Easy Jungle Cupcakes

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Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes — a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.

EASY JUNGLE CUPCAKES! Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda. via chelseasmessyapron.com

video tutorial

I first made these jungle cupcakes about four months ago for my babe’s first birthday and promised I’d share a little tutorial for them. Well, I’m finally making good on that promise and have a quick video and description for each of these jungle cupcakes below.

EASY JUNGLE CUPCAKES! Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda. via chelseasmessyapron.com

First up, ZEBRA CUPCAKES.

Of course I had to start with my favorite animal! While I don’t know if these are the cutest or not (I’m kind of partial to the monkeys below), I do have to say that as far as jungle animals go, zebras are my FAVORITE. Black + white stripes are the coolest. ?

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Zebra Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.
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Zebra Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 254kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup full-fat sour cream or full-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or sub scant 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tbsp vinegar- mixed together and let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) chocolate fudge cake mix dry
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix dry
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting OR your favorite homemade frosting

Make 'em into a ZEBRA

  • White Sparkling Sugar
  • Black Candy Melts
  • Brown M&Ms
  • Black Sparkle Gel

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, briskly whisk the eggs for 20 seconds. Add in the vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla, and buttermilk. (If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.) Mix.
  • Add in the cake mix and pudding mix (both not prepared) and stir to combine. (Do not over-stir or beat in too much air.)
  • Fill up the liners 3/4ths the way full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow to cool completely.

Frosting and Decorating

  • Frost the cupcakes smoothly with a butterknife. 
  • Pour the white sparkling sugar into a bowl and dip the frosted cupcakes into the sugar. Gently press to coat all of the frosting in the sprinkles.
  • Frost the back of a black candy melt and adhere it to the bottom half of the cupcake. Add 2 M&M's for ears.
  • Use the black sparkle gel to add hair to the zebra (in between the M&Ms), stripes, eyes, and a smile face to the candy melt.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 254kcal

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EASY JUNGLE CUPCAKES! Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda. via chelseasmessyapron.com

Next up, MONKEY CUPCAKES.

When we lived in Australia, visiting Bali, Indonesia was only a 3-hour flight. It was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been! We got to go to a monkey forest there where you can interact with monkeys in the wild. (Equally terrifying as it was amazing.) So, of course, monkeys made the cut for jungle animals — my family loves them! 🙂

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Monkey Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda
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Monkey Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 254kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup full-fat sour cream or full-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sub scant 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tbsp vinegar- mixed together and let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) chocolate fudge cake mix dry
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix dry
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting OR your favorite homemade frosting

Make 'em into a MONKEY

  • Brown Jimmies Sprinkles
  • 1 box Miniature Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • Edible Candy Eyes
  • Black Sparkle Gel

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, briskly whisk the eggs for 20 seconds. Add in the vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla, and buttermilk. (If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.) Mix.
  • Add in the cake mix and pudding mix (both not prepareand stir to combine. (Do not over-stir or beat in too much air.)
  • Fill up the liners 3/4ths the way full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow to cool completely.

Frosting and Decorating

  • Frost the cupcakes smoothly with a butterknife.
  • Pour the brown sprinkles into a bowl and dip the frosted cupcakes into the sprinkles. Gently press to coat all of the frosting in the sprinkles.
  • Using an EXTREMELY sharp knife, make a quick cut into a mini vanilla wafer to make 2 ears. (You will have quite a bit of casualties!) Stick the ears into the sides of the cupcake to hold. Frost the back of 1 full wafer and press to make the mouth.
  • Attach the eyes using black sparkle gel. Draw the mouth and nostrils using black sparkle gel.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 254kcal

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EASY JUNGLE CUPCAKES! Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda. I chelseasmessyapron.com

Third, TIGER CUPCAKES. 

And these were hands down the boys’ favorites! I guess you really can’t argue with that bright orange color 🙂

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Tiger Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.
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Tiger Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 254kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup full-fat sour cream or full-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sub scant 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tbsp vinegar- mixed together and let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) chocolate fudge cake mix dry
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix dry
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting OR your favorite homemade frosting

Make 'em into a TIGER

  • Orange Sparkling Sugar
  • Edible eyes
  • Orange M&Ms
  • Black Sparkle Gel
  • 1 box miniature vanilla wafers

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, briskly whisk the eggs for 20 seconds. Add in the vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla, and buttermilk. (If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.) Mix.
  • Add in the cake mix and pudding mix (both not prepareand stir to combine. (Do not over-stir or beat in too much air.)
  • Fill up the liners 3/4ths the way full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow to cool completely.

Frosting and Decorating

  • Frost the cupcakes smoothly with a butterknife.
  • Pour the orange sparkling sugar into a bowl and dip the frosted cupcakes into the sugar. Gently press to coat all of the frosting in the sprinkles.
  • Frost the back of a miniature vanilla wafer and adhere it to the bottom half of the cupcake. Add 2 orange M&M's for ears.
  • Use the black sparkle gel to adhere the edible eyes right above the wafer. Use the gel to pipe a mouth on the wafer and curvy stripes to either side of the wafer.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 254kcal

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.

EASY JUNGLE CUPCAKES! Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda. From chelseasmessyapron.com

And last, PANDA CUPCAKES. 

The secret to making these cupcakes really cute are the chocolate chips. I tried a few different brands and flavors (milk, semi-sweet, dark). I found the very best chocolate chips (look-wise) on these cupcakes are Nestle dark chocolate chips. They are just the right color and size!

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Panda Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.
Print Recipe

Panda Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Four simple and easy to make animal jungle cupcakes -- a zebra, monkey, tiger, and a panda.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup full-fat sour cream or full-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sub scant 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tbsp vinegar- mixed together and let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) chocolate fudge cake mix dry
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix dry
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting OR your favorite homemade frosting

Make 'em into a ZEBRA

  • White Sparkling Sugar
  • Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Edible Eyes
  • Black Sparkle Gel

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, briskly whisk the eggs for 20 seconds. Add in the vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla, and buttermilk. (If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.) Mix.
  • Add in the cake mix and pudding mix (both not prepareand stir to combine. (Do not over-stir or beat in too much air.)
  • Fill up the liners 3/4ths the way full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow to cool completely.

Frosting and Decorating

  • Frost the cupcakes smoothly with a butterknife.
  • Pour the white sparkling sugar into a bowl and dip the frosted cupcakes into the sugar. Gently press to coat all of the frosting in the sprinkles.
  • Press two dark chocolate chips to make the panda some ears. Add 2 more chocolate chips for eye sockets and then one below for a nose (the "nose" chocolate chip is pressed into the cupcake on its side).
  • Use the black sparkle gel to adhere the edible eyes to the chocolate chips and then to add a mouth below the chocolate chip "nose."

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

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