Honey Bear Cake
Brown Icing Color or chocolate buttercream icing
Chocolate Buttercream Icing if not using brown icing color
Cake serves 12.
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.
Make 3 1/2 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1 1/4 cup dark brown
Tint 1/3 cups brown
Tint 2/3 cups light brown
Reserve 1 1/4 cups white
Tint 1/2 cup pipe gel yellow (for honey)
Decorate in Order
Use tip 4 and dark brown icing to outline ears, eyes, nose, cleft in lip, mouth, around nose and mouth area, chin bottom of paws, paws, stomach, jar and mouth of jar.
Use tip 18 and dark brown icing to cover ears, paws, around eyes, nose and pads on paws.
Use tip 4 and brown icing to cover jar with zigzags.
Use tip 18 and light brown icing top pipe in pupils, inside ears, around mouth and nose area, bottom of paws and stomach with stars.
Use tip 18 and white icing to cover head, body and sides with stars.
Use tip 2 and white icing to print message.
Use tip 4 and yellow piping gel to pipe honey in jar.
Preheat oven to 350 For temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.
Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour, or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).
Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.
Bake cake on middle rack of 350 F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.
Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking. To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.
To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.
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