Oh kids just don't know what they're missing by not knowing how awesome Sesame Street used to be. It's just not the same anymore. Anyone else have "The Word is No" or "I Know a New Way to Walk" running through their head right now? I hope so. Even though it's just not the same, I'm glad it is still around. I love how you can get Cookie Monster anything right now. I have a Cookie Monster clutch purse, adult sized footie pajamas with cookie monster head baubles on the feet, and a cookie monster beanie hat. No, I don't think I'll ever fully grow up. I love how Sesame Street characters are all over Pinterest. Okay...I love how Sesames Street characters are everywhere. Cookie Monster has been big for a while now. People have made Cookie Monster cookies, cakes, cupcakes, cake balls, etc. We all saw this picture floating around the Internet before many of us even knew what Pinterest was:
|source: all over the internet...this picture is everywhere|
You've even seen a Cookie Monster Pinstrosity here on the blog before at http://pinstrosity.blogspot.com/2012/08/arum-num-num-num.html:
The Original Pin
Well today we'd like to add another Sesame Street character to the Pinstrosity family...Elmo. My brother used to love Elmo's World. He went around the house singing "La la la la! La la la la! Elmo's Weird!" (he couldn't say the "rl"). He didn't really watch Sesame Street...just Elmo's "Weird". Cristina, today's submitter, has a daughter who is also into Elmo, even though she's never seen Sesame Street. Cristina's daughter's birthday is coming up and she's been trying to figure out just the right thing for her birthday party. With the love of Elmo strong in the house she decided to give this a try:
The Original Pin
While these are cupcakes, Cristina figured it wouldn't be too hard to turn into a full size cake. Here's her "Elmo" creation:
Cristina explained what happened. "Now, a few things went wrong here. The first being that I couldn't get the buttercream frosting Elmo red. It didn't matter how much red food coloring I put in, Elmo would have been pink. So I did the logical thing and added some drops of blue food coloring. Instead of making it a darker red, it turned into a poop color. The actual frosting was so runny because of the food coloring that Elmo's "fur" actually looks like what would happen to someone's digestive system if they had food poisoning."
"I actually didn't have marshmallows for the eyes, so I tried using buttercream for that. The problem was that I was laughing so hard that the eyes look awful (either that, or I completely lack any type of frosting skills....which is probably the actual case). I also didn't want to waste an Oreo cookie on his mouth, so that's that!!"
"All in all, the cake was still yummy. If "Sesame Street" had a character that dealt with teaching kids how to poop in the toilet, this is what he would look like."
I've actually run into this same issue with coloring frosting. Regular food coloring just doesn't quite cut it for things like this. You can get frosting dye now in many grocery stores. Our Walmart even has it (in the cake decorating aisle next to scrapbooking and painting supplies...which seems weird to me. I'd put it over next to the baking aisle, but Walmart doesn't ask me my opinion on these matters). These dyes are made specifically for frosting. It takes less dye to get a vibrant color and helps preserve the texture of the frosting.
The other thing that would help this project is placement of the various facial features. If the eyes were a little higher on the head so that there isn't cake visible at the top it would give more of the illusion that the eyeballs are sitting on top of the head. The other thing I would change is the size of the mouth. Muppets' mouths take up nearly half of their face/head. With those two small tweaks, the Muppet will look more Muppetish.