in your bowl. Microwave that for 15-30 seconds

Use a toothpick to grab some melted chocolate and use it as glue to glue the eyes onto each mustache

Lorax chocolate mustache

Once your mustache has dried to the eyes, you can turn it around and add more melted chocolate to the back of the eyes for extra strength

back of chocolate mustache

Place your orange frosting in a piping bag fitted with a grass tip.

grass frosting tip

Squeeze a small amount of frosting onto the cupcake and lift straight up to get the look of grass or fur, which is what we are going for

orange cupcakes

When that has hardened, place your lollipop Lorax mustaches and eyes into the center of each cupcake.

The Lorax Cupcakes

Expert Tips and Tricks

Hold both sides of the mustache mold and twist the chocolate back and forth to release the chocolate from the mold. Carefully turn the mold over to release the chocolate. Give a gentle tap if necessary.

Do not overheat the chocolate. You’ll know that it is overheated if it starts to thicken up and will no longer pour. If that happens, add a minuscule amount of shortening. This may prolong the setting up process of the chocolate, and it may be a softer chocolate.

FAQs

Why did my chocolate get thick and lumpy?

It most likely overheated. Gradually heat the chocolate and stir often. Once the chocolate has melted and is smooth, you are done melting it.

Can I reheat hardened chocolate?

Yes. I place it in the microwave for 10-30 seconds to re-melt my chocolate

How do I keep my chocolate melted?

Place your melted chocolate container into a hot water bath or over a saucepan with hot water. The hot water under your bowl will evaporate steam, keeping your bowl warm and your chocolate melted. Another method is to use a crockpot to keep the water warm. Place containers of melted chocolate. Into the bath of warm water. A word of warning, do not let the water and chocolate come into direct contact. This will harden your chocolate.

Make-Ahead and Storage

You can make these cupcakes several hours before your party. I would not make them a day in advance because storing the cupcakes will be hard to do

Store cupcakes at room temperature. If necessary, cover with an airtight container away from moisture.

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Serving Size

This recipe should make one dozen cupcakes

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    The Lorax Cupcakes

    Dr. Seuss The Lorax Cupcakes

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    Course: Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 12 servings
    Calories: 473cal
    Author: Melissa Haines
    Cost: $15

    Equipment

    • Mustache Popsicle Mold
    • lollipop sticks cut into thirds
    • Piping Bag with a Grass Tip

    Ingredients

    • 12 oz. Yellow Chocolate Melts Wilton or Sweet Tooth Fairy are preferred brands
    • 24 Candy Eyes with a blue iris
    • 12 Pre-baked and cooled cupcakes
    • 16 oz. Orange Frosting Add orange food coloring or red and yellow food coloring to white frosting to achieve the orange color

    Instructions

    • Melt chocolate according to the package directions, or do what I do. I place it into a glass microwave-proof bowl and microwave it for one minute. I stir it until smooth. If needed, I microwave for 30 more seconds and stir until smooth.
    • Place wax paper down on your work surface
    • Spoon melted chocolate into mustache molds
    • Gently tap the molds onto the counter to release air pockets
    • Place your lollipop sticks which have been cut into thirds, into the mold partially over the mustache
    • Spoon a tiny amount of chocolate over the lollipop stick portion which is setting on the yellow mustache. This will help to ensure the lollipop is glued in place
    • The mustaches are a thick amount of chocolate, so depending on the air temperature the chocolate will set up in 15-30 minutes
    • Gently twist your mold, releasing the chocolate from the sides of the mustaches
    • Turn the molds around and let the mustaches release onto the wax paper. If necessary, give a little tap to release them
    • Make as many as you need for the amount of cupcakes you have
    • You should still have a little bit of chocolate in your bowl. Microwave that for 15-30 seconds
    • Use a toothpick to grab some melted chocolate and use it as glue to glue the eyes onto each mustache
    • Place your orange frosting in a piping bag fitted with a grass tip.
    • Squeeze a small amount of frosting onto the cupcake and lift straight up to get the look of grass or fur, which is what we are going for
    • When that has hardened, place your lollipop Lorax mustaches and eyes into the center of each cupcake.

    Notes

    nutrition facts are only an estimate 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 473cal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg

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    This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Gj

      “I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees.
      I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues”

      But if they did they would find this treat scrumptious I’m sure! =)

      1. Melissa

        Thanks GJ!

    2. Lynette

      Good job. On Pinterest I would put it under my creative category.

    3. Leonard Marks

      great post