It was my daughter’s birthday this week. Her favorite animal in the world is Hudson the polar bear at the Brookfield Zoo. (Hudson also made a recent appearance on our Gingerbread Zoo.) And since polar bears are conveniently seasonal right now, (Can animals be seasonal?) the creating of a polar birthday cake was settled upon.
I tried to draw out a pattern. But I’m no architect; so we just winged it. I knew we needed some smaller round cakes for the head – and my daughter and I could only make enough batter for the equivalent of a 9X13”cake pan. (We didn’t have any more butter or flour due to recent cookie baking!) So I baked up a larger round in the bottom of my Pyrex 8-cup liquid measuring cup. The next morning I put a smaller amount of batter in the Pyrex cup and baked. I made a few regular cupcakes and a few mini-cupcakes.
To assemble the head, I sliced one side of each of the rounds (so they would sit flat) and frosted them together with white buttercream. A cupcake on its side was the snout. And a cupcake along with the trimmed edges from the rounds was one paw. Mini-cupcakes served as floating ice caps. We used black gumdrops for the claws and nose (secured with a toothpick.) The eyes were large chocolate chips, the eyebrows and ears were trimmed large marshmallows. Lastly we pressed on coconut and dusted everything with powdered sugar.