Creating an Elmo Cake
Creating an Elmo cake is easy here are some tips for beginners:
Elmo is red so creating truly red frosting takes a lot of food coloring. You can buy Betty Crocker vanilla frosting and add red food colored shell. Combine two cans of frosting to a bowl and add the die. At 1/2 of the container of red shell and then continue till the frosting becomes very red.
Frost the two stacked round cakes with a quick initial layer of frosting.
After you get the initial layer of frosting on the cake use a hair/grass cake-decorating tip to create the appearance of Elmo's fur.
Thicken the remaining frosting, as it is not thick enough to hold the Harry shape so mix in some powdered sugar to a thick consistency. Start with a little and add as much as necessary.
Once you get the frosting as red as you want it you can create the fur. Attach the tip to a disposable decorating cake bag. Don't hold the bag open at the top, hold the top half of the bag over your hand and use a spatula to fill the lower half of the bag.
Now you want to pipe the fur onto the cake. Squeeze, let go, and pull up. The longer you squeeze before pulling up, the longer the hair will be. Don't try to pull up while still squeezing. Starting the top of the cake and work your way down from the center out in concentric circles.
Once you've piped the cake moved to the sides of the cake starting at the bottom and work your way towards the top of the cake one row at a time.
Adding Elmo's face
Once the entire cake is covered in the red fur you can add Elmo's face. You can by a plastic cake topper for $3.25.
The cake topper requires no skill but it looks great and the face cake topper can be used again next year. There is also a cookie monster cake topper that can be bought also.
A gentle reminder that frosting especially red stains so make sure you're okay with your kids hands and face being read for a couple of days.
There are other fun options such as Sesame Street cupcakes etc.