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How to Make Elmo Cakes

Elmo cakes

By Mrs. WSL

For my son’s second birthday I decided to go with an Elmo theme and created some fun cupcakes. So today I want to teach you how to make an Elmo cake, big or small.


  • cake mix (any will do, I used chocolate) I used the recipe from Hello Cupcake! to make fantastic cupcakes.  You add 1 cup buttermilk, 4 eggs, and the oil amount called for on the box.   Bake them at 350 for 15-20 minutes.  Yield:  24 cupcakes.
  • Buttercream icing (any icing will do, even the canned kind)
  • Red food coloring (and lots of it.  You might have to use most of a bottle, depending on the amount you need to color.  Remember that the icing will darken as it sits, so if you have time, give it 10 minutes or so before adding extra coloring just in case you have enough in it already.)
  • White peanut M&Ms for the eyes
  • Orange jelly beans for the noses
  • Chocolate wafer cookies or chocolate candy melts for the mouth
  • Edible marking pen (Wilton sells one that works well.)
  • I was able to find some Elmo cupcake liners at the regular grocery store

Once the cupcakes are cooled, mix up your red icing and put it into a decorating bag.  Use the Wilton tip meant for creating grass.  It’s #233 to make the furry face.  I wedged in two candy melts in the region of the mouth and iced over the edges.  I marked eyeballs on the white M&Ms and added the jelly bean nose.

I wasn’t sure they looked entirely like Elmo, but they were definitely Sesame Street monsteresque.  The proof was in the pudding, though.  My two year old knew exactly what it was when they were unveiled.  Success!!

If you want to read more about my cooking adventures, check out my gingerbread houses!

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