I knew that for my daughter's first birthday I had to have an Elmo birthday cake. she absolutely LOVES him. I was so disapointed with the cakes available at the store that I decided to do it myself.
We have loads of Elmo books so I looked to find him in a super sweet pose and once I found it I drew him at the size desired then copied that to wax paper. I did a "practice cake" a couple days before I planed on doing this cake to find out how to get the image onto the cake. I have read about just drawing onto the wax paper and transferring it to the cake but this didn't work for me AT ALL (thank God for the practice cake!)
So from my wax paper image I made a stencil and used a toothpick to outline it. Then I went over my marks with my black outline. From there it was just a matter of filling him in. I used sprinkles to make it appear that he is on a rug.
This was a really fun cake to do and surprisingly easy. I just love the pose so I wanted to share it. Cause this is the site that gave me the inspiration! Hope y'all like it and get some inspiration too!
I made this Elmo Birthday Cake for my brothers'(they are twins) birthday as a joke (they were turning 14 years old). I baked the cake using Betty Crocker cake mix. Then, when the cake was cool, I used black butter cream frosting and a small circle tip with a decorating bag, and I outlined everything and filled in Elmo's mouth and smoothed it out with a spatula and then I used the same tip with yellow butter cream and filled in the birthday present and spread it smooth with a spatula.
Afterwards, I took another decorating bag and used a star tip on Elmo's eyes, body, and ice cream cone, cleaning out the bag between frosting color changes. Then I used the star tip with orange butter cream frosting and decorated the background in orange. Then, instead of cleaning out the back I got rid of most of the orange frosting (leaving some on the sides of the bag), added blue frosting, and frosted Elmo's birthday hat.
Finally, I used the black buttercream frosting and added pupils to Elmo's eyes with the small circle tip and wrote my brother's names on the gift box. I hope this cake looks a yummy as it tasted! (I made this cake at age 14, I am now 15).
Thanks to all the great ideas from this site, I was able to come up with this Elmo birthday cake. My friend who is a much more experienced cake decorator came to help me (this was my first attempt).
I made a 9x13 cake with a buttercream/shortening icing. I found a picture of Elmo on the internet and traced it onto parchment paper. Then I used piping gel to trace Elmo and the letters. Elmo's nose is a malted milk egg covered in orange icing.
Here are the things I learned: 1. Don't use chocolate cake. Even with the crumb coating we were having a hard time with crumbs- especially on the sides. I think I'll try yellow or white next time. 2. Plan ahead. These things take a lot of time. Mixing the icing and getting it colored takes a while. 3. When the icing becomes hard to squeeze out, take some time to warm up the bag in your hands. This made a world of difference when I was outlining Elmo.