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Elmo the Entertainer Cake


Makes: Cake serves 110.

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Step 1

3 Days in Advance

Make gum paste hat and bow tie. Use 9 in. fondant roller with purple guide rings to roll out gum paste 1/8 in. thick. Use patterns and knife to cut out hat base and a separate hat band. Prepare gum glue adhesive following recipe directions. Use brush and gum glue adhesive to attach hat band to hat base.

Roll out gum paste 1/4 in. thick. Use pattern and knife to cut brim edge (reverse pattern for opposite side). Use gum glue adhesive to attach to hat base.

For bow tie, roll out gum paste 1/8 in. thick. Use patterns and knife to cut large and small bow tie. Position small bow tie on large. Pinch center to create folds. For knot, use knife to cut a strip, 1 in. wide x 1 1/2 in. long. Attach around center of bow tie, trimming as needed in back. Support bow tie with crumpled paper napkins.Let all pieces dry 24 hours on cornstarch- dusted board.

Step 2

Highlight hat and bow tie. Use brush and white Pearl Dust/lemon extract mixture to paint hat band, brim and tie. Let dry, 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3

Make Elmo candy plaque. Melt white and red Candy Melts candy according to package directions. Use orange candy color from primary candy color set to tint 3 oz. melted white candy orange. Use black candy color from garden candy color set to tint 2 oz. melted white candy black.

Use melted candy in cut parchment bags to mold candy plaque in Elmo pan as follows: Pipe in black mouth and pupils and orange nose. Chill until firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Pipe in white eyes. Chill until firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Pipe in remaining areas of pan with melted red candy. Chill until firm, 30 minutes. Unmold. Use melted black candy in cut parchment bag to pipe corners of mouth. Chill until firm, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

1 Day in Advance

Bake cakes in 18 in. x 3 in. half round pan. Bake and cool four cakes, 2 in. high, stacked to create a 4 in. high cake. Place cake on foil-wrapped cake board.

Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Tint a large portion golden yellow/lemon yellow combination (for yellow) and small amounts light royal blue and red-red. Reserve a small amount of white. Use spatula and yellow icing to ice cake smooth. Use candy plaque to mark where dowel rods will go into cake top. Cut three bamboo dowel rods to 4 in. high. Insert at marks.

Step 5

Make fondant drapes and swags. Tint 32 oz. white fondant rose/black combination (for dark rose). Use 9 in. fondant roller with pink guide rings to roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. For first vertical drape section, use rotary cutter to cut a strip, 4 in. high x 18 in. long.

Make drape. Spread gathered pleats to create a drape, 12 in. long. Mark a section on side of cake, 10.5 in. wide. This section will be left open. Use buttercream to attach first drape to cake side starting at right marking. Continue to cut sections and form drapes until entire cake side, except opening, is covered.

For each horizontal swag, use rotary cutter to cut a strip, 3 1/2 in. wide x 2 3/4 in. long. Make swags with four pleats. For center swag, above opening, slightly open space between bottom pleat and pleat above. Use melted black candy in cut parchment bag to pipe a line for mouth. Chill until firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Use blue edible color marker from fine tip primary colors FoodWriter edible color markers to color in irises on small candy eyeballs. Use melted candy to attach to center swag. Roll and shape a rose fondant teardrop for each eyelid. Use damp brush to attach to eyeball. Use damp brush to attach swags to top edge of cake.

Step 6

Make fondant name. Tint 3 oz. white fondant red-red. Use letters/numbers gum paste and fondant mold and red fondant to make desired letters. Attach to open area on cake side. Use tip 1 and white icing to pipe dots on letters.

Step 7

Complete cake. Position candy plaque, hat and bow tie on cake top. Use tip 2 and red, blue and yellow icing to pipe outline starbursts around Elmo.

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White Pearl Dust?

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White Candy Melts® Candy

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Red Candy Melts® Candy

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18 x 3 in. Half Round Pan

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A wonderful technique for finishing your piped baskets with pretty edging and handles. Excellent too for western or nautical theme cakes. You can make a great looking rope with round or star tips.

Use pans as molds when making solid decorative plaques. If your pan has detail, it may be painted in desired colors as you would for any candy mold.

The luxurious folds of a fondant drape add richness as a side garland or as skirt accents. Make a larger, more dramatic drape by cutting a larger rectangle. Be sure not to roll out fondant too thick before gathering?the weight of the drape may tear the ends.

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