Elmo Cheesecake Pops

Elmo Cheesecake Pops

February 3: Elmo’s Birthday

The news of Elmo’s puppeteer, Kevin Clash, is distressing, unfortunate and scandalous for Sesame Street and its fans and followers. Despite the negative circumstances, we are reminded that God loves the sinner but not the sin. Elmo still represents happiness, fun, optimism and goodness. But there are haters and pessimists who will always find fault and promote perversion. We pray there is healing, repentence, forgiveness and righteousness in this sad Sesame Street situation.

On a happier note, cheers to Elmo with cheesecake pops on his birthday! Elmo loves you and so does God!

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” (Zechariah 7:9)

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Leftover cheesecake (such as our white chocolate cheesecake or 1 small cheesecake, like Sara Lee brand, thawed)
  • Red candy melts
  • Mini Oreo cookies
  • Chocolate tube frosting
  • White tube frosting
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Orange tube frosting

Directions

In a large bowl, crumble the cheesecake, crust and all, and mash together with a spoon or spatula until well blended. Roll into 1 ½ inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Elmo Cheesecake Pops

In a microwave safe bowl or double boiler, melt the red candy and stir until smooth. Dip one end of a lollipop stick into the red candy melts and then stick halfway into a cheesecake ball. Stand the pops in a styrofoam base and refrigerate to set the candy melts.

Elmo Cheesecake Pops

Quickly dip and coat the cheesecake balls in the red candy melts to cover the surface. Put them back on the styrofoam base and refrigerate to set. Meanwhile, twist apart a mini Oreo cookie and scrape off the white filling with a knife. Cut the cookie in half to form Elmo’s mouth.

Elmo Cheesecake Pops

Use chocolate frosting from the tube to “glue” the mouth to a cheesecake pop. Continue assembling the rest of the mouths, refrigerating frequently. Use white frosting from the tube to pipe two round eyes.

Elmo Cheesecake Pops

Place a mini chocolate chip into the eyeballs to make pupils. Pipe Elmo’s nose with the orange frosting from the tube. Refrigerate all to set. When ready to serve, place on a decorative lollipop or dessert stand.

Elmo Cheesecake Pops

Notes

  • Cheesecake tends to hold its shape better than brownie or cake pops.
  • Keep the cheesecake balls cool at all times so they are firm and do not slide down the lollipop stick (see our Food Flops for an example).

Elmo Cupcakes

Elmo Cupcakes

February 3: Elmo’s Birthday

Happy birthday to our favorite, fuzzy red monster from Sesame Street—Elmo! He is extremely popular with kids (and kids-at-heart like middle-aged Islander) and has a positive impact all over the world. To celebrate his birthday, we made simple but adorable chocolate cupcakes covered in red and orange frosting and decorated with vanilla candy wafers and an Oreo fudge creme cookie. We share these irresistably cute creations with co-workers and college students and they are always tickled at the sight of smiling edible Elmo cupcakes! Spread some smiles today and give the gift of an Elmo cupcake on his birthday.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • Red frosting (for Elmo’s fur)
  • Oreo fudge creme cookies (for Elmo’s mouth)
  • Vanilla candy wafers or melts (for Elmo’s eyes)
  • Black tube frosting (for Elmo’s pupils)
  • Orange tube frosting (for Elmo’s nose)

Directions

Bake and cool cupcakes. Stir the red frosting to a spreadable consistency. Use the “grass” tip to pipe in Elmo’s fur. Begin piping the frosting on the outer edges of the cupcake and generously finish filling in the middle.

Elmo Cupcakes

Cut the Oreo fudge creme cookies in half. Place a piece on top of the cupcake. Pipe around the edges to cover any cookie seams.

Elmo Cupcakes

Prepare Elmo’s eyes by matching pairs of vanilla candy wafers. Use the black tube frosting with a small round tip to pipe in the pupils. Position the eyes on the cupcake above the cookie mouth.

Elmo Cupcakes

Use the orange tube frosting with a large round tip to pipe in the nose. Complete the rest of the Elmo cupcakes in the same technique.

