This cute polar bear cake is perfect for a wintery celebration cake!
Kids and adults will love the happy polar bear character on this cake by Cake Craft World. It's easy to make and the text is created using a clever cutter, so no fiddly work is required!
You will need:
For the cake:
- 750g (1lb 7oz) Golden Delight Madeira cake (we used 375g in a 15cm (6in) round tin and baked two to create the depth)
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- edible non-aerosol glitter spray pump in silver
- Sattina 3-in-1 modelling paste
- 500g (1lb 1oz) White Sattina sugarpaste
- 700g (1lb 6oz) tub of Vanilla frosting
- 1kg (2lb 2oz) Mediterranean Blue Sattina sugarpaste
- pack of glacier mints
- Rainbow Dust edible glue
- PME edible glaze spray
- Rainbow Dust black edible ink pen
- 'Snow Storm Mix' sprinkles
- FMM Merry Christmas cutter
- 23cm (9in) round cake board
- 1 metre of 15mm (¾in) ice blue satin ribbon
- 1 metre of 7mm (¼in) ice blue satin ribbon
- small brush
- cutting wheel or a small knife
- cake smoother
- Cover the board in approximately 300g (10½oz) of blue icing. Brush a little edible glue or cooled boiled water onto the board to attach it securely.
- Layer the 15cm (6in) round cakes with your favourite frosting. We used Cake Craft World's delicious vanilla flavoured frosting. Cover your cake with approximately 700g (1lb 6oz) of blue icing, and use an icing smoother to achieve a professional finish. If you have time, leave the board and cake to dry overnight, then attach the cake to the board with some frosting the next day. Attach a narrow ice blue ribbon around the base of the cake.
- Roll out some white sugarpaste slightly larger than the top of the cake and cut out a wavy circular shape that will sit on the top and fold down the sides a little to look like melting snow. It helps to cut out a circular template in greaseproof paper and place it on the icing before you start cutting.
- We used Sattina Perfect Paste to create the polar bear because it's a 50/50 mix of sugarpaste and modelling paste which is lovely to mould with. Make the body first by rolling some icing into a ball, then shape into an oval and flatten a little. The head is made in the same way, just smaller, but make the front a little narrower. For the legs, make four balls of icing the same size, then roll and shape as shown, marking the paws. Cut the legs at an angle so that they sit neatly against the bear's body. To finish, make two little ears and a tail.
- Make a little ball of icing for the nose and colour it in black using a black edible ink pen. Draw on the eyes, mouth and eyelashes.
- Use Perfect Paste to cut out a funky message using FMM's new Merry Christmas cutter. Leave to set overnight over the tin you used to bake the cake, so that it dries curved.
- To make the minty ice, tip the glacier mints onto a greaseproof paper lined baking tray and bake at 170°C/Gas Mark 3 for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently tilt the tray from side to side to spread the melted mixture out. Be very careful as it will be extremely hot! When completely cool, use the end of a rolling pin to break the ice up. Hit the centre first and it should break into shards.
- Attach the polar bear to your cake using edible glue, adding some shards of minty ice around the sides.
- Add a little sparkle to the wording by spritzing with the non-aerosol silver glitter spray and attach to the cake with edible glue or a little royal icing. Decorate the bottom edge of the cake with sprinkles and the rest of the minty ice shards. Finish by attaching 15mm (¾in) ice blue ribbon to the edge of the board with double sided tape or a glue stick.