During the 2008 holiday season, Build-A-Bear partnered with Williams Sonoma to produce a 3-D teddy-bear cake pan that makes two halves of a stand-up bear. Bakers can purchase the pan and separate decorating kits to make Build-A-Bear's suggested bear designs. With the kits, bakers can follow directions to create a princess bear, a soccer player or a Santa bear, or they can choose to customise their own bears after they bake the cakes.
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Furry Brown Bear
Join the bear halves together with buttercream frosting (make sure the insides are cut smooth and flat). Chill the cake briefly, then use a flat spatula to spread brown-coloured buttercream evenly and smoothly over the surfaces of the cake. Then tint shreds of sweetened coconut with brown food colouring by shaking coconut in a sandwich bag with a few drops of colouring. Let the coconut shreds dry, then sprinkle them evenly over the cake. Using black frosting, a thin round decorating tip and a pastry bag, add facial detailing to the bear. Add clothing with an alternate colour of buttercream or fondant.
With white buttercream and black accents, make a polar bear. Use a flat spatula to spread a thin layer of white buttercream on the cake, then use a thick star tip and a pastry bag to pipe small buttercream stars all over the cake in a fur pattern. Finish by using a thin round decorating tip, a pastry bag and black frosting to add eyes, a nose, a mouth and ears. Serve the polar bear on a surface of blue cling film that is scrunched together to resemble waves and ice.
With its bearlike face and padded paws, a raccoon is a simple alternative with this cake pan. To do it, bake the cake as usual and join the two halves together. Ice with a base layer of grey buttercream frosting. Use a flat spatula and black buttercream to make a "mask" pattern by the animal's eyes, and create two black dots in the ears. Fill in the surrounding areas with white buttercream. To finish, create a furry texture on the cake with grey buttercream, a pastry bag and an open-hole decorating tip.
Using brown buttercream, a pastry bag and a round tip, pipe eyes and paws onto the lion, and fill in brown dots on the ears. Thicken the layer of golden frosting on the rest of the cake, and create a mane for a lion by using extended pipes of a star tip and dark-orange frosting.
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