How to Make Adorable and Easy Hedgehog Cupcakes

How to Make Adorable and Easy Hedgehog Cupcakes

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Do you love hedgehogs? If so, you’re going to love these easy hedgehog cupcakes! This recipe is simple to follow and doesn’t require any special skills or ingredients. Plus, the end result is absolutely adorable! So gather your supplies and let’s get started!

How to Make Adorable and Easy Hedgehog Cupcakes

What are hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs are small, spiny mammals that live in Africa, Europe, and Asia. They’re related to moles and shrews, and they typically eat insects, rodents, and other small animals. Hedgehogs are also known for their cute appearances – with their pointy snouts and quills down their backs.

Are hedgehogs great pets?

Hedgehogs make great pets for people who are looking for an easy-to-care-for animal. They’re not very demanding, and they can be litter box trained. However, hedgehogs do require a lot of attention when it comes to handling – so they may not be the best pet choice for young children.

Why are hedgehogs so popular in today’s culture?

Hedgehogs have become increasingly popular in today’s culture due to their adorable appearances and easy-to-care-for nature. They’ve also been featured in a number of children’s books and movies, which has helped to increase their popularity even more.

What kid’s books have hedgehogs?

My favorite one is Hedgehugs!

Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can’t do―hug! They are just too spiky.

Throughout the seasons, these two hedgehogs will try many different ways of hugging. But will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right?

Berries For Hedgehog is another great option for kids!

A hungry hedgehog sets out in unfamiliar woods, determined to get his paws on some ripe berries. Along the way, he encounters a variety of scrappy creatures. Being uncommonly sensible, he manages to mend feuds, solve dilemmas, and yes, find those luscious berries.

It doesn’t hurt that he also wears an exceedingly fetching hat and is prone to breaking into song. Written by a children’s librarian, Berries for Hedgehog will charm and entertain readers with a playful story that is at its heart about kindness, generosity, and building community.

There is even a fun one like Hedgehogs: Nocturnal Foragers.

This book takes readers on a journey through the night to discover the world of nocturnal animals living in their own backyards. This title focuses on hedgehogs, showcasing their behavior, habitat, diet, and the things they get up to when we’re asleep!

Whichever book you seek out – they are a great way to bond with your littles.

Make it an event!

I would whip up a batch of these cupcakes and grab a book or two for a great storytime memory!

How do I make these delicious cupcakes?

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Standard cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

How to make Hedgehog Cupcakes

How to make Hedgehog Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Hedgehog Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Hedgehog Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to Make Hedgehog Cupcakes

I am going to show you how to make them from a boxed cake mix, but also talk about how to use the recipe above for the base of this Cupcakes Recipe.

Hedgehog Cupcake Tutorial

edgehog Cupcake Tutorial list of ingredients

What you will need: 

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix and the ingredients requested on the back of the box instructions, or your favorite recipe – like the one of mine above.
  • Light brown frosting in a piping bag
  • Chocolate frosting in a piping bag
  • Salted caramel frosting in a piping bag
  • Small sugar decoration eyes – optional
  • Gold edible glitter

How to Make Hedgehog Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Take your cake mix and add the ingredients it asks for. Fill your muffin tips cups 2/3 full of batter and bake per the box instructions.

Let them cool completely.

Decorating Hedgehog Cupcakes

hedgehog cupcake frosting

Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.

If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.

ecorating Hedgehog Cupcakes

Take your cooled cupcakes (homemade or box made) and pipe a half-circle shape with the salted caramel frosting at the bottom of the cupcake to form the face as shown.

Pipe chocolate frosting eyes and a nose 

how to decorate the hedgehog cupcakes

Use the light brown frosting to pipe on the hedgehog fur/spines as shown above.

Sprinkle the edible glitter lightly over the fur.

finished hedgehog cupcakes

Your adorable little hedgehog cupcakes are ready to share!

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