I dared to make an Elmo Birthday Cake for my grand-daughter's 2nd birthday. I was trying to match the green color from the Sesame Street sign, but it turned out a big mess, because I have no idea how to mix colors, so the first batch of frosting ended up in the garbage. I then mixed another batch and decided to leave it as is. Talking about stress, but I was surprised with the outcome.
For the bottom cake, I used 2 packages of Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate cake mix. The filling was made out of 1 tub prepared cheese cake mix, 1 tub cool whip, and some icing. Even though I had never tried this combination before, it tasted great. I used the same cake mix and filling for the round smash cake.
Elmo was constructed out of rice krispies and was held together with lollipop sticks. I covered Elmo with red candy melts, just in case the icing missed a spot and then placed red icing all over Elmo. While placing the red icing on Elmo, my pastry bag busted, talking about a mess. I had to use about 4 little tubs of Wilton food color for this. Elmo's mouth, nose, eyes and feet were made out of fondant.
The cake was a hit at the party and kids told my older grand-daughter that I was the coolest grandma, because I always make them special cakes. That made it all worth it and I have red food colored hands to proof my labor of love.
I made Elmo's head out of cupcakes. I figured since his head is mostly round it wouldn’t be to hard to do.
I used just one regular devils food cake mix and did Elmo cupcake holders. I colored white vanillas frosting out of the tub, I believe it was Duncan Hines. I colored it red, orange and black and left white for the eyes. I did refrigerate the cupcakes for easier frosting,and used the frosting at room temp.
I just kind of smooshed the cupcakes into a shape that looked like Elmo, and started frosting. The eyes I frosted white and did black circles of frosting on them for pupils. I did the nose orange, and then I drew a big black frosting smile with cake decorating tip, then filled it in. I think it turned out OK and my son loved it. And cupcakes were perfect for him and all his 2 year old friends!
I got the idea for Elmo's friends from someone else on this site. I used smarties for the eyes, peanut M&M's for some noses and skittles for others.
I made this Elmo Birthday Cake for my beautiful little niece. It was her 2nd birthday. I made it with Betty Crocker cake mix. I just added food coloring to the batter so it had a marble effect inside. Very cool, just swirl some food coloring in some kind of a pattern.
I use Wilton icing, very creamy & Wilton fondant to make Elmo. Working with fondant is like playing with clay, just shape it to what ever form you need. I also cut out numbers and letters from the fondant to decorate the cake and write happy birthday. I used tip 2d for the borders. The hardest part of making this cake was the layers of different colors, top & sides. Other than that it was a piece of cake!
I do not sell any of my cakes. I just make them for the people that are special to me. I teach Wilton cake decorating and have cake decorating parties.