Some of the themes over the years were: teddy bears, pirates, nursery rhymes, Kideo (a South African children's TV programme), all the children of the world, faces, chess and sports.
You could use this cake for a teddy bears' picnic party. Alternatively, if you're having a hee-uge party, you could make three different sized bear cakes to represent the three bears for a fairy tales party.
You will need:
2 round cakes, one slightly larger than the other (recipe below) for the body and head
6 cupcakes for the ears, 'hands' and feet - you can either bake or buy these
Butter icing (recipe below)
A large silver board/tray to place the cake on - a tray, covered in tin foil works just fine
Liquorice all-sorts or similar to make the face
If you're baking the cupcakes yourself, increase the cake recipe by half to allow enough mixture. They won't need to bake as long as they bigger cakes, so keep an eye on them!
225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
225g plain flour
10ml baking powder
5ml vanilla extract
375g butter, softened
750g icing sugar
Little milk for mixing
Few drops of colouring
- Cream the butter and sugar together until thick, light and creamy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and fold in with the vanilla extract.
- Spoon into two greased baking tins: a one-litre and a 1.5 litre sized tin.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
- Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
- Cream the butter for the icing well.
- Sift the icing sugar and add it gradually, beating well after each addition.
- Add just a little milkk to give it a smooth consistency.
- Stir in enough colouring to get an even tint in the colour of your choice.
- Set aside until needed.
- Position the cupcakes as appropriate for the ears, hands and feet. You may need to trim edges in order for them to sit snugly.
- Spread an even coating of icing over the whole cake. If you want to achieve a furry effect, dip a paintbrush in water and make long downward strokes in the icing.
- Use sweets to form facial features (and toe and finger pads, if you like).
- Cover the join between head and body with a bow.