First, I baked two standard round cake layers for this Cookie Monster Cake. I used a standard yellow cake mix. Next, I baked both halves of the Wilton Soccer Ball Sphere Pan. I used Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix plus a package of chocolate jello instant pudding mix to "dense it up". If you try to bake in a 3D pan without densing up the cake mix, it will fall apart and/or cave in on itself.
I leveled all four cakes. You can get a leveling tool at the craft store or you can use plain dental floss. I chilled the cakes (don't freeze them or there will be condensation!) while I made the cream cheese frosting.
Cream cheese frosting: 1 package full fat regular cream cheese 1 lb powdered sugar 1 cup Crisco (off brands never give me the same results) 1 T Wilton meringue powder (Walmart has it on the cake supply aisle) 1-3 T water
Blend all ingredients together, adding water slowly to get the texture you need. I usually divide my icing in half. I add more water to one and make thin icing for general use - crumb coating and filling between layers. I use the stiff icing for decorating.
Cover your icing! It will harden! _________________________________
To decorate, I started by icing one layer of my round cake and stacking the second layer. Then, I applied a thin "crumb coat" and put it back in the fridge.
I needed to cut away some of cookie monster's bottom lip, so I used the round cake pan as a guide to cut away that part with a big long knife.
I pulled the round cake back out. I iced the whole cake with the thin icing - tented with Wilton gel food color (light brown - skin tone).
I positioned the bottom half of cookie monster up against the rounds and iced using the stiff icing with a small star tip. (Blue - of course) I iced over the top with the thin icing tented red (for the inside of his mouth). Then, I positioned the top half and iced it with the same blue/ same tip.
I melted chocolate and dropped it on the cake to create giant chocolate chips. Hind sight is 20-20! Should have dropped them on wax paper and let them cool first. My icing started to melt and I had to do some patch work!
The eyes are cake balls. I took the extra cake from his mouth and crumbled it into a little bit of icing. I rolled the "dough" into balls and dipped in store-bought white chocolate coating. Then I sat them on a tray (use cooking spray) and pushed a chocolate chip into each one. I put those in the fridge to harden. Right before the party, I used toothpicks to secure the eyes to the cake.