I made this Elmo 2nd Birthday Cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday. I found a picture of Elmo I liked in a coloring book, so we scanned it. My husband, an engineer, uploaded it into AutoCad to resize it for me and also to add the "2". After he did this, we printed it out and traced it onto wax paper. I then pricked holes in the outline using a toothpick.
I used 2 boxes of yellow cake mix and baked them in 2- 11 X 15 sheet pans. I made buttercream icing using the Wilton recipe, but I added a bit more powdered sugar. After the cakes cooled, I assembled them, one on top of the other, with chocolate icing in between. I then dirty iced (crumb-coated) with white buttercream. Once that crusted, I iced it again and let that crust.
Then I put my wax paper stencil on the cake and smoothed it with my hand. When I lifted the stencil, the outline was transferred onto the cake (the toothpick-pricks). I used chocolate icing mixed with a little black food coloring to make the outline of Elmo, his mouth, and eyeballs. I colored some buttercream lavender and a tiny bit orange (for his nose). For the red, I bought the premade Wilton red in a tube because for my practice cake, I could never get my red red enough. I used a star tip to fill in Elmo and the 2.
I made this Elmo Cake for my very sweet 2yr old little boy!! It is a three layer white cake with coconut cream filling. I made the coconut cream filling from scratch but instead of adding the coconut I used coconut extract because I didn't want the coconut texture in my cake.
I just used a traditional white cake mix and I used a homemade cream cheese icing. For the actual cake decorations, I used regular coconut and I dyed it red with the spray food coloring you get in the cake decorating section at Walmart (not the baking isle). I found that the spray food coloring gives you a more even distribution of color.
I also let the coconut dry afterward so the food coloring didn't run and bleed on my white icing. Then I just used white icing, orange dyed icing, and black dyed icing to make his eyes, mouth, and nose. I liked the 3D effect I got with the coconut and all the adults really enjoyed the fact that it wasn't just the plain ol' blah birthday cake!!
I did make some cupcakes to go along with the cake (Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar the grouch cupcakes) that didn't have coconut, just in case I had some guests that didn't like it. The coconut cream filling (which is just homemade vanilla pudding with coconut extract) kept the cake so moist and my little man LOVED his “Mo” cake!
My son was turning 2 and loves Elmo. I have never made a decorative cake before so I was nervous about making this Elmo cake!
My red frosting didn't turn out as red as I would have liked. I used a whole bottle of red red Wilton's dye but it just didn't turn out for some reason. I was pretty happy with the out come considering it was my first try and I made it the night before at about 1:30am.
I made this for my God-Son's 3rd Birthday... really easy to do... eyes white icing smoothed with dipping finger in water, black circle eye ball. Orange nose, smooth with dipping finger in water. Dye icing with red (no taste Wilton's food color) grass tip and go to town... board left over orange icing smooth, put decorations... letters cut from red fondant. Personalize candles cut down and placed on icing to hold.