I made this Sesame Street birthday cake for my son, Brian’s second birthday. I used two 10 inch round pans for the cake itself, iced with butter cream icing. The figures on the top I carved out of pre-colored fondant. My son has little figures that I used as ‘models’ along with pictures from the internet. I bought a set of molding and carving tools that were a big help. I’ve only made one other cake like this before and was not really sure how it was going to go, so I just started playing around molding and shaping the fondant. Once I got a little confidence that I was going to be able to get the characters looking good I just went for it.
Some tips that I think would help….If I did this again I would have used molding chocolate as I was told it is much more firm than the fondant. Don’t put the fondant in the fridge after you have molded your characters, this change in temperature makes the molds get very soft and start to lose shape. The tools I purchased were a huge help and I would highly recommend you purchase a kit for molding, shaping, and adding detail to the fondant. I think a lot of people know this, but when you are icing the cake it helps to keep dipping the spatula in water to get the cake smooth. Also, it helps if you can make the characters one or two pieces…the more pieces I added the harder it got to keep everything together.