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Purple People-Eater

This googly-eyed cupcake will get tongues wagging! Pretzels, marshmallows and candy help this monster come to life. —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 cupcakes


  • 6 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes baked in black foil liners
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Neon purple food coloring
  • 9 large marshmallows
  • 18 thin pretzel sticks
  • Black licorice laces
  • 12 mini marshmallows
  • 6 pink fruit chews
  • 18 brown mini M&M's


  • Spread the tops of the cupcakes with a mound of vanilla frosting. Spoon 1 tablespoon vanilla frosting into a small resealable bag. Tint the remaining vanilla frosting neon purple with the food coloring and place in a microwave-safe measuring cup.
  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Cut the large marshmallows in half crosswise with scissors. Insert a pretzel stick into the side of each marshmallow to create the eyes. Cut the black licorice laces into eighteen 2-in. pieces. Cut the mini marshmallows in half on the diagonal to make the teeth. Soften the pink fruit chews in the microwave for no more than 3 seconds.
  • Roll out each fruit chew into a 3-in. length. Cut into a long tongue with a rounded end. Press the back of a knife down the middle of the fruit chew to make the crease in the center of the tongue.
  • Place a wire rack over a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Heat the neon purple frosting in the microwave, stirring every 10 seconds, until the frosting is the consistency of slightly whipped cream, about 25 to 30 seconds total. Holding the frosted cupcakes by the foil liners, dip the cupcakes just up to the liners. Allow the excess frosting to drip off before inverting cupcake. Transfer to the wire rack to set.
  • Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. If the frosting becomes too thick, return to the microwave and heat for about 5 to 10 seconds longer, stirring well before dipping.
  • Holding the marshmallow eyes by the pretzel end, dip the top half of the marshmallows into the frosting to make the eyelids. Transfer the marshmallows to the waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. While the frosting is still wet, add the black licorice lace along the dipped edge as the eyelid. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe a dot of frosting on the marshmallow area and add the brown M&M as a pupil. Let eyes set for about 30 minutes before assembling cupcakes.
  • Spoon some of the remaining purple frosting on top of the dipped cupcakes and allow the frosting to drip over the sides.
  • While frosting is still wet, add three to four cut mini marshmallow pieces as the teeth along one edge of the cupcakes. Insert three marshmallow eyes at different heights. Transfer to a serving platter and add the fruit chew tongue under the teeth.

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  • katlaydee3
    Oct 6, 2013

    Very cute! My niece made these for a family dinner. Time consuming but worth the effort. The neon food coloring can be found at Kroger in a pack of 4 colors for about $4.50.

  • musich4
    Aug 2, 2011

    Worth the work

  • wadesworld1973
    Mar 20, 2011

    My son and husband made a much larger version of this adorable "cupcake" and won first place in the "Funniest Cake" category at the "Dad and Lad Cake Bake", an event our local Cub Scout Pack holds every year as partof their Annual Blue and Gold Banquet. Instead of making small cupcakes, they used the Big Top Cupcake silicon pan, large pretzel rods, jumbo marshmellows (now found in stores), and a large Laffy Taffy for the tongue. The end result looked great, and got lots of laughs at the banquet!

  • Heidi Lyn
    Nov 14, 2010

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  • suemercado
    Nov 1, 2010

    So cute. The kids espcially loved this one for the extra candy in the tongue. More work than the one eyed monster and the orange you spiky but worth the effort.

  • boogas mommy
    Oct 30, 2010

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  • jacqueandsam
    Oct 29, 2010

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  • dannwood
    Oct 29, 2010

    I made this for my son's 3rd grade class of 24. It takes awhile (over 2hours for me with interuptions) but, I think the end product was great! Hoping the kids love them as much as I do!You can get the neon food coloring at grocery stores, We got ours at Dillions (a Kroger Brand)...maybe even WalMart!

  • rachellebarkus
    Oct 23, 2010

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    Oct 22, 2010

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