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Teddy Bear Cake Pops: Learning to Sculpt Shapes

Beginner cake pop makers– get your aprons on! It’s time for your first lesson in cake sculpting! This illustrated guide will show you how to create a basic, fun teddy bear cake pop suitable for birthday parties, children’s events, baby showers and Christening parties. These adorable little bear faces make a great introduction that will teach you the skills you need to be on your way to more advanced cake pop sculpting techniques.

 teddy bear cake pops

teddy bear cake pops

 

For this project, I started with a boxed cake mix: Duncan Hines Classic Yellow. I have to admit, I’m spoiled– I was raised up on scratch-baked goods. My grandmother turned her nose up at boxed mixes. But, keeping in mind that most busy moms are going to want the ease and convenience of a boxed mix, I went with it to see how it would turn out. I followed the ingredients and took a beautiful looking cake out of the oven about 30 minutes later. Here’s how it looked when cool:

baked cake

baked cake

I had one problem with it: the beautiful, golden-brown crust. Normally, I like a nice, crusty skin on a cake; however, this is not the best for cake pops. So, I removed it by slicing it off.

cut away tough parts

cut away tough parts

 

Once I cut all the edges off the cake, I was left with a nice, soft yellow inside. It was not as moist as I would like, but I figured it would do. I crumbled it into a bowl.

crumble the cake

crumble the cake

 

Next, I added about 1/2 a canister of Pillsbury white frosting. Don’t add it all at once– you want the cake to come together like clay, but you do not want it to get any denser than necessary or the weight can make it break off the stick.

mix frosting and crumbs

mix frosting and crumbs

 

Then I rolled the cake mixture into small balls, about 3/4 of an inch.

Put them on a plate and quick-chill them for 15 minutes in the freezer; transfer them into the fridge for about 2 hours so they set. Now we’re ready to sculpt them into bear’s heads.

Take a cake ball and gently pinch to elongate it, to create the bear’s muzzle.

pinch to make muzzle

pinch to make muzzle

 

It should not be too pointy; you want it’s somewhat rounded. Here’s the profile view:

profile view of face

profile view of face

 

Turn the muzzle toward you, and grasp the two upper sides of the head at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.

 pinch ears

pinch ears

flatten ears like flaps

flatten ears like flaps

 

Begin patting the head down on the top and around the sides below the ears.

tamp down top of head

tamp down top of head

shaping the ears

shaping the ears

 

 face forward

face forward

 

side view

side view

 

Put the little heads on a plate and return them to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. In the mean time, get your white chocolate candy pieces ready to melt.

 

white chocolate candies

white chocolate candies

 

I melted mine in the microwave– 1 minute on high, stir, then 15 second intervals, stirring after each until melted. You can also melt them in an electric melter or a double broiler if you like.

Add up to 2 tablespoons of Crisco if the chocolate is very thick.

Melt a couple of tablespoons of dark chocolate chips in a separate small bowl. Add them in small amounts to the white.

combine dark and white chocolate

combine dark and white chocolate

 

Mix until you achieve the tan color you like for your bear heads. Then dip a lollypop stick into the mix.

dip your stick

dip your stick

 

And insert the tip into the bottom of the teddy bear head. Make sure the head is on straight.

 place a head on the stick

place a head on the stick

 

Refrigerate them like this to chill that little chocolate collar– it’s what helps secure the cake ball to the stick. After 15 minutes in the refrigerator, bring out the cake pops.

Hold one cake pop, turn it upside-down, and dip it straight down into the chocolate.

If you’ve read some of the other recipes here, you’ll know the mantra to repeat to yourself:

THOU SHALT NOT TWIST THE CAKE POP STICK

THOU SHALT NOT TOUCH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL

THOU SHALT NOT BRUSH THE CAKE POP AGAINST THE SIDE

All of these things would loosen the cake pop, and risk it breaking off the stick and getting lost in your bowl of chocolate forever.

Just dip it straight down until it’s submerged.

dip the head

dip the head

 

And pull it straight up. Tap it gently on the side to help excess drip off.

tap gently

tap gently

And perch your cake pop in a block of styrofoam, or in a cup.

I had forgotten to pick up a new piece of styrofoam, so in a pinch I balled up some modeling clay and stood the cake pop into it.

stand it up

stand it up

 

After you dip and stand up all your cake pops– being careful not to let them touch– put them back in the fridge for up to 2 hours to let the chocolate chill and set.

Melt some more dark chocolate to make the face. Thin it with a little Crisco if it’s too thick. You can pipe the chocolate onto the bear’s face, or you can use a skewer to dip in the chocolate and touch to the bear’s face.

make eyes

make eyes

 

making the nose

making the nose

 

make the mouth

make the mouth

 

smiling face

smiling face

 

And there is your bear. Imagine a little crowd of bear faces sticking out of a styrofoam block… very cute!

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