I baked my Elmo cake in a 14" x 14" square pan using 2 cake mixes. I took out about a cup of the batter and baked in a small glass mixing bowl for Elmo's face.
After the cake cooled I trimmed the round one to be more of an oval shape and cut out a mouth then placed on top of square cake. I made the eyes and nose on a plate out of stiff buttercream icing with a #12 round tip and set aside to let it firm up.
I iced the whole cake with white buttercream. Then with a toothpick drew his body, arms and hands. Using Wilton's no taste red paste food coloring I filled in the body and covered the head using a #21 star tip pulling the icing out to resemble fur. Then filled in the mouth with black icing and the pupils on the eyes. I transfered the eyes and nose onto the cake with a small spatula. Then added different size dots to the side of the cake in various colors.
Using the big round tip I made a number 2. Then wrote my message. I dipped my finger in corn starch and flattened each dot and the number 2 to make them smooth. Also flattened the black mouth. I used the same big round tip to make a border.
This is the cake I made for my son for his 1st birthday. I used with Wilton 3d stand up bear pan and for the base cake used 2 9x13 cakes. I used the buttercream frosting recipe that is on the Wilton webpage and for the hat, eyes, nose, and mouth used the marshmallow fondant also on the Wilton webpage. If making this cake I would definitely use the no-taste red icing coloring because with this much red, the taste really stands out and is not so pleasurable to the palate. My son seemed to enjoy it okay though. I received so many compliments on this cake. It took me 8 hours, 4 cake mixes, a dozen eggs, 6 pounds of confectioner's sugar and 4 sticks of butter but we finally got it done and I was so glad. My hand was cramping something awful. I am an ameteur when it comes to cake decorating, but I have to say that I even impressed myself with this one.
My youngest daughter is in love with Big Bird and Elmo. For her first birthday, I used some of the info on this site to construct this Big Bird and Elmo cake.
I used a box cake for the bottom rectangle, then rented the Wilton Sport's Ball pan to bake a round cake, using the two halves as the characters' heads. Half a sugar cone was used for Big Bird's beak, and I embedded a plastic easter egg in Elmo's head for his nose. The bottom half of four other easter eggs were the eyeballs for both and mini Oreos were the centers of the eyes.
A leaf tip works great for feathers, and a double tip, normally used for writing, worked well for Elmo's fur.
My daughter loved it, and so did her guests! Thanks to all on this site for the fabulous idea.
I made this Abby Cadabby And Elmo Birthday Cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday. She loves Elmo and that's what she asked for. I made 2 boxed cakes and frosted them with canned icing.
For the design I covered the picture of Elmo and Abby with plastic wrap and taped it to a cutting board. I used decorating icing that comes in the tube in the cake section and to trace out my figures. After letting it set I mixed the colors of frosting that I would need to fill in the characters.
After letting the characters freeze I turned them out onto the frosted cake. I used Wilton's colored sugar to sprinkle over the top.
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