I made this Elmo birthday cake for my son's 1st birthday party with our family. He loves Sesame Street! The top tier is 2 6-inch yellow cakes, and the bottom is 2 10-inch chocolate cakes (with 4 plastic support dowels inserted to hold the weight of the top tier). I tinted white icing with no taste red, royal blue, leaf green and bright yellow.
I piped letters and numbers all over the bottom layer and then filled in all the yellow stars. For the top, I printed off the Sesame Street symbol and traced it onto the side to be sure it was proportionate. Then I piped his name and the 1 with tip #4. I outlined the symbol with yellow with tip #4 and filled in the green stars. I starred the rest of the top tier with blue.
The Elmo on top was his smash cake and was made with the mini bear pan. I cut off the ears and used some of the scraps from leveling my 6-inch cakes to make the legs and add some extra depth to the arms. I starred him all over in red icing. Then I made a very small batch of homemade fondant to make the eyes and nose (tinted with orange). Elmo was held in place with 2 chopsticks.
A friend of mine has a little boy turning three and he loves Elmo. She asked me to make an Elmo Birthday Cake for him to help celebrate. I love making cakes, but this theme was a first so it had to be something simple.
I used a white cake recipe and buttercream icing to decorate with. For Elmo's color and the bottom border I mixed red with a little lemon yellow to get the color just right. I decided to go with teal for the top border and to write his name. I drew the outline for Elmo by hand, but if you look online for a blank coloring page you could use it for a stencil. I was really nervous about doing this cake because I've never done one like this before, but I think it turned out just fine. You just got to have faith and have fun!
Hint: Before icing your cake, freeze it. By doing this, it limits the crumbs and makes it easier to work with.
This Elmo Birthday Cake was a first birthday cake for a little boy named Evan. His mom said he is Elmo crazy. So I know I had to make it a great and fun cake for him! I used chocolate fudge cake batter for the sheet cake. And the same for the small round. I pre-made the Elmo out of gumpaste and red fondant so it would have time to dry. I did the same for the name and the ribbon twist. All that was made out of gumpaste and fondant.
I used butter cream icing on the cake and trimmed it in blue using tip #21. The samll round cake I used red no-taste coloring gel and vanilla icing. I made elmo's eye's and nose out of fondant and gumpaste.
This was a fun cake to make and the customer was very happy with the cakes!
I have twin boy/girl grandchildren and each year I have made cakes that have coordinating characters. This year was Abby Cadabby and an Elmo Birthday Cake from Sesame Street. An Elmo pan is a Wilton Pan was easy to find. The face is made with a star tip, smooth eyes and the fur with the hair/fur tip. The only thing I would do differently next time is more outlining first.
I have made a few cakes before, but am definitely an amatuer. I used Chocolate cake mix for the cake and I made my own buttercream frosting and used Wilton coloring to get the rich red and black colors which would be almost impossible with regular food coloring. I also used the cake release in the pans to prevent sticking.
The twins loved their Elmo and Abby Cadabby Birthday.