We just loved the way these ABC Sesame Street Cakes turned out. We hadn’t planned on making a cake for our Sesame Street Party, but when we saw how cute our Sesame Street Frosted Sugar Cookies with character faces turned out, we knew it wouldn’t be hard to replicate the Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch faces in a cake. We were right. It was a fairly easy project that turned out beautifully.
How to Make ABC Sesame Street Cupcakes
- 3 Boxes of Cake Mix (and all the ingredients to make the cake batter)
- The Best Buttercream Frosting
- Wilton Frosting Tip #233
- Americolor Super Red Food Coloring
- Americolor Leaf Green Food Coloring
- Americolor Royal Blue Food Coloring
- Wilton Bright White Candy Melts
- Orange Peanut M&M’s
- Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies
- Oreo Cookies
- Black Icing
- Brown Icing
- Red Icing
We wanted our ABC Sesame Street cakes to have two layers so we baked the cakes in two 13″ x 18″ cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. To fill each cookie sheet you will need six cups of cake batter. One box of cake equals approximately four cups of batter so we used three boxes of cake mix to make enough cake to have three two layer cakes – one A, one B and one C.
Here is what one of the cakes looked like when it came out of the oven. We baked it for 18 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
We created our own ABC templates for cutting out the ABC cakes. In Photoshop Laurie created an image that would print at 8 inches by 8 inches. She used the same font for our ABC Sesame Street Cakes that we used for our Sesame Street Frosted Sugar Cookies. The font we used is called Ergoe Black Condensed. Laurie printed out an A, B and a C on regular printer paper and cut them out with scissors. We laid the letter templates on the cake while it was still in the cookie sheet and used a knife to cut out the cake.
If you go slowly, you can get pretty sharp lines in the cake.
Here is what we had once we removed all the cake remnants. Do this same process on the second cake.
Here is our left-over cake. Anyone hungry for cake pops, trifle or strawberry shortcake?
Now you need to make up three batches of our Best Buttercream Frosting. One batch will frost one cake so you will need three batches to frost all three of the ABC Sesame Street Cakes. Color one batch red (Americolor Super Red Food Coloring) one batch blue (Americolor Royal Blue Food Coloring) and one batch green (Americolor Leaf Green Food Coloring.) You can get the recipe and detailed instructions for making this amazing buttercream frosting here.
We put a layer of frosting between the two layers of each letter cake and then put the cakes in the freezer for about an hour. This is an important step and will make frosting the cake so much easier. Since the sides of the cake are cut edges, they are difficult to frost without getting a lot of crumbs in the frosting. Frosting the sides was so much easier when the cake was frozen.
Here is our frosted “B” for our Elmo cake. You don’t need a lot of frosting on the top because you are going to add the “frosting fur” here – concentrate on applying the frosting smoothly to the sides of the cake which will not have any fur.
You create the muppet fur by using a pastry bag filled with buttercream frosting and a Wilton Frosting Tip #233. This is the tip you would normally use to make “grass” like texture on a cake. If you don’t have one of these decorating tips, these cakes would also look cute with a smooth layer of frosting on the top.
For our “Elmo” face we used two upside down Wilton Bright White Candy Melts. Elmo’s nose is an orange Peanut M&M and his mouth is a half of one side of an Oreo cookie. Use black icing to give Elmo some eyeballs. This couldn’t be easier.
Oscar the Grouch’s eyes are created the same way we did Elmo’s eyes. Use brown icing to give Oscar a unibrow. Use a half of an Oreo for Oscar’s mouth and then add a little dot of red icing for his tongue.
Cookie Monster’s face is the easiest of all. White Candy Melts for his eyes and a half of a Mini Chips Ahoy cookie for his mouth. For Cookie’s eyeball – remember to give him his googly offset eyes!
Here is our Oscar the Grouch “A” Sesame Street Cake – finished and ready for the party.
Our Elmo “B” Sesame Street Cake is adorable!
And we think our Cookie Monster “C” Sesame Street Cake was the star of the show!
We loved how our ABC Sesame Street Cakes turned out. They went perfectly with our Sesame Street Rice Krispie Treats, Sesame Street Frosted Sugar Cookies and our Sesame Street Cupcakes. Laurie and I love it when a party plan comes together! The cakes are easy enough to make and the kids at your Sesame Street Party are going to love them!
You might also enjoy our post on our other party ideas for a Sesame Street Birthday Party.
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