Alligator cake

There are many things that give me pleasure, but making my grandchildren’s birthday cakes has become a beloved tradition for me.  We recently celebrated my grandson’s sixth birthday, and he chose this alligator cupcake cake.

It’s the favorite of all I’ve done, and I’ve done a bunch.  So fun to shop for the ingredients to decorate the cupcakes and even more fun putting them together.  He loved it.  So did his cousins and their parents, and especially us–his grandparents.

You’ll love how easy it was.

Alligator Birthday Cake

Category: Kids


  • 26 - 27 cupcakes
  • Buttercream icing
  • Marshmallows
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Junior Mints
  • Bananas from a box of Runts


  1. Put a drop of frosting beneath each cupcake to keep them from sliding off your covered piece of cardboard.
  2. Color your frosting green and frost each cupcake. Use Wilton's Tip 1M swirl tip if you have it.
  3. Eyes: 2 double-stuff Oreos and 'glued' (with frosting) 2 of the Junior Mints. Push gently but firmly into the cupcake.
  4. Nostrils on nose: 2 Junior Mints
  5. Scales: I used Thin Chocolate-filled Oreos. You can also use regular Oreos separated so that you're not using (or seeing) the white frosting.
  6. Teeth: Take several miniature marshmallows and flatten with a rolling pin. Using a knife or scissors, shape them into triangles. Poke into frosting.
  7. Claws: We had to go to five different places to find the Runts candy, but it was worth our trouble! They make the perfect claws!!
  8. Now stand back while everyone oohs and ahs over this adorable birthday cake!!

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