While your friends and family members will remember that cake a lot more clearly than your one-year old, you can still create a fun birthday cake to commemorate the occasion. Your one-year old will recognise a cheerful bear cub on the cake. Take the theme further, and throw an animal-themed birthday party, passing out animal masks to the guests.
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Simple Bear Face
This cake is easy to make and decorate, so even novice cake decorators can have success. Bake an 8-inch round cake and six cupcakes (though you'll only use three). When the cake is cool, place the round cake on a large platter, and then cover it with brown icing (or white for a polar bear). Pull the liners off the cupcakes, and frost the cupcakes in the same manner. Place two cupcakes near the top of the round at the 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock positions to serve as teddy bear ears. Place the third cupcake just slightly below the centre of the cake round; this will be your snout. Draw eyes, a nose and mouth with icing, or use candy. Place two sandwich cookies on the ears for a two-toned effect, use purple gumdrops for eyes and a nose and draw a mouth of black or red liquorice rope.
Full Body Bear
If the simple bear cake is too small, you can make a full-bodied teddy bear out of six cupcakes, one 6-inch round cake and one 8-inch round cake. Cover a piece of cardboard with aluminium foil; this will be your cake stand. After baking the cakes, place the rounds together to form a figure 8. Then, place two cupcakes for the ears at the top of the 6-inch cake. Place two more at the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions on the 8-inch cake and the last two at 8 o’clock and 4 o'clock. Decorate in the same manner as the simple bear face. For a textured effect, pipe frosting on with a pastry bag, touching the bag to the cake and pulling it up to create pointy frosting fur.
For a three-dimensional bear cake, order a bear cake mould online before the big day. Bear cake moulds come with a front and back so that you can create a fully round teddy bear cake. Round cakes will be more difficult to frost, especially since you'll want to frost the halves together and then decorate with the cake assembled. Let the mould guide you when decorating. If your teddy bear wears a T-shirt or other clothes, use different coloured frosting to showcase the design.
If you're good at drawing in icing, create a fun landscape on a sheet cake. Make a rectangle cake with one or two layers. Draw teddy bears on the cake in icing. You can have several bears or one teddy bear relaxing by a frosting-blue lake. Let your imagination go. If you need a large sheet cake but have no drawing skills, purchase a tub of chocolate fondant. Roll the fondant out with a rolling pin, and then cut out teddy bears using cookies cutters. Add sprinkles or sanding sugar to the surface of the cake for extra colour.
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