As I began this project, I viewed it as a delicate sculpture instead of a cake. There was a lot of thinking involved — specifically on how to execute — and some sketching of course. I'll walk you through the process in pictures.
The prep work. I made the cakes and fondant the night before. I like the baked cake to sit overnight so it's completely cooled, and one step is out of the way.
Carving the body
Base covered in fondant
This is where I left the bear when I went to bed...
Made a few accessories to dry overnight...
And left the kitchen like this. The unexciting part of decorating is cleaning the aftermath. BTW, I use canned frosting to act as a bond between the cake and fondant. I could make my own icing, but I found it best to devote more time to the cake than making icing. Plus Duncan Hines is a pro at it.
The teddy's blanky. I use food coloring mixed with water and a paintbrush.
I find it funny that the fondant is rather lumpy. As someone pointed out to me at the party, it helps it look like a stuffed bear. I'm sticking with that one.
Alexis' mess cake
I had quite a bit of leftover cake from all the carving, so I made cake balls. I added the rest of the icing to the cake, mixed it together, rolled it into balls and dipped them in white chocolate. Voila!
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