My one-year old loves Plaza Sesamo. We don't speak Spanish so I let him watch that hoping he'll pick up some. His favorite is Archibaldo (Grover - don't ask me why they changed his name.) He gets the biggest smile whenever he is on the screen and quite often laughs at him.
So I looked all over for a pan to make his a Grover cake, couldn't find one, considered Elmo, but his favorite is Archibaldo and that's what I waned to do. Since Elmo's eyes are on top, his pans were not a good fit. I considered trying to sculpt one, but didn't feel like I had the time for that much work. Then I thought - a GINGERBREAD MAN pan! He would have a round head and an easy body to fur up.
There were several on eBay, but a lot have short little hands and feet. For a really easy way to do Grover, get the one that is carrying a candy cane (I made it just a white cane) because he has a regular body with nice long arms and legs. Perfect! Then I just used buttercream frosting colored to match the stuffed Grover/Archibaldo I bought my little boy and a special tip to simulate fur and Tadaaa! - an easy Grover cake using a character pan.
My son's favourite toy is Grover (from Sesame Street), so for his second birthday, I made him a Grover Cake.
I simply baked a rectangular slab and iced it with vanilla icing, then based my Grover drawing on a picture I found on the Internet. I used blue, black and red tubes of cake decorating gels to create Grover, then I added two cut marshmallows for his eyes and black gel on them for his pupils and a pink ball of marzipan for his nose.
I also made the yellow sign out of marzipan and added candy letters saying 'Happy Birthday Will'. And last of all I piped blue icing around the edges of the cake for decoration.
When I brought the cake out, my son gasped with surprise, smiling and pointing at the cake, "IT'S GROVER!"
It was a big hit with all the kids (especially Will).
This Homemade Grover Birthday Cake is for my 33 year old daughter that absolutely loves Grover! I bought two Halloween aluminum pumpkin cake pans (they had kind of an oblong shape). Once baked, I cut an indent on one side of the baked cake so both sides matched; I used half of a pink plastic Easter egg for the nose, rolled out fondant frosting for the eyes.
This made a two layer cake. I used a Wilton Icing colors and deluxe tip decorating set for the finished product.