My nephew turned 2 years old today and we will be celebrating his birthday next weekend. The party was originally planned for this weekend, but the poor little guy was sick all Friday evening. I made the cupcakes and cake on Friday, but thankfully my in-laws have a big freezer in their garage to store the cupcakes until next week.
Supplies you will need to make Elmo Cupcakes:
- Red cupcake liners
- Cake mix (Or you can make it from scratch)
- Red icing
- Disposable Wilton piping bag
- Wilton star tip (#21)
- Orange peanut m&ms (for Elmo’s nose)
- Oreo cookies (cut cookies in half for Elmo’s mouth)
- Large marshmallows or white fondant (for Elmo’s eyes)
- Black decorating gel (for eyes)
Supplies you will need to make individual Elmo cake:
- 6 inch cake pan
- Cake mix (or make it from scratch)
- Red icing
- Piping bag
- Wilton star tip (#21)
- Same items for Elmo’s face as cupcakes
I usually like to make everything homemade, but when I tested this out earlier in the week, I failed to get my icing red. It was a bright pink and it tasted horrible. I decided not to be such a perfectionist and to use store-bought cake mix and icing. I recommend looking for baking supplies at a Hobby Lobby or Michael’s craft store.
Here’s how to make Elmo cupcakes:
Step 1: Bake cupcakes (either from scratch or homemade) and allow to cool completely before frosting. I decided to go with a funfetti box mix:
Step 2: Prepare your frosting if making from scratch and put about 1/2 a cup into piping bag with Wilton star tip (#21). Twist the piping bag at the top and use one hand to apply pressure and the other hand to help guide you.
Step 3: Slowly and with careful control, apply light pressure. Make a star and quickly pull up moving quickly across the cupcake. (I used a cupcake icing from a can with the star tip because it was the only red icing I could find. It worked out really well!)
Step 4: Continue design until you have covered the top of the cupcake (I left a little cake showing around the sides so that it would be easier to pick up.) And, of course, I forgot to take a picture.
Step 5: Make Elmo’s face. If you are using marshmallows for the eyes, cut it into a round shape. If you use white fondant, roll it into a ball (I recommend this option – much easier. You can purchase white fondant at Hobby Lobby.) Use half of an oreo cookie for the mouth, and a peanut m&m for the nose. Draw black circles on the eyes using black decorating gel.
And there you have it: Cute Elmo cupcakes – perfect for a child’s birthday party!
They look so cute lined up together.
Now, for the Elmo cake:
Step 1: Bake cake in 6 inch greased cake pan (It took about 32 minutes to bake my cake. Use a toothpick inserted into the middle of cake and start checking at 28 minutes. When there are just a few crumbs on the toothpick, continue to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes. When the toothpick comes out clean, it is ready.)
Step 2: Allow to cool completely. Remove cake from pan and cut off the top of cake to make it level. Use a cake spatula or knife to spread read icing over the entire cake (the sides and top). I found it very helpful to use a cardboard box below the cake to help move it.
Step 3: Decorate the top of the cake using the same instructions from the cupcakes.
Step 4: Make the face. I made the white fondant eyes a bit bigger for the cake.
Use the cardboard box to help you move the cake in and out of the storage container. It is definitely not perfect, but I am happy with the results and I think my nephew will really enjoy this for his birthday party. If you give this a try, I hope you enjoy it as well.