Elmo Fondant Cake How To

Elmo Fondant Cake How To

Tickle them with a polka-dotty Elmo cake!

Whip up a cute-n-colorful Elmo cake with fondant polka-dots in silly colors and Sesame Street candles featuring all their fave characters! Make it super-sweet by decorating with gumballs and create some DIY extra-tall candles by sticking small star candles on skewers. It's easy with some basic cake decorating supplies and our Elmo Polka-Dot Fondant Cake How-To!


Yield Servings vary Level Advanced
Elmo Fondant Cake
  • 2 two-layer cake rounds, 6 in. and 10 in. in diameter
  • Buttercream icing
  • 3 boxes pre-rolled white fondant
  • Pre-rolled multi-color fondant set
  • Pre-rolled neon fondant set
  • Icing color in orange
  • leaf green lemon yellow (in 8-color set)
  • Blue icing tube
  • Royal blue gumballs (about 40)
  • Royal blue Sixlets®* (about 40)
  • Sesame Street birthday candles
  • Elmo birthday cake candle
  • Happy birthday star candles
  • Fondant roller
  • Fondant smoother
  • Pizza cutter or paring knife
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Decorating tips (for blue icing tube)
  • Tip #3 (in 25 pc. set)
  • Tip coupler (in 25 pc. set)
  • 16 in. round cardboard platter
Follow Instructions
1) Prepare confetti in advance
Make the fondant confetti in step 9 a day or two ahead. Cut thin 6 in. strips of fondant in different colors. Wrap around a pen or chopstick. Let the strips dry for a day or two. Slide them off and add to the cake as the finishing touch!
2) Ice cakes
To prepare your cake rounds to be covered with fondant, stack and ice them with a layer of buttercream icing.
3) Cover bottom tier
Knead a batch of white fondant until it's soft. Roll out the fondant, cover the larger cake and smooth with a fondant smoother. Trim off the excess with a pizza cutter or paring knife.
4) Cover top tier
Knead another batch of white fondant until soft, and tint it with dots of sky blue icing color using a toothpick. Knead until color is evenly distributed. Roll out, cover cake, smooth with a fondant smoother and trim off excess. Center the smaller cake on top of the larger cake.
5) Create buildings
Create a miniature Sesame Street! To make the buildings, roll out pink, purple and red fondant from the ready-made fondant sets (red from the multi-color set; pink and purple from the neon set). Dab the back of each building with a bit of water to apply to the base of the smaller cake. For windows, cut small rectangles and squares of each color and apply with dabs of water.
6) Draw birds
Use a food writer marker to draw birds on the "sky" above the buildings. Fun!
7) Create sign
Tickle the birthday star with a personalized Sesame Street sign with their name and age! Use green fondant for the sign background, yellow for the border, and white for the letters and birthday number!
8) Create polka dots
Time for cute polka dots! Use the wide end of a decorating tip to cut circles in different colors. Dab with water and apply to cake.
9) Attach confetti
Add your colorful confetti creations. (Make ahead; see step 1.)
10) Top with a candle
Top it off with an Elmo candle and the gang will eat it up!

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