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Elf on a shelf…sort of

Elf on a shelf…sort of



If a cake stand is a shelf, then, ta-da!  Poof – a Christmas elf on a shelf! (Always watching)

There is a current unicorn cake craze (don’t get me started) that uses single tiered cakes, implied closed eyes and simple decorations to create the essence of a character.  I thought, why not use this for an Christmas Elf for the holidays?

When I shared this cake on Facebook, there was a lot of reaction to it, and requests to make it.  I figured that NOW would be a great time to do my first time lapse video.  Ahem. (Note to self, rushing through ones first time lapse video is not recommended!)

So… please take this video with a grain of salt, and try not to fall off the learning curve that I’m on, and enjoy this quickie demonstration on how a Christmas Elf cake can be made.  It is a very simple cake design, great for a beginner and totally timely!

You’ll want to start with either a crusted buttercream covered cake, or a cake already covered in the fondant color of your choice.  I paneled the sides with a pinky color and the top with green to match the hat color.  I suggest doing the top in the hat color already so you don’t have to cover the top twice. I am working with a cake dummy in this video, but it will work the same with a real cake, of any size.

Here are my two little guys…original and 2.0!

If you are interested in the products I use most, some of which I use in this video, you can purchase them here.  ​This is a new resource from Amazon, allowing artists to show you the products they use, and if you end up purchasing them, it supports the small business.  I will never post anything in my Amazon shop that I do not use myself!

Happy Holidays!

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2 thoughts on “Elf on a shelf…sort of”

  • How did you do the red at the bottom of the elf? My daughter wants the elf cake (unicorn inspired). Her party is tmw and I’m trying to figure out how to do that

    Thank you

    • I’m so sorry that I did not see this reply until today – I hope that you had a great party, and I would love to see pictures of YOUR cake! The red at the bottom is just fondant rolled thin and ruffled with a ball tool and placed around the bottom.

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