I did a dry run yesterday because I've never used this pan before, wasn't sure how I want to pipe him and have wanted to try a scratch cake...
Here are my problems, if you have any suggestions i'd greatly appreciate it!
... The cake: I used this cake http://cakecentral.com/recipe/classic-yellow-cake from the recipe section. The flavor is great ,but it's a pretty heavy cake that seems on the dry side. I like the flavor because it balances the sweetness of the icing SO much better than the box cakes I've been using! Would a simple syrup help the dryness? I'm planning to torte and fill Elmo so I think that will break up the denseness.
... My frosting! ARGH! I made the same exact buttercream I make EVERYTIME! It's like the Wilton class recipe but I use coffee creamer for the liquid, usually I use the powdered creamer mixed w/ boiling water, yesterday I used the liquid creamer heated. After the cake sat, covered in my cake carrier overnight I cut a piece this morning and the icing just broke off. It's taken crusting buttercream to a new level! All I did was pipe onto Elmo's face w/ a grass tip, and some w/ a star trying to figure out which way I like and I'm wondering if I messed up my frosting? or is it the humidity since my A/C in the kitchen went bad Saturday morning? Or is it because I didn't cover Elmo in a layer of frosting first?