My 2 year old grandson, Max, loves everything Elmo. So for his Homemade Elmo Birthday Cake, I made 2 chocolate cake mixes into a 9 x 13 cake, a 6 inch round cake and 14 cupcakes (for extra servings). I made a simple buttercream frosting and colored part of it red with paste color. Do this the day before because the red deepens in color.
I put the red on fairly thick and used a tiny fork to scrape it up to make a furry look. I used marshmallows and brown M&M's for the eyes. I carved the large end of a carrot for the nose and rubbed a little salad oil on it to keep it from drying out. I placed the carrot on the cake an hour before serving because I worried that the sugar in the frosting would draw water out of it.
The hat is an ice cream cone that I brushed with melted apricot jam to stick on the stars. I pushed it down into the cake a ways and put a toothpick under the upper part to keep it from laying down. I made the balloons by heating gum drops and pressing out. The mouth is melted chocolate chips squeezed through a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off. An edging of M&M's finished it off. Very simple and fun to make.
I made this Elmo cake for my daughter's second birthday party. We were living in Venezuela at the time and I could not get my hands on an Elmo cake pan. I found a picture online of Elmo and my husband used an overhead projecter to enlarge it. We then traced it onto wax paper so that the image would fit on the 9" x 13" pan.
After baking and cooling the cake, I sprinkled the top very lightly with powdered sugar so the wax paper wouldn't stick and so I could see the outline of my picture. I anchored the Elmo picture with toothpicks in the corners to keep it steady and, using another toothpick, carefully made holes along the border of the Elmo outline. Once I removed the wax paper, I had the perfect outline of Elmo's face.
I used Wilton's no taste red icing color for his face and applied it with a star tip. I used a black gel for his mouth and would have used white frosting for his eyes, but we had some recently- made merengue cookies which we used instead. They looked great.
The rest of the cake was frosted white. Since it was homemade, I hoped my daughter and her friends would recognize Elmo when they saw the cake, and they did!
This Elmo Birthday Cake was a chocolate box cake and homemade chocolate frosting inside. All the piping on the outside was done using store bought frosting dyed the colors I wanted.
I covered the cake with fondant. I am still learning how to use fondant. I have been having problems with it cracking on the edges. So I am getting really good at covering it up. The bottom border is just rolled balls of fondant. All the decorations, such as the Elmo crayons and Sesame Street sign with name in it, were done using an exacto knife and fondant. I used a tip #3 with the colored frosting.
I cut Elmo out in fondant freehand and then painted it with color gel. Red frosting is SO hard to make in frosting so I decided to spare the trouble and just paint the fondant. To stick the fondant on the cake I used a paint brush and water and it sticks right on. I think this was my favorite cake yet.
I made this Elmo Birthday Cake Idea for my son's second birthday as he loves Elmo. I got help from some idea of this site but as I didn't have an Elmo pan, I decorate a round cake. Frosted with purchased icing, colored with Wilton no taste red color, then I sprinkled some small red candy to have fuzzy effect.