(Henley Brook, Western Australia, Australia)
Homemade Elmo Birthday Cake
This Elmo Birthday Cake was made by my sister and I for a friend's daughter's first birthday. She had requested that baby Elmo and the number one be on top and that the cake was made out of a chocolate and white chocolate marble mud cake but otherwise we were free to design the rest ourselves.
After surfing the net and looking at hundreds of cake photos we came up with this design and we love it! We found a simple Marble mudcake recipe online and doubled the mixture to fit a 10 inch square cake tin. This is the link to the recipe we used http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/b/new-idea/914/triple-choc-marbled-mud-cake/ We had to bake the cake for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Once cooled we smothered the top and sides of the cake with a basic buttercream icing which gave us a perfect surface to lay out the ready to roll pastel pink fondant on. We rubbed the fondant gently to smooth it down the corners and out any bumps before beginning to roll hot pink and yellow fondant into balls about the size of a 5 cent piece.
The letters were cut out of hot pink fondant and then brushed with a little water before being sprinkled with edible hologram glitter. The stars were also made out of yellow and pink fondant and Elmo was made out of fondant that we cut out using a home made template. All the fondant shapes were secured to the cake using a little bit for water.
We were both very surprised with how well it turned out and although it took a full day of cooking and decorating we think the end result is well worth it!
This 3D Elmo Birthday Cake was made of lemon cake for the body and legs, rice krispies for the head, eyes, nose and arms (to keep the cake from being too top-heavy). Elmo's miniature cake was made of chocolate layer ganache cake. The finished Elmo cake was approx. 18 inch in height.
Shape the cake with serrated knife to get desired shape. Layer the cakes and add buttercream icing in between layers. Make sure stacked cake layers are even and sturdy. Use plastic straw or wood skewers pierced through the middle of the cake from top to bottom to give support and keep cake from sliding.
Coloured fondant is used to cover and decorate the miniature cake, Elmo's eyes and nose. Buttercream icing tinted with red food colouring was used with a large star tip and piped all over, from bottom of cake up, to create the layered furry effect.
To get the deep red colour, you will need to make and colour the buttercream icing 1-2 days prior and stored in the fridge to let the colour develop.
Visit ponviabakes.blogspot.com for more pictures of the making of Elmo cake and other 3D cakes.
I made a 14 inch 2 layer round cake and covered it with fondant. I baked the Elmo in an Elmo shaped pan from bulk barn and covered it in icing made from a cup of butter and a bag of icing sugar.
I used a 1oz bottle of Wilton red food colouring gel and also a bit of orange for his nose. I then put Elmo on top of the cake. I used Elmo shaped candies. Balloons are from fondant and the writing and Elmo's mouth is filled using store bought chocolate glaze.
I was inspired by the Wilton website and also wanted to use fondant so badly but no one liked the taste of the fondant so next time I'll stick to icing.