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Convert a Sheet Pan cake into a crib using buttercream-icing-covered dowel rods. Decorate the crib with fondant posies before ?tucking in? a Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan teddy bear cake.
Makes: Cake serves 68.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

In advance, use cutters from flower making set to make all flowers in rose, yellow, blue fondant. Divide 1/2 pk. of fondant in thirds and tint. Make 60 pansies (20 in each color), 144 apple blossoms (48 in each color) and 144 forget-me-nots (48 in each color). Position flowers on foam and use rounded end of wooden stick from set to indent centers. Let dry; add tip 3 white dot centers. Set aside.

Step 2

Bake and cool bear cake following instructions. Trim arms off bear cake. Ice inside ears and bottom of feet smooth with spatula. Pipe tip 3 eyes, nose and mouth (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Cover bear with tip 16 stars. Ice 2-layer sheet cake smooth on 13 x 19 in. cake board (support with dowel rods). Position bear on cake. Cut a 12 x 9 in. piece of fondant for blanket; tuck and drape in front of bear. Pipe tip 12 arms holding blanket; cover arms with tip 16 stars. Using buttercream, pipe row of rose, blue and yellow tip 362 stars on blanket; add tip 1 zigzag lines between stars. Randomly pipe tip 3 bead hearts on sheet cake.

Step 3

To make crib: Using serrated knife, cut plastic dowel rods--16 pieces 8 in. long, 2 pieces 10 in. long, 4 pieces 7 1/4 in. long. Attach 8 in. rods to sides of cake with buttercream, approximately 2 1/4 in. apart. Glue two 7 1/4 in. rods together for each long side of top railing; attach 10 inch rods for short sides of top railings. Roll fondant into rope and wrap around corners and middle of side railings. Using craft knife, cut holes in one end of to rail to line up with vertical railing for mobile.

Step 4

To make mobile: Use smallest bear from cutter set and brown fondant to cut 8 bears. Cut 4 ribbon strips 2 1/2 inches each. Place 1 bear face down; position ribbon on top; lightly brush second bear with water and press on top of first bear and ribbon. Repeat process for remaining 3 bears. Let dry. Pipe tip 1 diapers and facial features on bears. Use craft knife to cut 5 holes (1 in center bottom and 4 around sides) in large gumball. Cut 4 wooden dowel rods 3 inches long; cover with white florist tape; glue into side holes of large gumball with hot glue. Insert 12 in. wooden dowel rod into bottom hole of gumball and wrap with white florist tape; push into cake. Use hot glue to attach small gumballs to ends of 3 in. dowel rods and to attach bears on ribbons to small gumballs.

Step 5

Roll out 3/8 in. diameter rope of fondant and wrap around bottom edge of railings. Randomly attach flowers.

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Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Rose Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Brown Icing Color

Black Icing Color

Black Icing Color

3/4 inch gumballs

4 3/4 inch gumballs

1/2 inch gumballs

4 1/2 inch gumballs

cornstarch

cornstarch

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9 x 13 x 2 in. Sheet Pan

9 x 13 x 2 in. Sheet Pan

13 x 19 in. Cake Board

3 13 x 19 in. Cake Board

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

8 in. Straight Spatula

8 in. Straight Spatula

White floral tape

White floral tape

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Gun

Sharp craft knife

Sharp craft knife

Serrated knife

Serrated knife

Ruler

Ruler

Craft block

Craft block

1/8 in. wide satin ribbon

1/8 in. wide satin ribbon ((10 inches needed))

Form squares

Form squares

About half the size of a dime, Forget-Me-Nots can be grouped on cake tops or used to accent smaller treats like petits fours. They grow naturally in blue, pink and white.

The vibrant pansy features petals in complementary colors and a distinctive loop center. Pansies can be found in a wide variety of colors, including all yellow or all dark blue, white or purple petals with yellow centers.

This 5-petal springtime flower, most commonly seen in white or soft pink, is virtually the same petal shape as the wild rose, but uses a smaller tip creating a petite flower. The dot stamen are typically positioned like the holes in a 5-hole button. Dry them on flower formers for a more natural look.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from This project is really a cute idea for a baby shower BUT the size of the cakes are a little overkill for the average baby shower. It feeds around 65 +/- people. We adapted the project and made a playpen on grass and used a 10" square cake pan with the mini 3D bear. Also, we added tiny baby candy pieces from Wilton candy molds and used fondant and gumpaste to make other decorations instead of royal icing. The time this project takes is rather lengthy but was accomplished with two people easily! A really fun project for those who have a crafts background along with cake decorating experience, candy making, and fondant and gumpaste.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my cousins baby shower. It was a large crowd, so the size of this cake was perfect. I had some trouble with the mobile, I ended up using balls of fondant instead of the gumballs. It was definitely a two person task, especially when it came to putting the plastic dowels for the crib rails on. I'm somewhat of a beginner when it comes to cake decorating and this was my first cake disaster. Make sure you put enough wooden dowel supports thru the teddy bear cake. I learned the hard way and had mine fall off the cake. In the end, it did come out great and everyone loved it!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from While this cake is really not all that difficult, it is time consuming. However it's more than well worth the investment in time. I offered to make the cake for a group baby shower and made this teddy bear cake - I put a diaper on the bear (an idea I got from the box). I thought people would like it but was not prepared for the level of oohs and aahs! People are STILL talking about it - and the mother-to-be could not bear (excuse the pun) to cut into the bear - it's resting comfortably (I hope) in her freezer to be enjoyed upon the arrival of the baby.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I felt a little ambitious taking on this cake for my sister's baby shower but it was a hit. I'm not a fan of fondant so I simply left out the blanket and used some of the wilton babyshower favors (rattle and bottle) and I just made buttercream flowers. Her shower was a surprise and unexpectedly she found out she had to tour the hospital that day so I did have to put the cake together ahead of time due to a time constraint. My father and brother were left to deliver the cake and things went just fine!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am no cake expert. Just a hobby decorator. I made this cake for grandsons first Birthday. I made the crib rails with fondant. I rolled them out about 1/4" thick, and cut each one size. Day of assembly, it was rather eazy to put together. A little gum paste glue helped greatly. I made a little party hat out of fondant putting the #1 on the hat, On the bears head. It was very cute, everyone loved the cake, and many asked how it was done... (I will never tell LOL) Thank you wilton..
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I did a version of this cake for a Baby Shower on May 7 as a center piece. Instead of the dowels for the crib, I made the crib using gumpaste from a template. I also added a baby (made with gumpaste) under a blanket. Everyone at the party loved the cake, it was a true Kodak moment. Note: the recipe and instructions for this cake uses the large 3D bear pan and full sheet cake. I modified it using the small 3D bear and shaped the cake to fit inside my crib template.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was my first 3D cake for a baby shower. had problems with the dowel construction and making holes in the gumballs but in the end everything came out great. Did some moderation eg. blue & white bear w/chocolate pacifier in mouth, white blanket w/ blue fringe around the edge deco. w/lemon and blue flowers. Instead of flowers for borders I use chocolate molded baby accessories. Advise always for all instructions given to the letter whether for pans or assembling cake.
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Date published: 2011-05-12
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