When it was about time for my oldest to celebrate her first birthday, I really wanted to make her birthday cake. We have a small family, so making a small cake is very doable. I’m not sure if everyone is familiar with Wilton…it is a company that sells everything imaginable for cake and cookie decorating. Has classes for those who want learn as well. The Corporate headquarters happens to be in our neighborhood and every year they have a tent sale. It’s crazy busy, but lots of fun stuff.
So the summer of my daughters first birthday we went to the Tent Sale and found an adorable Huggable Teddy Bear Pan. I figured it is unisex and bears are adorable, right?! What’s nice about the Wilton shaped pans is on the other side of the picture inside of the pan are all the instructions. Everything to the cake recipe if you don’t want to purchase a cake mix, to the icing recipe, what tips you should use for decorating and the recommended colors.
I did buy packaged cake mix, I was a little nervous about getting too adventurous. Especially since I was making the cake the night before her birthday, I wanted to make sure that I had a cake mix that I was sure of.
I did make the Wilton Buttercream Icing for this cake, which is:
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 4 cups (1 lb.) sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tsp. Wilton Clear Vanilla Extract
I wanted to use slightly different colors then what was suggested. Since at the time my daughter was turning one, her eyes were still blue – so I have the bear blue eyes. Instead of a honey pot I wrote her name in the center and changed the white color portions of the bear to a light tan.
All-in-all I was very proud of how the cake turned out especially since it was my first attempt! It did take quite a bit of work, and since her birthday is July, even with the air-conditioning on I had a little difficult with the icing get too soft. But I just throw it in the refrigerator every now and then to hard it up just a bit.
Megan, of course, does not remember her one year birthday – but she loved it the day of and still loves seeing it!