I was making an Elmo Birthday Cake for a friend's son's 1st birthday party. I first baked 2 cakes in 12x2 inch pans. The one is the bottom layer. The other I used for Elmo. I got a picture off the internet and blew it up to the size I wanted. Then I laid it on the cake and cut it out (you can use an Elmo cake pan, but I didn't want to spend the extra money to buy one and I like to do it the way I did).
I made a homemade chocolate cake for both pans and homemade butter cream icing. For this cake, I used about 4-5 cups of icing. I separated into bowls and made the colors I needed. I put icing on the bottom layer and then put Elmo candy pieces around the sides. Then I covered the top of the bottom cake with white icing. I then put Elmo's head on the cake. And then I started decorating him.
I wanted his eyes and nose to stick up, so I took the extra pieces of cake and made them into the shapes I wanted. I placed them on the cake and then put on icing. I started with mouth. And then the nose (a orange/red-just a little bit of read- combo). Next, I did the eyes and I finished with doing a red/orange (just a little bit of orange) combo on Elmo. I used a 16-star tip for that. Then I added the red decorations around the top and bottom of the cake. And finally, I added the happy birthday with candy letters.
My daughter loves Elmo. So for her 2nd birthday I decided to make her Elmo Birthday Cake myself. I looked online for ideas and came to this sight. I got a lot of inspiration from here but I looked elsewhere to find a picture of Elmo that I really liked. I ended up finding one at a scarp booking sight.
The crayon in Elmo's hands was originally a "1". I enlarged and traced the picture from the computer. I did that by taping a piece of sketch paper onto the screen so it wouldn't move. I traced it with a black crayon so I wouldn't damage the monitor. Then I took wax paper and taped it to the sketch paper & poked holes for an outline. I baked a funfetti cake to go with all of the colors of the party.
I used a one layer 11x15 sheet pan. It took 2 boxes of cake mix. I made my own base icing. I got the recipe for buttercream frosting from Wilton.com. I ended up not needing a crumb coat. I used the ready made colored frosting in the tubes and used my own decorating tips. Since this was my first real decorated cake it took about 5-6 hours. For my first attempt, I was pretty pleased with the final product.