A fun cake to make. First was the Sesame Street character cake.
I sketched out the characters and carefully cut them out. But I needed to add some firmness to the template so I stole the cardboard back from a notebook and taped the sketches to the cardboard and once again very carefully cut out the character.
Now to cut out the fondant shapes. The best thing to use is a brand new sharp exacto knife. It cuts through the fondant “like butta” and leaves nice sharp edges.
I didn’t want to just plop the mouth on top of the fondant face so carefully cut out the mouth out of the face and then cut it out of black fondant. I ended up tracing the mouth on another piece of paper and cut that out and used it as the template.
I used an edible glue of water and meringue powder to keep the mouth in place.
The rest was easy. Roll out some white and black and cut out circles to make the eyes. Orange for Elmo’s nose. Royal icing to pipe details.
Big Bird was a bit more complicated, but fun. I cut out his face and facial features from rolled fondant. Next I used royal icing to make his feathers. First I outlined individual feathers and then took a small paintbrush and gently brushed the piping outline towards the center to get that feathering look.
I finished up with the street sign and cut the name out using small cutters. Add some circles around the cake and there you have it.
The Elmo cake was dead easy. I made a small 8 inch cake. Piped a mouth using black buttercream and carefully filled it and smoothed it. I used red and a #16 tip to make the “fur” by pulling away from the cake a bit. The eyes and nose were made out of fondant as well.
I had a lot of fun making these cakes and can’t wait to see pictures of the baby playing with his cake.