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Commission: First Birthday Elmo Cake by cakecrumbs Commission: First Birthday Elmo Cake by cakecrumbs
A cake for a little boy's first birthday. Cake is butterscotch, covered in royal icing and decorated with fondant.

This cake was an absolute nightmare from start to finish, mostly because of the heat. I don't have air con in my house so it doesn't handle Aussie summers well. I was almost tempted to say I couldn't make the cake after seeing the forecast, but I don't like letting people down. It worked out okay-ish in the end. Couldn't get the elmo figure to be all fluffy like I wanted so I ended up leaving him smooth.

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:iconjumei:
Jumei Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh it's so cute! :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you! :]
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Muggle-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Oh my goodness... I was looking for a good idea for a Baby Shower cake back in December and this would of been perfect! My sister and some of her friends were setting up a party for a mutual-friend. I think they had the party a day or two after you posted this, so she already had it figured out what she was going to make... This is really cute though and it looks a lot easier to make then some of the other cakes I found :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thanks. :]
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!
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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. :iconreddancingflower:

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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thank you. :] I will keep submitting then! :dummy:
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   General Artist
What a fabulous cake. Only using primary colours on a white background is brilliantly striking - great idea! Really nice finish around hte edge of the cake :)
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   General Artist
Oh, and the your letters look perfect too - dis you use stencils/cutters?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thank you. :] You know, I didn't notice that it was only primary colours until you said haha.

For the latter I used tap out cutters. Had to clean them up a bit with a craft knife to get rid of bumpy edges - some letters turned out better than others.
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome :) Funny the things you don't notice when doing a cake, after working for hours at it!

Ah, but you can't tell - imperfections are mostly, if not only, visible to the artist.
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome work! I applaud your determination. :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you. :] When it's for someone else there's no choice but to soldier on!
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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yooci Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! You are so good, it looks really pretty, and I hope it is also tasty :P
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you. :]
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BeautyIsOptional Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well despite your "heated troubles" :lmao: this turned out awesome. Elmo's so cute!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
:lmao: Nice pun. And thank you!
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cake-freashman-XD Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Artist
i love the little
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you
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thesearejessicakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Even with the heat problem, (god... I struggle with the lack of air con in the summer, and I'm in the UK! I can't even begin to imagine how hard your summers make cake decorating!) the cake still looks fantastic!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you! Aussies summers definitely do pose a challenge (last night was the first time I've touched fondant since making this Elmo cake at the start of December - avoiding it at all costs!), but I am just thankful I live in Melbourne and not Queensland. About two years ago Melbourne copped a bout of Queensland-type tropical weather, right when I was making a birthday cake for my mum, and the list of things that went wrong was endless! It gave me a lot of respect for decorators living in tropical areas.
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maytel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Regardless of your misadventures this looks great :)
Love the lettering on the blocks! was that a mold or did you pipe that with royal icing. Don't tell me you piped that...
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Haha, no, I'm terrible at piping! It's something I want to spend a lot of time practising this year. I used tap out cutters for these. I quite like that font, but have yet to master getting the perfect finish with the tap outs. Had to use a craft knife to neaten them up a bit, and they still weren't perfect. :shakefish:
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maytel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
It's beautiful!
I think I would've completely stopped talking to you out of jealousy if you made them out of piping. HAHAHA
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I'll make a note to never tell you if I ever magically become that accomplished at piping. :lmao:
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maytel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
YES. keep that horrible secret locked away! lol
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DarkHunter666 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always admire the amount of creativity and effort you put into your work girly. So few people can accomplish such an amazing result each and every time <3
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I just don't post the stuff that fails. :ninja:

Like the checkered berry parfait I'll post one day - I made that twice last week. The first time was a disaster. I ended up with one flavour that set, but the other melted. It looked pretty gross!
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Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
... Anush? :icondafuq:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It is the little birthday boy's name.
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Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Ah. Figures.
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
How do you pronounce that?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Like ah-nush? Does that even help? I seriously can never spell out how to pronounce things. I basically end up spelling the word out with some hyphens. :facepalm:

I found a thing that says it: [link]
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maytel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Ohhhhhhhhhh :) ok
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Trapper96 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Ask Elmo, hes the one who spelled it out with those blocks.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a nightmare!....I was going to say that I bet it was nice not to be sculpting, but it sounds like you had a hard time. Turned out really nice though...:)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you! I thought it was going to be a breeze not sculpting for once, but cake often teaches us not to be complacent. :lmao: I hadn't covered a cake with royal icing before - quickly discovered that it's quite the long and involved process. I should have stuck with buttercream!
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Royal icing is horrible to spread smooth. I only ice my Christmas cakes, and always do the snow peak thing with it..:lol:
It's brilliant for sticking things together though with how solid it sets.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Indeed! It's such a perfect glue.

I didn't have much trouble getting it smooth (whoo! paint scraper!) but I kinda put the crumb coat on and then decided to look up how others do it and you're supposed to do like 3 coats of different consistency icing and you have to let one side dry for a day before doing the adjacent side and ugh. Would have taken me a week to ice the cake if I did it properly.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yea....that would have taken a long time!
I probably would have just put a really thin coat of fondant on first....well, that's if I was given the choice from who ordered it.

Great idea with the paint scraper! :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
The person was basically was happy for me to do whatever because they said they knew nothing about cakes and trusted me to make the choice (I was given a ridiculously high recommendation from someone to them so wow did I feel the pressure!) But because the weather was gonna be 30-40°C while doing this I decided to stay completely away from covering with fondant. I just couldn't handle the drama of saggy, sweating fondant!

I also opted for no fondant as they wanted it done as cheap as possible so I offered them a lower price for royal icing, but it took me just as long anyway! Lesson learned there.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yea....I probably don't appreciate how hot it really gets for you. Our temperature is 29 tops...on the hottest day.
You have to go with what you feel is best at the time, and what the customer wants, and can afford.
It would be great to have a free-hand with all the orders huh....:D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I would love a top of 29 haha! Still, it's quite hot when you're not accustomed to a 45-50 top. We complain when we gets 5C in winter - we couldn't handle a real winter! Do you have many dramas with heat/humidity in general?

It would be so amazing to have free-hand order. Admittedly, though, they make me nervous!
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