My Elmo cake is really 72 cupcakes positioned on a giant piece of cardboard in the shape of Elmo's head. It was a lot of planning. First I made a blueprint design using circles to represent each cupcake and I shaped these circles on paper to make the shape of Elmo's head.
I started baking cupcakes right away. I made three different kinds, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry so there would be a variety. I had a huge guest list.
Then after the cupcakes had cooled I just began putting them together to form Elmo's head. Next came the frosting. I used store bought frosting, the ones in the can that come in all colors. I had Red-For the Fur, Orange for the nose, and White for the eyes, and Black for the mouth and the outline.
I was very short on time so I had some of the older kids help ice and they loved helping out. The last thing I did was add the red glitter sprinkles to give it something more. When the cake came down to the party you wouldn't believe all the comments and compliments I got. I was so proud, my first attempt at a cake for my son's first birthday came out better than I hoped!
This Elmo cake was made for my daughter's (who is a huge Elmo fan) second birthday. I used the Wilton cuddly 3-D bear mold, but for some reason the cake didn't fill the entire mold, so I ended up with half a bear.
Short on time, I had to make it work, so I cut of the ears and the nose and leveled the base. To get the really red color I ended up using 2 vials of Wilton's icing color and some regular food coloring. I used the Wilton tip #233 for fur but the food coloring had liquified the frosting just enough that it wouldn't hold shape, so I ended up smoothing it on with a spatula.
The nose and eyes are shaped from fondant and the packages are cake pieces cut, stacked and frosted. And although the end result was far from what I had envisioned, my daughter seemed perfectly happy!
This is an Elmo cake that was made for a little boys 1st Birthday! I used the Wilton Elmo shaped pan. This was the first time that I had used a shaped pan and I love it! It made decorating so easy!
I made sure to grease and flour just the bottom of the pan. The woman at the cake shop also suggested that I pour the cake batter in small amounts all around the cake pan and to try to avoid spreading the batter with a spatula. This would ensure that the butter and flour would stay on the shaped pan so my cake wouldn't stick.
It is frosted with buttercream frosting, I bought gel colors from a local cake shop to get the deep colors, the only problem is everyone's mouths were bright red!