You knew it was coming right? After tackling Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch I just had to try Elmo.

How to Pipe Elmo in Buttercream (video)

He is such a cutie!

And not as hard as I had imagined. The nose is what was throwing me… I didn’t know how I was going to make it perfect!

But a #12 tip and a little orange buttercream and it was easy peasy.

How to Pipe Elmo in Buttercream (video)

The main difference between Elmo and Cookie Monster & Oscar was the fur. Their fur is much more wild and messy. Elmo’s seems to me a little “tamer” and softer. So when piping him I tried to get it to “lay” down like a softer fur would.

Does that make any sense?

Oh goodness me, better just check out the video!

Tips & Tricks

I used this Chocolate Cake recipe. I made it into cuppies (very small cupcakes). I tinted this Crusting Buttercream recipe red and orange.

The eyes are hand drawn using Bakerella’s new product line.

How to Pipe Elmo in Buttercream (video)

I used a grass tip for the fur and a #12 for the nose. As I mentioned above, I tried to be a little more precise in how the fur “layed” – or how the frosting “layed”- as Elmo is not as messy as Oscar the Grouch or Cookie Monster.

If you are worried about the mouth part drying out you can do a few things:

  • Brush with simple syrup.
  • Brush some dark melted chocolate over the mouth area.
  • Place the mouth piece back into the cupcake with a toothpick until ready to serve.
How to Pipe Elmo in Buttercream (video)

These were my kids favorite by far. Sesame Street has sure made a wonderful and lasting impression on my kids.

How to Pipe Elmo in Buttercream (video)

And this was one time where I let them play with their food!

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. These are ADORABLE Amanda!! I love that they are mini, too. Perfect for a little toddler’s birthday. I made my daughter an Elmo cake for her second birthday. That was waaaay back in the day when I first started my blog, and it definitely didn’t look as good as this! I’m pretty sure I did the fur technique with a butter knife…or maybe my fingers. haha. 🙂

  2. I can’t decide whether I like this one more than cookie monster. Luckily, I don’t have to. So so cute!

    1. Loke so cute and sound delisious, I would be totally happy stuffing my face with a big slice of this cupcake! Thank for sharing

  3. SO CUTE!! You’re amazing. My advice to anyone worried about the mouth drying out is to EAT IT before it does! 😉

  4. Seriously. Just give me your skills.
    Or at least give me these adorable cupcakes! I’ll settle for that. Pinned!

  5. These are too cute!!! If I were to make them regular size cupcakes, would the eyes look too small?

  6. Can you please tell me what types of food coloring you use to get that vibrant red? Mine always end up looking like pastel colors!

  7. I would love to have a video of how you ice your cupcakes, I am manager of a K3-12th grade school cafeteria and am always looking for ideas for new and different treats

  8. How many drops of color right concentrates food coloring do you think I need to tint the frosting? Thank you making 2 batches for 24 cupcakes.

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