Baking your own teddy bear cake can be very simple. There are a couple of cake designs on this page with pictures and step-by-step instructions that will guide you along the way.
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Teddy Bear cake submitted by Jacqueline G. from San Antonio, TX
This cake was made with a Build a Bear cake pan. You can find it on the Internet (eBay, amazon, etc.).
The pan has the right and left side separate, so to stick both parts of the cake together I used buttercream and put three wooden dowels. The first times I made it broke and felt apart but after some time I made it stay. But you can put any type of feeling you like.
The pan says that once you stick both sides together you have to put the cake back in the pan and then put it on the fridge. But every time I did that the cake broke. So I put the buttercream and dowels, wrapped the cake with plastic wrap (not so tight they cake breaks or it leaves the marks), and left the cake on the fridge for about an hour, without the pan.
All the times I have made this cake, the ears fall off! If they fall off, you can stick them with buttercream and put toothpick so they won't fall, that is what I do.
You can use your favorite cake mix, or you can make it like I did one side one flavor and the other side another. One side of the cake was vanilla and the other side was chocolate. I frost it first with chocolate buttercream and then piped "the hair" with the same chocolate buttercream and a star tip (number 21).
You can buy the template to make their clothing but I decided to make my own. The dress was made out of white fondant, with blue polka dots. I recommend to put the clothing first and then pipe it, because once it is piped it would be very difficult to put the clothing.
The ribbon was made out of blue fondant/gum paste. Her eyes, nose, mouth, and footprints were made out of black fondant. You would want to put the cake on a thick cake board; because once it is finished it is heavy.
Once you get the hang of it, it is a very fun and pretty cake to make.
Teddy Bear cake submitted by S. F. from Perth, Australia
The secret to this cake is to only make some of the actual structure as a cake. The rest is made from a combination of marshmallows and rice bubbles (Rice Krispies).
Melt approximately 250g of marshmallows with 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter. Combine 6 cups of rice bubbles with marshmallow mixture.
When it has cooled, slightly form into the shape of a head, ears, arms and legs. (It is important these are in proportion and you insert toothpicks in the appendages for attachment later.)
Cook you favorite cake in two bowls (either pudding or mixing bowls). These will make the body so should be appropriate sizes. I made honey chocolate cake which was used as the body of the teddy bear.
Both the cake and the appendages can be carved to be more in proportion. Sandwich the two cooled bowl cakes together, cutting them so they sit flat together. Cut the bottom of one, so it is flat on the bottom for stability. Join them with butter icing and dowels, if necessary.
Cover the two joined cakes in a layer of icing to capture any crumbs. (Brush the cakes with a small brush before icing). Cover each appendage with an individual layer of icing before beginning assembly.
Assemble the teddy bear. Completely cover it with butter icing (with cocoa for color).
To do this, melt a small amount of butter, add 1 Tbsp of cocoa, and combine until smooth. Add to 1 or 2 cups of desiccated coconut to create the teddy bear 'fur'.
Sprinkle the coconut onto the entire cake. Decorate further with colored fondant for the ears, feet and nose. Cut circles of white fondant with soft licorice rolled flat to create eyes. Use a dot of colored icing sugar to finish off the eyes.
Put all together with dowels and toothpicks. The cake should resemble a fat little teddy bear decorated to your child's favorite color or style.