When shopping for an Elmo cake pan there are actually two options. The first is the common and current Elmo shaped cake pan that is just his face and smile. The other pan is from 1996 and is retired, and rather than just his face it’s his entire body with a gift in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other. Both pans are easy to find, since the retired pan has yet to hit “collector’s item” status. They’re also both made by Wilton, so you know that you’re getting the finest quality at the best price. In this post I want to offer some decorating tips for the cake as well as show you where to get the best prices on the Elmo face cake pan and the Elmo body cake pan.
In the pictures that you see around the web of this cake finished, Elmo’s face is pure red. If you have prior baking experience you’ll know that it’s tough to get icing to be that red without having it taste nasty from the food coloring’s ingredients. Most times when adding red food coloring to white frosting the best you can get is a medium pink color. I assume that Wilton decorated those cakes just for taking the pictures, but normal people will have a hard time getting it right.
So how do you do it? Add and taste! Add food coloring to the point just before you can taste it (usually a tablespoon) and then give it a good mix. It should be a medium pink color. From there you can add beet juice to continue getting it more red without giving it a nasty taste. Beet juice is actually pretty sweet and will enhance the icing’s flavor. Add it a 1/4 teaspoon at a time until you get as close to red as you can without making it too liquidy.
Shopping for both Elmo cake pans is easy, so you can spend some time tracking down the best deal. Below you’ll see Amazon.com’s best prices on both cake pans, and below that there will be all of the current listings from eBay. Amazon is the place to shop when you need to get more than one thing (gifts, party favors, something for you…) and need it all shipped at a great price. eBay is best when all you need is the pan, and you need it cheap. Check out both for the best price.
And here are the current eBay listings. Use the arrows on the right to scroll up and down to find the one that you’re looking for. Clicking on an item will show you the listing, offer more information, and give you the option bid/buy it.
Elmo cake pans are easy to decorate and fairly easy to find. There aren’t many things that can bring a smile to someone’s face as fast as an Elmo shaped cake so this cake is always a hit at birthday parties, school events, or any sort of get together. In this post I want to offer a few tips for decorating the Elmo cake pan as well as show you where to get it at a fantastic price.
If you’ve ever decorated shaped cakes before you know how to work with food coloring. I’m sure that after looking at the pictures of the decorated Elmo cake you’re wondering how in the world did they ever get the icing for his face so red?! The Elmo cake pan instructions say that it’s a small amount of red and orange coloring mixed into 1 1/2 cups of buttercream icing. I’ve decorated this cake a few times and have never been able to get close to the color without the frosting tasting toxic from adding too much red food coloring! I’m convinced that the picture is either doctored to look more red or the cake is inedible. If you can get the color right, please leave a comment below (I’d love to know!). If not, expect to have a medium reddish-orange colored Elmo!
You can get the Elmo cake pan from either Amazon or eBay. Use Amazon if you have other shopping to do (party favors, decorations, gifts, etc.) and use eBay if all you need is a cheap cake pan.
Here are the current listings for Elmo cake pans on eBay. Use the scroll bar to go down and see the prices on all of the pans that are currently available.