December is officially here. Which means that the Christmas season has started!!! But also, it’s time for your Elf on the Shelf. It’s easy to come up with fun ideas for your little toy maker at the beginning of the month, but once the clever toilet-bowl-fishing-for-goldfish turns into the mediocre comfortably-sitting-on-the-nightstand, it’s time for something fresh. And here it is.
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But more than that, your elf has not only climbed on your cake, he’s meddled with it, too. Meet Elfis Presley, the elf who was sELFish enough to destroy my work of art.
He’s actually gone and done something kind of cool…stay tuned.
So you can get as creative as you want with this, but here was how I planned it out. The night before Elfis’ tampering, my nonexistent children and I baked a Christmas cake that we planned on decorating the following day. We frosted the entire thing in white frosting for a blank canvas. It was smoothed to perfection and ready to go.
Elfis found the cake. Being the North Pole elf that he is, a thick layer of frosting served him as a white sheet of snow. It was a winter wonderland for our little friend, and only a short time after, our perfect (kind of) frosting became a snowman.
How clever, right?
Now you can have him sitting proud next to his prized possession, or you can send karma his way. Inevitably, I chose karma.
That’s right. No crime goes unpunished.
As you can see, I had way too much fun with this project. But the cool part is, you get to spend some quality time with your kids, AND there’s a delicious cake that goes along with it.
So without further ado, let’s get started.
What you’ll need:
- white frosted sheet cake
- white fondant (click for marshmallow fondant recipe)
- white sprinkles (optional)
- coconut flakes (optional)
- snowman head decor (black icing, top hat, carrot nose, etc.)
- an Elf on the Shelf
Once your cake is baked, frost all the edges, but make sure the top of the cake has a nice, thick layer of frosting so your mischievous elf has some depth to work with.
Now take your fondant and form the snowman balls (his body). If you have any leftover, make a small ball with that as well.
Determine the ideal placement for your snowman and keep that spot empty. Now take your coconut flakes and sprinkle out a path to imitate where your elf rolled his balls (for the snowman). Cover the same area with sprinkles. Now take the ball you rolled with the extra fondant and roll it across the sprinkled path, pressing down gently to create pretend snow tunnels (if you don’t have any extra fondant, you can just use the snowman’s head). If you don’t want to use the coconut and sprinkles, you can gently press down on the frosting instead, but the sprinkles definitely make it a bit more Christmas-cheery. Have the tunnels lead right to Frosty.
(I tried my best to get a picture of this, but it just wasn’t working out…you might need to use your imagination).
Next, if you so desire, cover your fondant balls with frosting. It makes it seem a little more authentic when the snowman matches the frosting, but this is totally optional. And again, if you added the sprinkles and coconut flakes to the cake, add them to the snowman as well. I was in a time crunch, so I chose to leave the fondant as fondant.
Then, decorate your snowman! I went pretty simple, using only buttons, eyes, a mouth, and a carrot nose, but you can go all out if you want. Scarves, hats, tails, biceps…
Now unless you want to spend three hours spot cleaning your elf, this next step is very important. Allow all of the frosting to harden so that when you set your elf on top of it, he doesn’t get covered in sugary goodness. If it’s hard and ready to go, GENTLY place your elf onto the frosting, and GENTLY place your snowman head onto his back.
*Notice how I turned his head to the side so your kids know he’s still alive. It’s Christmas people, be nice to their spirits.
The last part is to build your snowman (the bottom and middle). If they’re not sticking well, use a little bit of fresh frosting as the “glue” between the two snowballs.
And VOILA! An amazing Christmas work of art that your kids will no doubt get a kick out of. And the best part? They won’t be allowed to touch it (per Elf on the Shelf rules of magic).
I hope this helped your EOTS brain fart, and if you have any other cool EOTS ideas, I would love to see them!