Yumi’s birthday cake

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.


I don’t make “Sweet” cakes very often, but it was different for my daughter’s birthday. I wanted to do something special, and ended up making a teddy bear cake for her.


20120217-220625.jpgThe cake tin is from Wilton, so I didn’t make it into a teddy shape myself, but did all the icing. Not bad for first attempt?

The recipe that came with the tin instructed me to use “cake mix and bake according to the packet” which, of course is not something I allow myself to do. So instead, I tried several recipes and decided on this one:

Chocolate Cake Recipe for Wilton Teddy Bear (by KK)

2 cups Organic plain flour

2 cups Organic raw sugar

3/4 cup Organic cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoon Aluminium free baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1/2 cup Oil

1 cup Organic milk

2 teaspoon Organic vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water


It’s a simple three step recipe:

Preparation:  Grease the tin with extra oil and dust it lightly with flour (not included in the ingredients), Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Step 1:  Shift all dry ingredients into a large bowl.

Step 2: Mix all the wet ingredients EXCEPT the boiling water in a medium size  bowl.

Step 3: Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix well, pour boiling water and mix;  pour in tin and cook on 180 C oven for 30 min, or until the skewer comes out clean.


When you bake this cake, like normal cake the center part will rise higher than the arms and legs. While cooling it on the cake rack, be sure to cut this “mountain” before you open the cake on plate. If you don’t do this (like me, for the first time) the arms and legs of the teddy will break off from its body 😦 !


Other than that, it is not difficult to make, so please give it a try. The recipe is simple and goes well with any tin, so it doesn’t have to be a teddy bear cake 🙂


For the icing, you can use buttercream icing or whipped cream, either is fine, I used buttercream because it was going to be eaten at Yumi’s playgroup, and whipped cream don’t last very long on a hot day!

It did take a looooong time to do the icing, but was well worth the effort. The only down side (?) was that my daughter didn’t show interest and had no bite of it! I guess she is so used to my Healthy Muffins, that sweet cakes don’t tickle her fancy!


Well, her friends and mothers from playgroup enjoyed it, so it was good after all!

Hope you enjoy baking a special cake for your special someone too 🙂

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