Crawling with Gifts! Cake
Arrange crisped rice cereal treat packages wrapped in melted candy and white ribbons around a party-hat-wearing birthday celebrant, shaped from a Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan cake.
Cake serves 12; each gift serves 1.
Prepare cereal treat recipes; press into 2 square pans, 1 3/4 in. high. Unmold and cut into eight 3 1/2 in. squares for gifts; reserve excess treats to use for hands.
Bake and cool bear cake using firm-textured batter such as pound cake. Trim off ears, muzzle and arms.
For arms, cut dowel rods to 4 in. long; insert at shoulder level. Using reserved cereal treats, form hands at ends of dowel rods and insert.
Lightly ice face area and mark facial features with toothpick. Outline and pipe in mouth, tongue and eyes with tip 3. Build up nose, fingers and toes with tip 5.
Cover face, body, arms, legs and overalls with tip 16 stars. Outline and pipe in 1 in. diameter buttons with tip 3 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Overpipe rim and add dot buttonholes with tip 3. For party hat, cut sugar cone to 3 in. high and ice smooth.
Attach on head with dots of icing. Add tip 16 pull-out star pompom and brim. Pipe tip 3 number.
Using candy colors, tint portions of melted white candy pink, green, violet, blue and yellow.
Cover cereal treat gifts with melted candy; let set. Cut 24 in. ribbon to wrap around each gift; make bows using 36 in. ribbon; Attach with
Position gifts around baby.