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Teddy bear cake Beheaded!!!!

Poll Results: Have you had success with the Wilton Bear Stand Up Pan?

 
  • 75% (21)
    Yes
  • 10% (3)
    Sometimes
  • 14% (4)
    No
28 Total Votes  
post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to suggest a tip. When making your teddy bear cake with the Wilton Teddy Bear Stand Up Mold, make sure that your cake mix does not make a very moist cake! I tried a generic cake mix brand thinking it would be drier than my regular DH mix and it turned out too moist. I thought once it completely cooled I would be able to secure it with frosting and it might hold up better. I left the cake in a cool room and when I returned to check on it I noticed that the head fell off!!!! Surgery was not successful, the head ended up sinking to the base board splitting the rest of the bear shape. Luckily I made it the day before I needed it and had time to make a new cake and it turned out beautifully.
post #2 of 23
Oh my poor Teddy Bear cakes! I was helping my SIL make one for a baby shower. For some reason, the first cake never rose. It was so sad looking. Must have been a bad mix cause the next one turned out fine. I made one once too where I left the heating core in. As it sat there all iced, the weight of the icing caused one of the feet to break off! I had to perform minor surgery with toothpicks.
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post #3 of 23
My first one, I filled it too full and it ran up and out all over the place, it was red velvet cake so it looked really bad...the only good thing, I had put it on a cookie sheet to bake!

The second one ran over just a little, but it came out well, and I had baked DH with only one pkg. Dream Whip, 1/3 c oil, and one extra egg added.

This was for my 8 yr old grandson for Valentine's Day and I forgot to take a photo and can't get my son to email one to me or it would be in the gallery!

Janice
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Janice - I totally forgot to put that in my first message. Put a baking sheet under the bear. Its in the directions but I guess I was too excited the first time that I made one that I missed that part. LOL The cake turned out awesome, but the clean up was not!!.

Also, if anyone has any tips on cooking inside the baking core that would help. After much practice, the cakes are evenly baked but the batter inside the core doesnt cook right. I end up leaving a big hole in the bear.

Anyone have any luck putting filling inside the bear?
post #5 of 23
CakesbyKimmie

What cake recipe did you end of using when the bear came out fine?
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
The first time I used Betty Crocker Chocolate and yellow swirled together.

Then I used Aldi's yellow cake mix for another one and that came out, although I was soooooooo nervous because it was moist and I thought the head was gonna fall off. I think the frosting glued it together and held it on.

The third one I used the Aldi's chocolate and the head did fall off. (I should have learned my lesson although the cake tasted yummy. So I just use that brand for my round cakes.)

The last cake was a Duncan Hines Yellow which filled out nicely and was stable.

Also, I used to use milk instead of water to make my cakes moist, but with the Teddy Bear found that water works better.
post #7 of 23
Do you think a flower nail would work instead of the core? I guess they may be too short to stand up in the mold...what about those nails we used to use to bake potatoes, I'll bet that would work, I wonder where mine are...! It is obvious that the bear has to have some help baking thoroughly, and maybe it needs to be a more dense type of cake batter. Once it is baked, maybe put a dowel up through it from the bottom to prevent the head from falling off! Janice

I just remembered. With the second bear, I loosened him from the mold completely, but then put him back into the back piece to let him cool, maybe that helped him keep his head! I use DH mixes!
post #8 of 23
I think some people actually cut the head off and then put a plate under it and dowel the body of the bear to keep it on. I didn't realize it was necessary, but maybe so?
post #9 of 23
I finally got the photos of the Valentine Teddy Bear that I made for my grandson and posted them just now.

When I make another one, I will be V E R Y careful with his head! Janice
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by veejaytx

I finally got the photos of the Valentine Teddy Bear that I made for my grandson and posted them just now.

When I make another one, I will be V E R Y careful with his head! Janice




That was such a cute teddy bear!!! You did an awesome job!!!

Is that the pan that makes one mini stand up bear?
I need to get that one.

Have you evey used the one that makes 6 bears? I heard it was hard to get them out of the pan. I may invest in that one too.
post #11 of 23
I actually tried my hand at this teddy bear cake last week. It was quite a thing to tackle since it was my 3rd cake to do and I am still in Wilton class I (graduating SAT.) I thought it turned out ok though and I used a pound cake mix and a generic cake mix-mixed together. I used the left over batter to make a 8 in layer cake for practicing roses and decorating. I used the baking core in the bear and it turned out fine. I had no problem with it wanting to fall apart.
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post #12 of 23
I also cooled it upside down for 10-15 min then removed the clips opened up the front long enough
for the steam to excape, then turned it over and did the same with the back. Put the pan back together and let it completely cool.
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post #13 of 23
Thank you, I think he is cute, but he isn't exactly easy to bake or to decorate! This is the mini stand-up bear, I haven't gotten the "cupcake" size...not too sure I want it if it is hard to manage!

I just this minute realized you were baking the larger version of this stand up bear...good grief, this little one is hard enough to deal with, I can just imagine trying to keep the head on the bigger one!
The only other thing I can think of that might help is leaving him in half of the pan, maybe switching sides partway, while he cools, might help him hold together, and I would definitely put a dowell from his head down through to the base just for insurance! Janice

I have the large character pan called Huggable Bear, (he is flat) but haven't used it myself. I've been collecting pans, mostly from eBay.
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Janice, I am soo with you on the ebay thing. It seems like I am collecting pans too! I have the urge to bake but not enough hours in the day.
My mom has actually found some awesome pans for me at estate sales and such. That huggable bear pan sounds cool. Maybe less work? Works for me : P

And yes, the big bear is challenging. I love this pan because the bear comes out soo cute! It is definitly a lot of work but in the end is worth it.


NEWTODECORATING, Thank you for the cooling tips. I always did what the directions said and think that it was just the density of the cake mix that made the head fall off. Not enough support. I will have to experiement with the Aldi cake mix and cooling methods.


I have a bake sale coming up soon for work and am going to make another bear. I am also gonna see if I can get the mini stand up bear. He looked adorable.

Do you know what other tips I can use for the fur? I have just been using the star tip. It comes out cute but is a lot of work.

Below is a pic of my first bear for my sister's bday.
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post #15 of 23
Kimmie...your teddy is so adorable holding his balloon! I've seen teddies done with the fur tip but I think that would be just as time consuming as doing stars. I also saw a teddy that was done with a tip 21...it looked really good and would probably take less time than the smaller star tips.
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