Alaska Cake

My friend was recently on an outward-bound trip in Alaska for a month. I knew that they had been roughing it big time in the wilderness, sleeping in tents, eating basic and not necessarily exciting food, and no communication with the outside world for the whole time. So I decided that it would be a nice to have a welcome home cake waiting for them when they came home.

I wanted it to be an Alaska themed cake, and the first thing I thought about when thinking about Alaska is snow, ice, penguins and polar bears (although they actually saw grizzly bears instead of polar bears, but oh well). Thus I wanted to decorate it in white frosting to look like snow and create little polar bears out of fondant to put on the cake.

Final cakeI knew that one of their favorite cakes is one I have made many times before, and it’s the blueberry cake from the Hummingbird Bakery. It’s a delicious cake and super moist because it contains sour cream, which makes its light and fluffy. Every time I make it, it’s devoured in minutes! Find the recipe here!

Cake BatterNow for the frosting I used cream cheese frosting, which is what Hummingbird Bakery suggests as the perfect pairing, and they are right! I made my own from their recipe but you can always use store bought frosting as well. You can find their recipe here!

The next step was to create the little polar bears to use on the cake. I will admit that I did buy plastic bears and penguins as well, just in case my own attempts didn’t work out. But no worries, my bears worked out surprisingly well and were very easy to make.

I used one of the new Wilton Shape-N-Amaze packets of edible decorating dough already in a winter white. You simply open the packet, knead the dough and then just mold the dough into what shapes want.

248537-3-5And here were my results. I must say I was really pleased by how cute they turned out!

Polar BarPappa & Baby BearI also made a little snowman for the back of the cake with the leftover fondant I had. I used one packet for all 3 figures.

SnowmanTo assemble the cake I covered it roughly in the white frosting to make it look like a snowy mountain range, with lots of little peaks. Then I placed the fondant figures on, as well as the plastic ones on the bottom because I wanted to have more on the cake. Then I sprinkled everything with shredded coconut and white sprinkles to make it look like snow.

CakePolar bear on cakeFinally I used a sparkly blue writing icing to write the words “Welcome Home” to finish it all off.

Cake with writingAnd voila, a delicious and special cake to welcome my friend back from their cold & wet trip to the Alaskan wilderness. They absolutely loved it!

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