Build-A-Bear's Birthday!



A few years ago, my mom took the kids to a Build-A-Bear Workshop.  Since we don't get to see her much, the bears mean a lot to them.  We've made it a tradition to celebrate their birthdays every year.  The kids make the invitations, plan the party, and help their bears play the games.  It's fun to see what they come up with.



   
chocolate cake- a full recipe makes 6 bears
decorator's frosting
food coloring
frosting tips and bags
white chocolate chips (for the eyes)

Wilton 3D stand up mini bear cake pan-
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E314219-475A-BAC0-5851D8085A5AE819&killnav=1

Bear Pan
The bear pan was pretty easy to use.  I had to bake them all individually so it took a long time.  To make it easier to remove the cakes, follow these tips:

cooking spray- Use Pam cooking spray.  It works the best.  Don't try this with shortening or butter, it doesn't coat it as evenly

spray and flour twice
- Spray and flour the pan, then spray and flour the pan again.  I had the best success doing this.  Doing a single heavy coat made the cooking spray pool in some areas and left others with less.

removing from pan
- When it's finished baking, remove it from the oven and leave it undisturbed on the stand it bakes on for 10 minutes.  Loosen the top, then lay it flat, front side up.  Run a knife along the sides and carefully remove the pan on top.  Gently loosen the sides of the bear and place the pan back on.  Turn it to the back side and carefully remove the pan on the back.  Cut any excess off the bottom so it will stand upright.  Remove the front pan and stand upright to cool. 
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