I have such spoiled little mice! They often get two fabulous birthday cakes each year. Its because their birthday parties and their actually birthday don’t always fall on the same day. If this happens, we still celebrate on their birthday even if it’s just for us.
The day Hudson turned one we celebrated his birthday at home, just us, his big birthday party with friends and family happened a few weeks later ( and 900 miles away ) and it was an entirely different theme, “Arctic ONEderland”. Hudson loves Elmo and I wanted to make him happy for his first cake. Elmo’s fur was easy to create by piping out a thinned squiggly line of icing in a furry pattern. But before I got going with that I had to make a few pieces of his face in fondant. It was super important to me to get the shape of his eyes and nose perfect or he would look like a knock-off. I often shy away from doing well known characters if I don’t think I can make them exact. What made this Elmo more special was the 3D feeling of his eyes and nose coming forward and his mouth beneath the fur piping. As I’ve said before when I do cakes that are just for us at home I usually do some experimenting. Sometimes I like to color my cakes as a surprise when they are cut & served. (you can see my white snow flake cake in red velvet in a future post) I used a white cake mix and mixed a few of my blue gels to see if I could get an exact shade of blue that I use in his room. It worked perfectly, but Hudson wasnt worried about it either way. He was very excited to dig his hands in that yummy Elmo, no matter the color inside.