Even though we didn't have a birthday party for my daughter Melodie's second birthday, I still wanted to make her a cake, to match the cookies and cupcakes that I made for her celebration at daycare. So I made a cake in the shape of Elmo's face!
I wanted to try something other than chocolate cake, and decided to make a brown sugar cake from Martha's "Cupcakes" book. I divided the batter in half and used this Elmo cake pan to bake each half of the batter, one half at a time.
Once both cakes were baked and cooled, I began making the filling. Since I knew that the brown sugar cake was going to be pretty sweet, I wanted the filling to be light. so I whipped up a batch of cream cheese frosting, and then lightened it with a batch of freshly whipped cream.
For the frosting, I made a batch of cream cheese buttercream (basically a batch of buttercream frosting with a stick on cream cheese added to it). Then after frosting Elmo's eyes with the white frosting using an offset spatula, I divided the rest of the frosting it into portions, and colored the them red, orange, and black. Then I filled in Elmo's eyeballs and mouth with black frosting using a piping bag fitted with a #5 tip. Next was Elmo's face with red frosting using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, and finally Elmo's nose with orange frosting using the offset spatula.
Melodie loved her Elmo cake! Although I thought it was a little too sweet. Also, the next time I make an Elmo cake, I think I'd flatten out the piping on the eyes and the mouth.