Friday, October 1, 2010

Teddy Bear into an Elephant. (In cake surgery)

I've decided to take up surgery as a hobby. To be more specific, Species Changing Surgery. I have all I need: knives, prosthesis, frosting. No training needed, on the job experience is enough.  Did I mention that the animals I'm working on are made of cake? That's right, I recently turned a teddy bear into an elephant.  (Or as my friend called it, an teddyphant)



I've shown before my transformation of this same teddy bear into a monkey.  In case you missed it, here is the before/ after.


For Joseph's birthday I transformed the same teddy bear into an elephant.  I actually got the idea from the pan maker's site (Wilton Stand Up Cuddly Bear) He had wanted one for at least the last 7 months. Here is the process

1- Make cake. I use a recipe called WASC (White Almond Sour Cream), which uses a box mix and tastes yummy while adding density.

2- Cut out elephant ears from cardboard.  Wrap in aluminum foil.  Tape dowel rods to back.  Add dowel rods to marshmallow for arms and trunk.  (I put 4 for the trunk, but cut one off at the end because it was too long.)

3- Make buttercream frosting and use Wilton gel dyes to color.  I needed white, black, pink and LOTS of gray.

4- Frost front of ears pink.  The edges don't matter as they will be covered by gray.

5- Cut off bear ears.  Add elephant ears, arms, and trunk by inserting dowels into cake.  Frost bottom of feet pink.  Frost eyes following (more or less) shape of cake.

6- Start adding gray.  Continue adding gray until you think there is nothing left in life but making tiny gray stars.  Then take a break for a couple minutes to regain sanity and continue. (see how the trunk it too long?  Looks much better in the final picture with just three marshmallows).

7- Add finishing touches like outlining the eyes, adding small white tusks, making gray frosting dots along hands and feet for toes, and writing "Happy Birthday."

8- Make a wish and blow out candles.






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25 comments:

  1. OK, That is the stinking cutest thing ever.

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  2. You are seriously awesome.

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  3. It's very cute. You are quite talented.

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  4. You are a cake genius.

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  5. I agree--you are a cake genius!

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  6. You are so good. Hey I have an idea, hop a plane and come make me a birthday cake--that would be so cool. Ok back to reality, you have such a cool talent making your kids cakes. Joe really looks like he has grown up alot since I last saw him. So handsome he is.

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  7. "continue until you think there is nothing left in life but making little grey stars" :) (okay, so I may have paraphrased... didn't want to actually scroll UP to see the quote, made me laugh either way!)

    So cute!

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  8. I'm always amazed by the cakes you create. I might need to borrow you in about 6 months.

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  9. I've never seen anything as cute as that!

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  10. You are a serious cake genius!

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  11. that is so beyond adorable, i can't even think of a word for it. the fact that you included this tutorial makes me think that maybe...maaaaybeee...i might be able to pull it off. maybe. you are definitely brilliant!

    p.s. thank you for the cake recipe! we have a birthday coming up on sunday, so i am definitely making that. it sounds yummy!

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  12. Wow! That transformation is amazing! You could seriously sell these (although you'd probably have to charge like a thousand dollars for all the time and effort you put into it!). I bet Joseph loved it ;)

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  13. That is so stinkin' cute. Although, if I tried it, it would end up looking like a Halloween creature feature.

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  14. Holy Cow! I mean...er..elephant! You are awesome.

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  15. You are a rockstar. And I love animals.

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  16. Nice! It kind of stinks that all that work goes into something that you end up eating. What it difficult to cut it up?

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  17. That is cool, Charolotte. You are totally ready for those cake competition shows on Food Network!

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  19. Oh, that's just precious! Soooo clever!

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  21. I consider, what is it very interesting theme. I suggest all to take part in discussion more actively.

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  22. I'm finding these comments by "Anonymous" almost as entertaining as your post. (Did you ever communicate in PM?)

    So, is Peter jealous that you home schooled yourself into being a surgeon while he had to fork over money and a decade of his life?

    The only problem I see with your awesome cakes is that your kids will keep having their expectations exceeded and then raise them. Good job though!

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  23. I'm seriously impresed right now! You got some skill girl.

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