I just can't believe four years have passed since my youngest was born. Time flies by as we watch him grow and change and become even sweeter every day. I think the "baby" of the family probably touches every mother's heart in a different way, so when he requested a "doobie cake" (teddy bear) I just had to comply even though I'm really not much of a baker or a cake decorator. I always go for simple good-tasting cakes and decorations that make a statement without too much time investment. So honestly, a teddy bear cake, even one baked in a teddy bear shaped pan is a little beyond my realm, but I had to give it a go for my baby.
I really didn't know what I would do, but armed with some parve whip, some black licorice, some round chocolate m&m type candies and sprinkles I got to work. Sitting on it's own on the tray, the cake looked a bit funny, but with the addition of some paper balloon cut outs and a crown, I was really happy with the result. And best of all, my son was literally speachless when my husband brought the cake to his class for the school party.
Icing the cake, decorating it and taking this picture took around 1 1/2 hours. The licorice was cut into thin strips for the paw and ear details. The eyes were made from round sugar-free candies with another chocolate candy pasted on top with the icing. In case you're wondering about the cake I used as presents for the bear to sit on, well there was another cake that broke apart when I turned it upside down to take it out of it's pan, so I used some of those pieces here!
Have fun creating for your children the cakes of their dreams, and don't worry, their dreams are not nearly as perfect or complicated as yours are! Whatever the result your child will be happy knowing that his mother made a cake specially for him!