Toddlers and preschoolers across the world flock to Sesame Street every morning for their daily fill of Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and many other characters. Their infatuation with learning and the colourful characters may lend to a cake design at the request of your little one. Both experienced and amateur cake decorators can achieve a Sesame Street cake.
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Purchase a Sesame Street moulded cake pan from a craft or baking establishment. Bake a cake in the moulded cake pan and allow it to cool completely before icing. Many Sesame Street characters are fur-covered, so use a star-shaped piping tip, and press and pull icing to appear like fur. More experienced or adventurous cake designers can bake round or rectangular cakes, freeze them and carve them into the desired characters using a sharp knife before icing. Download and enlarge Sesame Street character colouring sheets from the Internet or from colouring books and lay one over the cake for a pattern or use as a decorating reference. Roll and cut fondant into two white circles for eyes and two small black circles for retinas. Cut an orange oval for the nose and a black mouth shape to lay over the icing in an Elmo cake. Candy pieces or more piped icing may also be used.
Decorate the face of the cake with moulded fondant or gum paste buildings and a road to appear like Sesame Street. Purchase small plastic Sesame Street characters and strategically stick them to the sidewalk, in a dustbin for Oscar and near Big Bird's noodle nest. Alternatively, many grocery store bakeries and craft shops sell various characters on toothpicks called cake picks. Stick the toothpicks atop cupcakes with an easy Sesame Street theme. Use a Sesame Street birthday gift for dual purposes; place an Elmo bath toy on top of the cake that your child can use later.
Use store-bought or homemade fondant to create an edible Elmo for the top of the cake. Roll a 2-inch ball of red fondant against a powdered-sugar sprinkled work surface and shape an oval to represent Elmo's face. Roll another 4-inch ball of red fondant to make an oval for the body. Use a tooth pick to connect the head to the body; press half of a toothpick into the top of the large oval and the other half into the wide section of the smaller oval. Roll four 4-inch strands of fondant, and use fondant glue to adhere two to the top sides of the large oval for arms and two to the bottom sides for legs. Shape two hands and two feet to adhere to the ends of the fondant strands. Mold two white circle eyes, a smaller orange oval nose and a black smile with fondant and adhere to the face section with the fondant glue. Rub a toothpick across the fondant to make the outer section appear as fur. Adapt the moulding to other characters by making blue features and a larger body for Cookie Monster, for example.
Due to the extensive popularity of Sesame Street characters and its long-standing presence on public broadcasting stations, the availability of Sesame Street cake toppers is high. In almost every craft store or bakery section of the grocery store, you are likely to find an Elmo candle with the age of your child on it. Others include Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Zoe and Rosita, among others. These candles not only illuminate the cake and allow the child to make a wish while blowing them out, but they also provide a Sesame Street presentation.
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