I made this Homemade Elmo Cake using a 10" round pan and cupcakes. I cut the outer ring of the cake off and saved the pieces to form the Elmo head, then using the pieces I formed his shoulders and arm. A cupcake for his hand and a little nub for a thumb.
For the face I diagonally sliced two cupcakes to form the eyes and for the nose I used a half cupcake with a little shaved off each side to make it more oval. I used store bought vanilla frosting and tinted it red and orange, and chocolate frosting with blue dye for the mouth. I also bought black for the outline and the eyes.
The cupcakes were printed decals but any design would do I already had these so wanted to use them. I used chocolate frosting in a tube to make the strings.
I think if I made it again I'd use two 8" so I didn't have to cut so much off the face, it was hard to frost the sides after being cut, but I decided to make the body of Elmo after already making the cakes :) I used a frosting bag with attachment to make the fur effect after first frosting the whole thing with a flat base layer. It was super good and all the kiddo's liked it.
I made this Elmo 1st Birthday Cake for my nephew's 1st birthday. Bottom cake is ten" Madeira, middle is 8" lemon, top is 6" chocolate. I used plain sugarpaste and coloured with americolour electric colours, stacking them together using dowells as support. The stars are made from sugarpaste with gum traganth added. I used edible glue to put them on florist wires and let them dry flat for a good week, then curled the wire around a dowell to make it spiral.
The elmo on top I made from sugarpaste, just modelled it to look like Elmo. I put a dowell through body to attach head as it's quite heavy. I used an orange jelly bean for a nose, and white sugarpaste for eyes, coloured the eyes black with an edible ink pen. I made it look fury by lifting the sugarpaste with a coctail stick, then just attached to top of cake with a lump of wet icing!
My son loves Elmo so I decided to make a homemade Elmo cake for his 2nd b'day. I made the base using 2 cake mixes in 11x15 sheet pan. Then baked the Elmo face using 1 cake mix in an Elmo shaped pan separately, iced the bottom cake and then put the Elmo cake on top of it. I then did the Elmo decoration as per the instruction on the pan.
I decorated the cake border with m&m's (brown and red) and with the Elmo ready made icing decorations. I baked both the cakes two days before the party and did the decoration and icing a day before. Had a good experience decorating my son's homemade Elmo cake and he loved it too.
This Elmo Cake was prepared using the standard Wilton Elmo cake pan. I used the Wilton "no taste" red to make the color so deep. I recommend buying 2 or 3 large jars of that coloring to make it bold enough. Especially if you're going from white icing to red, it takes a lot. I used the leftover red icing to make the black so I didn't need to use as much of the black color.
I used the standard Wilton butter cream icing recipe and presented the cake on a 16" cardboard cake circle that I covered in the Wilton cake board wrap.