My daughter loves Elmo, and this Elmo Birthday Cake Idea was super-easy to make! I baked the tiers and froze them (it's so much easier to frost a frozen cake!) a couple days in advance. I also made marshmallow fondant a few days before, and kept it wrapped up tight in the refrigerator.
The night before the party I frosted the cakes with plain old white frosting, rolled out the fondant, and layed it over the tiers. I copied the outline of Elmo's face from a picture I had on one of her toy boxes. I used prepared black writing icing to draw the outline, and prepared red decorating icing to fill in his "fur". I rolled two little balls of fondant for Elmo's eyes (with some black writing icing as his eyeballs). One more little ball of fondant mixed up with some orange writing icing made the nose (I shaped it with my hands so it was narrower at the top and wider at the bottom).
I piped red decorating icing around the bases of the cakes to cover up any imperfections when I cut the edges of the fondant. And it made a good color-coordinated border. The confetti cut-outs around the side added a little pizzazz, and voila! The whole decorating process took me about and hour and a half - it would have been shorter but it took a long time for me to roll out the refrigerated fondant - next time I'll just wait until it's room temperature!
Chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse layer and mousse also covered the cake. Use an Elmo image as a stencil, enlarge to the size you need, trace with baking paper, place on top of the fondant using a toothpick go over the lines making sure it leaves an indention on the fondant.
I used fondant again for the eyes and nose. You can use melted chocolate for the mouth and pupils and outline of face. To make the 'hairy' look use a very small circle nozzle and just go crazy with it.
For the cupcakes: I spread a thin layer of red icing on top first so that everything will stick down :)
EYES: Marshmallows for eyes, I did cut them in half, melted chocolate or choc drops for the pupils.
NOSE: Orange coloured fondant.
MOUTH: Dark coloured fondant for the mouth, cut out with a half moon shape and I pinched the corners a little, then piped a little line for the grin.
FACE/HAIR: Small sized circle nozzle again and go crazy.
Hope you like my homemade Elmo cupcakes and cake ideas.
I used a name brand cake because the Western family cake fell apart. The nose was from that cake I carved it to the size I wanted. The eyes I carved from cup cakes then I froze both. The frosting is just a basic butter cream frosting.
I froze the cake then frosted it with yellow frosting then I frosted the eyes and nose and placed them on the cake where I wanted them. With a toothpick I free handed the outline so if I messed up all I had to do was smooth the frosting back over. I then used the #4 tip to cover up the lines I had mad with the tooth pick and to make the out lines. I had to use blue and green frosting mixed to get that color because I didn't have any black and it was 1:00 in the morning but I did the outlining and the mouth. Then with the #18 star tip I filled in the rest of Elmo.