Elmo Cake Hack via Elyse Howlett

 1st birthday party Elmo Cake Coles Mudcake Hack

Save time and avoid baking. Get straight to the decorating! 

Those who know me would definitely not call me a whiz in the kitchen.
Infact, I'm sorry to say that most of my friends and family would likely laugh at the thought of eating my baked goods and throw some to my Labrador under the table when I'm checking on my charred deserts! 
I can roast. I cook a mean pork roast, that's for sure. But ask me to BAKE something and it will turn into a rock cake. Sorry not sorry! 

So needless to say, when my son turned the big ONE at the start of the year, I decided that I wasn't about that life and just straight up bought some premade Coles mudcakes and started decorating. 

Believe it or not I've never 'decorated' a cake before apart from the old 'ice the top and throw as many lollies on top as you can.' BUT being an artist, I've always been great at creating so I was incredibly over-confident that I'd decorate the best Elmo cake the internet has ever seen!

If you judge my success based on how much my son cried when we cut the cake and dissected Elmo's poor eye balls, well I'd say I was pretty close! 
First birthday Elmo Cake hack by Elyse Howlett www.elysehowlett.com

Anyway, it's really easy to recreate yourself. Here's how! 

You'll need: 
  • 3 premade Coles mudcakes. A bargain at $4 each (You could probably get away with 2. I got over zealous with needing all of the cake). 
  • Premade Buttercream ( I'm also not about that life). I used the 2 kg bucket of long-life buttercream from Cakers Warehouse so I didn't need to refridgerate it.
  • Fondant - I used Fondtastic luxury Fondant in white. 
  • Food colouring - elmo red, yellow and black. 
  • Piping bag and piping tips
  • Cake base for it to sit on
  • rolling pin
1.Level the top off 2 of the mud cakes so you are working with a flat surface. 
2. Place a dollop of buttercream in the centre of your cake base. Then place the first mudcake on top (flat top). Ice the top of this mudcake with buttercream to create the filling between each layer. Then place the next mudcake on top (flat top) and then the final mudcake on top to create the 3 tiers. Coat the whole cake with a thin layer of the buttercream. (You should still have atleast half remaining)

Adding buttercream to the coles mudcake layers
3. Knead the fondant out with your hands and separate into portions in bowls for Elmo's eyes, nose and mouth. Add a few drops of yellow and a drop or two of red to the fondant, then rolled it in your hands to resemble Elmo's nose.
To create the black fondant for Elmo's mouth and pupils, you'll need quite a few drops of the black food colouring. For the eyes, leave as the white pure fondant and create by rolling in your hands. 
4. For the mouth, you'll need a rolling pin to roll it out quite flat and then you can cut out his smile (as below) and the place on to your cake. Then place his eyes, but do not secure the nose yet! 
Elmo cake hack with Elyse Howlett
5. Mix in your red food colouring with the remaining buttercream and place into a piping bag with the large 'star' looking piping tip. Now the fun begins! 
Work your way around the cake from the base upwards creating his monster 'fur.' 
Don't worry about mistakes, once you get up to his face, you'll be a pro :) 

6. On his face, carefully pipe around his eyes and mouth until you've completed his face. Then carefully place his nose in the centre. Voila! You've got a sweet Elmo cake, with a delicious foolproof filling. It's really that easy. 
Elmo cake hack Coles mudcake decorated by Elyse Howlett www.elysehowlett.com

Happy happy dance dance! xo 

About Elyse

Elyse Howlett is an Australian Artist who specialises in whimsical fine art for kids. 

You'll find her work adorning magical children's playrooms, nurseries and bedrooms around Australia. 

Shop her art prints at www.elysehowlett.com

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