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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.
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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

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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. They can be multi-colored or all one color. Add multi-tones using a striped bag or by painting in colors at the flower's center or at the petal edge with a fine brush dipped in a small amount of lemon extract tinted with icing color.

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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Off to Dreamland Cake is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this design. I?ve been baking for many years, made shortcuts and I think this cake decreased to medium/advanced level. It was the hit of the baby shower and was posted on social media immediately. This crib is about the same size as the as a very large (patriotic) popular doll line. I found in the big ?W? box store an inexpensive generic white plastic crib and cut the cake to fit. I unsnapped one long side and the adjoining end corners but NOT the entire crib ends. With three sides remaining the crib could still firmly stand. This enabled me to slide the cake in/out. I assembled it on site and completed it by leaning the detached side of the crib directly on cake board against the crib so it looked as if the side was in the ?down? position. Using 2? wide ribbon as the ?crib bumper?, I threaded it through the rungs on all sides and tied it closed in the back. It held the detached side in place perfectly. That was my display stand. I did a full size blanket with fondant. I draped it generously over the ?mattress? to the edges of the crib and covered only one paw. To decorate I used a Springerle Cookie rolling pin and painted the embossing with Wilton paste food coloring diluted with clear vanilla. It was BEAUTIFUL and only took 20 mins total. It was a shower for a boy & Dad didn?t want the cake to look too flowery so I used gummy bears around the crib. I made the mobile by cutting a white hanger, skinny dowels, white duct tape and gummy bears which I attached by using a needle and invisible thread. I affixed it to the crib using fondant and white duct tape. Note: As per instructions, I still used 3 cake boards for the cake but to support the plastic bottom of the crib; which was very flexible, I used a leftover piece of board. I folded it accordion style for support, stood it on its side and trimmed it to fit snugly under the entire length of the crib bottom with the white side-facing front. I hope these ideas help and this was so much fun to make, everyone loved it, so I hope I get more orders for this.
Date published: 2015-08-31
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..
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made this cake for a baby shower and the recipient loved it. I found it difficult to put the plastic dowel-rods together to make the frame of the crib. I ended up purchasing different sized styrofoam balls to insert the dowel-rodls, then covered them with Fondant to get the stability and the right look. I also used the styrofoam for the mobile instead of gum balls, which also worked well.
Date published: 2011-08-20
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