Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lauren's 3rd Birthday: Cookie Monster Cake

On July 3rd, our lil' gal turned 3. I'm not sure how that happened, because I'm pretty sure we just brought her home from the hospital!

The birthday girl...still wearing
her hat from her farmer/cowgirl party!

If you've read any of these posts, you might remember that for Olivia's birthday I made her a cake for her actual birthday and one cake and some cupcakes for her party.
So of course to keep it fair, I had to do the same for Lauren!

This year Lauren totally understood the whole birthday thing and was super excited about it.
When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday, she had quite the idea.
This is how our conversation went down:
Me: Lauren, what kind of cake do you want for your birthday?
Lauren: A Cookie Monster cake...with Elmo inside.
Me: You want a Cookie Monster cake with Elmo inside???
Lauren: No...I want a Cookie Monster cake with Elmo cupcakes inside.


Well, she got the Cookie Monster cake, but there were no Elmo cupcakes inside...Sorry kid!


 I've never made a character cake, so I went to straight to the best source of help...Pinterest!
I got some ideas, decided on what tip to use*, grabbed my supplies and got started.


During the weeks leading up to Lauren's birthday we were going through a major heatwave, which didn't help the temperature in our house - no matter the season, our house is ridiculously hot. I had to work pretty fast, but as quickly as I could make those blue fur stars, they melted!


The cake was a 6 inch chocolate cake and I tinted my usual buttercream royal blue. For his mouth I used a whole lot of black piping gel (which we didn't eat) and his eyes were made from giant marshmallows** and piping gel pupils.

Look at those sneaky little
Olivia fingers creeping up!

Other than his mouth, which I had no idea how to do, I was super happy with this cake!
And even though there were no Elmo cupcakes inside, Lauren loved it all the same.


Check back next week for a post all about Lauren's Farm/Cowgirl 3rd Birthday Party!


*While researching how to make this cake, I saw some tutorials done with the grass or multi-opening tip and some with a star tip. I ended up using a number 16 star tip.

**This may be something that everyone knows, but putting icing sugar on the marshmallow slices makes them way easier to work with! It took me longer to figure that out than I'd like to admit!

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