This cake was one of my favourite that I have done in a while. There is something special about creating children’s cakes. It must be the Kindergarten teacher in me.
For this cake, I actually had time to enjoy the process during the creating, baking and making processes! The cake was ordered a month ahead of time, so I had lots of time to practice making Cookie Monster. The client wanted a Cookie Monster themed cake, with the front hosting a Sesame Street style name and age for the birthday boy . . . beyond those details, I was pretty much free to decorate as I saw fit. I LOVE those orders . . . FREEDOM is exciting to this cake/cupcake decorator.
This cake has a funfetti base . . . which is one of my favourite flavours! Can you say . . . . “Mmmmm, cake scraps?!”
Cake scraps are the reason for the cardio . . . and the best part of being a cake decorator . . . but, unfortunately, there has been WAY too many scraps, and WAY too little cardio for about the last year. I still teach spinning at the gym, but, it’s not enough!! I’ve really got to get my arse in gear. I’ve become pathetic.
And it has dyed vanilla buttercream. Mr. Cookie Monster is sculpted out of fondant, and all of the cookies, Sesame Street sign, and the cookie jar, are all made out of fondant as well. Sesame Street has been around since I was a kid, and I remember with the glazed eyed fondness that one can only when looking back into the past. Why is nothing as good as it was as a child??
My all time favourite Sesame Street character though has to be Big Bird, and in 1985 (yes, I’m going there . . . and I’m old) my brother, who was 3 at the time, and I, who would have been 6, were taken to the **MOVIE THEATRE** (big deal back then) to watch Follow that Bird. My brother was as cute as a little boy can be . . . bright blonde hair, fingers in his mouth . . . the literal golden child.
The movie was a grand experience and we were thoroughly enjoying the popcorn and pop (I assume our parents provided us with such delicacies) and the gripping plot line . . . until Big Bird was birdnapped!
I can still recall my brother screaming out at the screen when Big Bird is put in a cage and driven away . . . I don’t remember why this animal cruelty occured, but I know he was singing a song about being blue (sad . . . because he is clearly yellow). Sorry I spoiled the plot for you, you’ll get over it . . . if you had watched it in 1985, there would have been nothing for me to ruin.
Anyway, back to the cake . . .
To make Cookie Monster . . . I studied different pictures of Cookie Monster to figure out his shape and sizing. The trickiest part I found were making his paws/hands.
To make the Cookies . . . I used a piping tip to cutout and make both the larger cookie (Wilton Tip 12), and the small rounds (Wilton Tip 4) to represent chocolate chips.
To make the Sesame Street sign . . . again, I studied pictures online of the outline of the sign, and let my hands take over. If you want more of a guide to recreating this sign, I would suggest printing it out on your printer, and then cutting your fondant out according to the printed guide.