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This article was taken from our September 2016 Issue

Free Cute Bear Topper Tutorial

Learn how to create this cute little bear from this celebration cake tutorial by Vicky Turner of The Yellow Bee Cake Company.

Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Equipment Required

  • 6” and 8” (5” tall) round cakes, covered in white sugarpaste
  • 12” cake drum covered in white sugarpaste
  • Renshaw White Flower and Modelling Paste
  • Rainbow Dust ProGel: Baby Blue, Black, Caramel, Lemon, Pink
  • Rainbow Dust Food Art Pens: Black, Chocolate, Dusky Pink, Sky Blue, Yellow
  • Rainbow Dust Plain & Simple: Pink Candy
  • 3 x plastic cake dowels
  • 2 x tablespoons of royal icing
  • Cake smoother
  • Measuring tape
  • Work board
  • Paintbrushes – glue and soft dusting brush
  • Craft knife
  • Ball tools
  • Dresden tool
  • Pliers
  • 3 x 20 gauge white florist wires
  • Medium flower pick
  • FMM Multi Ribbon Tool
  • Wheel cutter
  • 20mm circle cutter
  • Edible glue
  • Skewer and cocktail sticks
  • White edible paint

Check out the September 2016 issue for the full cake tutorial.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

For the bears, using the Caramel ProGel, you will need to mix 475g of caramel modelling paste, 15g of pale caramel and 15g of really dark caramel. For the top bear, roll an egg shaped ball using 95g of the caramel paste.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Using the side of your finger, gently press the paste where his chest will be to give him a protruding tummy.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Glue the body to the centre of the 6” cake. Push a skewer down through his body into the cake. Next, use the dresden tool to mark in his fur.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Add a small ball of paste to his bottom to create his tail.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

For his legs, take 32g of caramel paste and roll into a sausage shape. Cut it in half diagonally.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Pinch and mould the rounded end of the legs to create his feet.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Glue the legs to the body and to the cake. Use a ball tool to mark in his pads. Fill each hole with a small ball of the really dark caramel paste. Gently flatten with your fingers so it sits flush with the foot. Use the dresden tool to mark in the fur.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

For the arms, take 27g of caramel paste, roll into a sausage and cut diagonally. Gently pinch the rounded end to flatten his hands. Glue the arms to either side of the body, leaving room between them for the cupcake he will be holding. Use the dresden tool to mark his fur and push the tool into the hands to give him a thumb.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Take 11g ball of modelling paste coloured pink and shape into a flat bottomed cone, just like a cupcake case!

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Use the dresden tool to mark in the pleats for the cupcake case.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Roll a tapered sausage of white modelling paste and begin to swirl it around the top of the cupcake case, starting with the widest end at the bottom and finishing with the pointed end to finish off the swirl.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Once the paste is dry, use the Dusky Pink, Sky Blue and Yellow Food Art Pens to draw in sprinkles and sugar pearls. Glue the cupcake between the bears hands, resting on the cake.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Roll an oval from 60g of caramel paste. Trim the skewer and glue the head onto the body. Use the dresden tool to mark his fur.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Roll a 5g ball of the paler caramel paste into an oval. Glue onto the lower half of the bear’s head. It should overlap his neck a little.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Use the dresden tool to mark in his mouth.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Push the wider end of the dresden tool into the mouth to open. Push a small ball tool into the paste at each end of his smile to create dimples.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Roll a ball of the dark caramel modelling paste, shape into an oval and glue in place.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Gently push the ball tool into the paste to mark his eyes. Fill each eye with a small ball of black modelling paste. Use a small ball tool to paint two small dots using white edible paint.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Roll two pea sized balls of caramel paste. Flatten gently between your fingers to form discs.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Push the ball tool into the centre of each disc to create the inner ear.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Pinch one end of each disc to form a point.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Push the ball tool into the bear’s head, about 1cm from the middle, on each side. Paint a little glue into each hole and push the pointed end of each ear into the holes.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Finally, we need to make his little party hat! Roll a cone with 8g of modelling paste coloured pink, taking care to flatten the base of the cone to create a sharp edge along the base.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Roll some blue paste to under 1mm in thickness and cut out a strip approximately 5mm wide and long enough to wrap around the cone. Glue around the cone in a spiral pattern.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Glue the hat on top of the bear’s head to one side, so he looks a bit jaunty. Finish the hat with a small ball of blue paste.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Once the paste is dry, use the Chocolate Food Art Pen to draw in a stitching line down the centre of his head.

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Bear Cake Topper Tutorial in Cake Masters Magazine

Also draw in stitching around each of the pads.

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