How to Make a Teddy Bear Birthday Cake


Teddy bears are a popular cake theme for children's birthday parties. Store-bought birthday cakes can be decorated with teddy bear toppers or frosting images, but these might lack a personal touch. Pans are available to create shaped or three-dimensional teddy bears, but you might only be able to use the pan once, and 3-D cakes often need dowels for support. For someone willing to bake it themselves, a custom teddy bear cake can be made with a little more time and effort than a traditional cake. There are two basic methods of creating a teddy bear cake without a specialty pan.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet cake pan or one large round cake pan, one medium round cake pan and seven ramekins
  • Cake mix or recipe
  • White frosting, homemade or store bought
  • Food coloring
  • Candies (optional)
  • Frosting spreader or piping bags
  • Serrated knife

Cut-Away Method

  • Bake a large sheet cake and allow to cool.

  • Create the outline of a bear on the surface of the cake. This can be done using a paper template or by free-handing the marks with your fingers or a butter knife.

  • Cut around the outline of the bear, removing excess cake. Save the pieces you remove.

  • Form a snout using pieces you cut away. You also can fill in areas you might have over-cut.

Add-On Method

  • Bake nine cakes using one large round pan, one medium round pan and seven ramekins. Allow the cakes to cool.

  • Cut a small semi-circle away from the largest cake, which will form the body, to allow the medium cake to fit snugly against it, forming the head.

  • Place one ramekin-size cake on the head to form a snout. Trim the other six ramekin cakes to fit against the curves of the body and head to form paws and ears.


  • Wipe away any crumbs on or around the cake. Crumbs will get caught up in the frosting and mar the surface.

  • Frost the cake in your preferred manner. You probably will have to make your own frosting or color store-bought frosting to get the look you want. For example, dye white frosting brown for the body of the teddy bear and black to frost the bear's muzzle.

  • Use candies to add detail to your cake if you did not do so with frosting. Gummy fruit candy or bubble gum could be used for a tongue and nose. White and dark chocolates could form eyes. Bows can be made with strings of licorice or fruit leather.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cool the cake or cakes in a refrigerator, if space allows, before assembling and decorating.
  • Older children might enjoy helping to decorate the cake.
  • Cupcakes with the tops cut off can be substituted for cakes baked in ramekins.
  • Exercise caution when working around the oven and with a serrated knife.

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