My son's school was having a year end party and many of the kids really like Elmo. I searched and found an appropriate picture for the cake top and made the Elmo cake. The cake is an 11X15 double layer marble cake. I always use the Dr. Oetker cake mixes for my cake because they are much more dense and don't crumble when you ice them. The denser mixes are also better to use when you have to work with larger cakes. This particular cake took 4 cake mixes, 2 chocolate and 2 white.
I used the Wilton 11X15 cake pan and made sure to grease the pan really well with Crisco and dusted it with flour as well. If you don't spend the time to do this then your cake will not come out of the pan in one piece! Bake the cake as per the instructions! I leveled the cake and stacked them with pudding in the middle, then crumb coated them. Ice the cake generously and smooth out the icing as well as you can.
For drawing the designs on the cake I practiced the drawing at least twice to make sure I can get it right. For all of my icing I used the Wilton recipe for pure white icing. Experimenting with consistencies will help determine how soft you want your icing! For drawing on the cake I used a thinner icing because it flows so nicely.
For drawing Elmo I drew in the body shape then filled in the spaces, I experimented with different piping tip to get the right fuzzy effect for Elmo. Have fun with icing the cake!
I made these Homemade Elmo and Cookie Monster Birthday Cakes for my twin boys’ first birthdays. To make these cakes, I used some ideas I found on this website and made it my own!
Elmo: I baked 2 boxed cake mixes in a Kitchen Aid stand mixer bowl for about 1 hr. 45 min at 350 degrees. ( I was nervous about using the bowl but it came out fine). To decorate, I used Wilton red frosting – about 4 tubes, give or take. To get the “fur” look, I dyed coconut: 1 package of Baker’s coconut in a Ziploc storage bag and roughly 1 bottle of red food coloring. Shake until you get the desired color. The eyes are Hostess Snowballs with mini-Oreos stuck on with white frosting, and the nose is also a Hostess Snowball. The mouth is just black icing.
Cookie Monster: I baked 2 boxed chocolate cake mixes in 4 9-inch round cake pans. I only used 3 of the cakes and cut up the 4th for their “smash cakes”. Layer 3 of the cakes as you would for any layer cake. This took a LOT of Wilton Royal Blue frosting – about 6 tubes. Again, I dyed coconut blue and used Snowballs and Oreos for the eyes. I made chocolate chip cookies and stuffed them in between two of the layers. Very easy and cute!
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