Like most 2 year old's, my son is an Elmo fanatic. So what else could I do for his birthday but to make an Elmo's Alphabet Cake? I got the idea for this cake from another mother on this site but put my own touches on it. My son is learning the alphabet so I thought I'd put letters on it.
The base of the cake is a 12x18 sheet cake (which takes 4 cake mixes) and Elmo's face is the Elmo cake pan by Wilton (which takes 1 cake mix). I made both cakes 2 day's before the party, refrigerating the large one and freezing Elmo (large one wouldn't fit in my freezer).
The next day I decorated it with butter cream icing, smoothing it out on the base cake. I used a large star tip for Elmo's face and did every letter in the alphabet around the bottom. Make sure you make at least 5 batches of icing for this cake.
I thought it would take me a long time to decorate but it ended up only taking a couple of hours. I have a nursing baby so I had to keep stopping. I refrigerated the cake over night and it was really moist. Everyone loved it. Especially my son!
For my daughter's 2nd birthday, her theme was Sesame Street so I made her this Elmo and Friends Cake. I had boxed cake on hand so I made two 9 x 13 chocolate cakes. For the first one, I blew up a picture of Elmo, printed it out, and used it as a stencil. The second cake, I cut in half. The first half was used to make a smaller Cookie Monster cake, the second half was used for an Ernie cake. Again, I printed off pictures and used them as stencils to cut the cakes into shape. With the left over cake pieces, I cut 3 squares which I used as blocks for my daughter's name, Mia.
The icing is a basic buttercream colored red, blue, orange, green, and pink. I left some of it uncolored for the eyes and to write "Mia" on the blocks. I used a chocolate ganache icing and colored it black for the eyes, hair, and mouths. To make Cookie Monster furry, I colored some coconut blue and laid it on top of the blue buttercream I had spread on first. I also added orange flavoring to Ernie so all three of the cakes had 3 different flavors.
Elmo’s head is made from 2 boxed cake recipes baked in a Kitchen Aid stand mixer bowl. I baked it for 1 and ½ hours at 350 and then checked it every 10 minutes using a bamboo skewer until done.
Getting the frosting “Elmo red” took 1 and a half bottles of food coloring. Line edges of a cake stand with wax paper and invert cake on center of stand. Crumb coat the head with the red frosting. Insert eyes and nose into cake. The eyes are 2 Styrofoam balls covered in white frosting. The nose is a Styrofoam egg covered in orange-colored frosting. The eyes and nose are inserted into the cake with bamboo skewers.
I bought ready-made Wilton brand black frosting in a tube for the pupils of the eyes and the mouth. Elmo’s fur was created using the Wilton grass frosting tip. Remove wax paper from cake stand and voila – Elmo Cake!
This Elmo And Abby Birthday Cake was my FIRST time EVER making a cake. I wanted my little girl's 2nd birthday to be special, and the theme was Elmo and Abby. This is the cake I imagined.
I did lots of research on making cakes through various websites, this one included. I made store bought box mix, and used a Walmart cake leveler to make them all level. I used a homemade butter cream icing a friend gave me, perfected it and went from there, used store bought fondant and played for 2 weeks making the characters.
It was a lot of stress for me, but I am very pleased with the end result, seeing as I had NEVER done this before.
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