Friday, April 22, 2011

Care Bear Birthday Cake - Share Bear


I really wanted to make a Care Bear birthday cake for my daughters 3rd birthday, as I had bought a brand new Care Bears cake pan of Kijiji a year ago, right after my daugther's 2nd birthday! Of course I wanted to make Share Bear, as it is the purple Care Bear.

I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to pipe this Care Bear cake, as I never piped anything before, other than the Hello Kitty Cupcakes, in order to practice. I'm not very artistically inclined, so I figured doing anything with icing would be even harder than drawing with a pencil etc. However, thanks to my sister-in-laws amazing Frosting Recipe and my sister, who did not only assist me with making the icing the right colours and decorating the cake properly but also acted as the photographer, my first Care Bear cake turned out alright.

(c) Bkluge Photography. Thanks. :-)

I baked the Care Bear French Vanilla Cake two nights before and wrapped it tight, storing it in the fridge. It was still really fresh two days later. It was really important to intensly butter and flour the Care Bear cake pan, before filling it with the batter, as it's important that the cake does not stick to the pan, when removing it, so the outline is nice and visible.

Since I don't have a pretty cake platter, I created my own by using a piece of card board and wrapping it in aluminium foil.

(c) Bkluge Photography. Thanks. :-)

My sister and I started by mixing the proper colours for the icing. We used Wilton's Rainbow Food Colouring Gels, which my friend from Sweet and Lovely Crafts lent to me. It's great to use colouring gels, as the icing becomes a deeper colour. It took us a good hour to get the 10 different colours of icing the proper colours. Later on, we realized that there is actually a mistake in the amounts the instructions tells you to make - it reversed the amount of the icing that is used for the outline of the care bear with the amount of the filling of the care bear, so we had to think on our feet.

Once the white icing was on the Care Bear and the outlines were piped onto it, it was time for lots of stars. Some of the parts of the Care Bear, such as the Lollies, eyes, dots and hearts had to be smoothed over with the finger, for a "flat" look, which was easier than I thought it would be.




I think the shell bottom suprised me the most, as I really had no idea how to pipe it. I just tried my best and was so tired at 2:30 in the morning, after 5 hours of working on this birthday cake, that I was just happy to be done...well, almost done. I also piped "Happy 3rd Birthday, Olivia" beside Share Bear with a few stars beside it, as by that point, I had become quite the piper!

If anyone has this cake pan and needs the instructions, I can probably scan them for you. I have the instructions for Share Bear (purple), Good Luck Bear (green), Love-A-Lot Bear (pink) & Wish Bear (turquoise), just leave me a comment.


(c) Sweet and Lovely Crafts. Thanks. :-)

20 comments:

  1. wow...so so coooool
    wonderful cake job....congrats Drew
    Olivia must be proud of her crafty Daddy

    I bet the cake was delicious

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  2. Wow! This cake looks amazing!! 5 hours? Incredible!!

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  3. Umm...WoW!!! I am impressed ~great job!!! following from the blog hop...

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  4. I love that cake!

    I am following you from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? Susan's Family

    thank you :)

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  5. Great job on the cake!

    New follower from the blog hop...please follow me back!

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  6. love this! so cute.

    new follower,
    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  7. That's a really cute cake, and I know how hard you worked on it. I decorate cakes sometimes too, but do not attempt the ones with the piped stars. Back in the ancient days when I was 6 years old, my aunt made a Seasame Street cake like this for her son's first birthday party.

    Like you, it took her hours and she was ready to be done well before she finished. Many times she had to stop because her hand cramped. Needless to say, she never made one of those charater cakes again, even when her son was old enough to want one.

    Happy belated b-day to your daughter. I hope she had a great day!

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  8. I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely LOVE it- what a cute cake! Happy belated b-day to your daughter. I hope she enjoyed it :) I am now your newest follower and I hope you will follow me too!!! I look forward to reading your future blog posts :)
    http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com/

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  9. WOW!! Amazing!! I don't think I'd be able to make something like. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing at What's Cooking Thursdays!

    www.savingthosedollars.blogspot.com

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  10. what a great job!! and that design is not easy. I loved care bears when i was an 80s kid :) I'll be doing brobee from yo gabba gabba for my 4 yr old this weekend!

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  11. That turned out so cute! Sure it was a hit too!

    I would love for you to share this at my For the Kids link party! Stop on by and join the fun! I'd love to have you sharing your great ideas with my visitors! :)

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-9.html

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  12. This is adorable. I would love it if you could stop by Heck Fridays tomorrow (Thursday) and post it on our first link party!

    http://www.heckfridays.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you soon!!!

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  13. That cake looks amazing! I love the colors.
    Come on over and link up with Fun for Kids Friday. www.localfunforkids.com

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  14. We found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! We are your newest followers and would love for you to follow our blog!

    www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh, so cute. This reminds me of the cakes my mother used to make us when we were kids. And I remember when I mastered the times tables up to 12x12, she got me the whole set of hardback Care Bears books. Thanks for sharing - nostalgically sad and happy to see this :-)

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  16. Congrats on the Care Bear Cake! I've gotten into piped cakes in the last year or so. One tip that I can give you, is to actually cut the cake down so it is just the shape on the top (that way you don't have white frosting on the top - it makes for a really clean look.

    Also, I continue my stars all the way down the side - with whatever color i happen to be using, again it makes for a more "clean" look for the cake.

    http://hinzhome.blogspot.com/2011/07/needed-to-post.html

    This is a picture of a Mickey Mouse cake, I liked how clean it looked when I continued the colors down the side.

    Just a suggestion!!

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  17. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty friday link party and would LOVE for you to share this!
    http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_15.html We have also included a Sugarlicious giveaway!

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