Elmo Cupcakes

Notes

  • Use your favorite flavor cupcakes. We recommend a red velvet or chocolate cupcake recipe from our previous blog posts. Bake them in red cupcake papers or Elmo-themed liners.
  • We used CK brand tub of red frosting since the Wilton brand has been discontinued. The latter yields a more vibrant and brighter red color. Pre-made frostings are not the best tasting but they are convenient for decorating a big batch of baked goods in color.
  • Substitute blue frosting, eliminate the orange nose and mix up the eyeballs to make Cookie Monster cupcakes. We used a “star” instead of “grass” tip to make a similar version of Cookie Monster cupcakes on November 2, which is Cookie Monster’s birthday.
  • For a baking challenge, make Elmo macarons for his birthday! Check out our MacAttack post for decorating techniques.
  • See more Elmo cake and cupcake decorating ideas on the Elmo Cake website.

Elmo Macarons

Elmo Macarons

February 3: Elmo’s Birthday

Islander LOVES Elmo!!! She just can’t resist the Sesame Street star with the bright red fur and big eyes, nose and smile. He exudes energy, optimism, cheer and playfulness—all of which are positive qualities that we need more of, not just in “Elmo’s World” but in ours. Islander has an accumulation of toys, clothing, cups and party decorations (gifts from Highlander, family, friends and even herself!) that rivals any kid’s collection.

In honor of Elmo on his birthday, Islander gave macarons a makeover by piping on his famous facial features to add a peppy personality to the petite French cookies. Elmo is her muse and the inspiration behind the dessert decorations. Pictured below in the visual tutorials are a variety of her beloved Elmo “models” who joined her in our kitchen while making macarons. Happy birthday, Elmo!

 

Listen to Elmo’s Song.

 

Recipe

For the basic macarons (Italian meringue method)

  • 1 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 egg whites (fresh, unpasteurized and aged overnight at room temperature)
  • ½ cup sugar, granulated white
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red food coloring

Directions

Sift the almond flour/meal with the powdered sugar. Grind in a food processor in batches to remove any lumps (optional). Whip the egg whites until peaks form. Make a simple syrup to stabilize the egg whites by boiling the sugar and water together until it reaches a temperature of 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer (or until it reaches a soft ball stage). Pour into the egg whites and whip again until stiff and glossy.

Elmo Macarons

Fold in the almond flour/meal-sugar mix until the consistency “flows like magma.” Mix in the vanilla flavoring. Tint the macaronage with red food coloring. (We used a combination of red liquid drops and red concentrated gel icing color but recommend the latter for a more vibrant hue and less liquid in the macaronage.) Pipe one-inch discs on a parchment paper on top of an insulated baking sheet.

Elmo Macarons

Let the discs air dry to develop a thin skin for at least 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees F for about 15 minutes. Watch the “feet” develop, but be careful not to brown or burn the macarons. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Peel off the macarons from the parchment paper. Sort by size and match pairs.  Make the filling.

Elmo Macarons

 

For the chocolate ganache filling

(Adapted from Baker’s Chocolate)

  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate squares (we used Baker’s brand)

Directions

In a saucepan, heat the whipping cream on medium-low heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the chocolate squares. Pour the cream into the melted chocolate. Stir until well combined. Let cool to thicken. Whip the chocolate ganache until it reaches a spreadable consistency.

Elmo Macarons

Fill a pastry bag with a large round tip. Pipe in the filling and sandwich the macarons together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the filling set.

Elmo Macarons

 

For Elmo’s face decorations

  • 1 tube white frosting (for the eyes)
  • mini chocolate chips (for the pupils)
  • 1 tube orange frosting (for the nose)

Directions

Pipe two small rounds (eyeballs) with the white tube frosting near the edge of a macaron. Add the mini chocolate chips (pupils) on the point of the white icing of the eyes.

Elmo Macarons

Complete the facial features by piping in a small round (nose) with the orange tube frosting. Let the orange frosting dry for a few minutes before gently pressing down on any tips of the nose. Refrigerate the macarons to set. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Elmo Macarons

 

Notes

 

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