Sunny Day Elmo Cake


Sweep the clouds away and create a fun birthday surprise for your kids with this Sunny Day Elmo Cake. Easy to decorate, this Sesame Street cake is simple enough for even the most novice of decorators to make. Best of all, the Sesame Street Elmo Cake Pan outlines all of Elmo’s features for you, so decorating this cute character cake is just as easy as coloring in a coloring book!
Makes: Serves 12
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Step 1

Bake cake. Bake and cool cake in Elmo pan following recipe instructions.

Step 2

Prepare and tint icing. Prepare icing following recipe instructions. Using icing colors, tint ½ cup icing black, ¼ cup orange and 1½ cup red following color combination provided. Reserve remaining ¾ cup icing white.

*Combine Red-Red and Christmas Red icing colors to get red color shown.

Step 3

Decorate cake. Using spatula and white icing, ice eyes smooth. Using spatula and black icing, ice inside of mouth smooth. Using spatula and orange icing, ice nose smooth. Using spatula and red icing, ice Elmo face, leaving swirls in icing.

Prepare decorating bag with tip 3 and black icing. Pipe smile on Elmo.

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Sunny Day Elmo Cake is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my first character cake and it came out really nice! Everybody liked it, specially my daughter that couldn't stop jumping around it; she was turning 2. It is a big cake, nice size for a medium group of guests. I made a simple vanilla cake filled with "manjarblanco" a dark and sweet milk made from condense milk. I didn't dipped my finger in cornstarch because it was leaving a white path. I just padded softly the mouth, nose and eyes with my finger, drying it on a piece of cloth/towel, every time, otherwise the icing sticks to the finger. I used a bigger tip only because I didn't have the time to make smaller stars, but it came pretty any way, and finished faster.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my name is donna housel , i love the elmo cake pan. the results are fabulous and it is so easy to make , my grandkids just love it. i am making this cake for my newest on year old grand son. my tips are make sure to use a light colored cake mix it makes it easier to trace. use tip 1 or 2 to trace the out line of the face. use the small star tip for the best look and make sure to practice the cake first then make it again to make sure you get the right color. elmo is the easiest and very cute face for a childs bday party. from donna housel
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just made this cake for my nephew last month. The biggest problem I ran into was the buttercream icing. I followed the Wilton's recipe and the icing turned out way too sweet and the colors did not mix well into the icing. Oh, and the whole cornstarch thing totally didn't work out. It was leaving white marks all over the icing. So, I grabbed a couple cans of vanilla icing from the store and it worked out perfectly. I still used the icing colors that Wilton suggested and the colors were bright and spot on! My nephew really enjoyed the cake, but I would not recommend using the buttercream icing recipe.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was relatively easy to complete. However the hardest part was getting my red icing, red enough. So thankfully I purchased the "no taste red color" from WILTON and I had to use quite a bit of it until I got the color I was happy with. I also found that if I put too much icing in my bag, especially with the red as this cake requires most of, my hand warmed up the icing too much and made it thiner...so put less and just add more to your bag as you go. My son really enjoyed this cake and we will do it again in the future!
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To make black, I use store bought chocolate frosting...I actually buy the dark chocolate and thus use less black color -- (This cake I used half a jar of the frosting and half a container of color -- had twice as much as needed). I too have trouble getting the red dark enough, my 2 year old kept saying "Elmo -- Abby!" She knew it looked like Elmo, but it wasn't quite as red as Elmo and hence the Abby. I added the whole jar of no taste red, didn't have any more on hand and added food coloring red, which didn't help a bit. I didn't notice the directions asking to add some orange. For me, the eyes stuck in the pan, but I was able to tease them out with success and cover the problem with the frosting...
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok, I've rated this one before, but I can't get over how cute this cake turned out & how happy our friend's baby (first birthday) was to see it & get covered in it! The actual process is easy, but that many stars to get to you after a while...a friend and I each did half and our hands both hurt by the time we were finished...so worth it to make a baby that happy! This is the only cake from the site that I did exactly as directed (I usually personalize them a bit) because it's perfect from the start!
Date published: 2011-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only problem I had with this one was getting the red color right but we got it in the end. Doing this many stars made my hand hurt a bit but it was very worth it - looked just like Elmo in the end (I wish we could post pictures in here!) Literally just brought this to a friend's house for her son's first birthday and they couldn't have been happier! They kept asking the birthday-boy "where's Elmo?" and he'd point at the cake - amazing feeling when even a baby can recognize good work! LOVE IT!
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just made this cake for my daughter's second birthday. The cake was easy, but the decorating was a little bit of a challenge. I made the buttercream which tasted great, but did seem a little gritty even though I sifted the sugar and used my Kitchenaid mixer. You need lots of the gel coloring to get the colors dark enough and I hope I never have to make black icing ever again. My hand was tired from making those tiny little stars, but the caked looked and tasted great. It was a hit!
Date published: 2011-05-15
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