Chocolate Bear Birthday Cake
No need for a special baking pan to bake this chocolate bear birthday cake, just two (9-inch) baking pans will do it.
1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
3 large eggs
4 ounces plain yogurt
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (1-ounce) squares baking chocolate, melted
2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet or milk chocolate, grated
1 ounce cinnamon gum drops
3 tablespoons sweetened flake coconut
1 tablespoon colored sugar sprinkles
- Preheat oven according to directions on cake mix package. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate cake mix, water, eggs and yogurt. Beat on the low speed of an electric mixer until moistened. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Divide between the prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool on wire racks.
- Meanwhile, mix together powdered sugar, butter, half-and-half and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat until smooth. Set 1/2 cup of frosting aside. Beat melted chocolate into the remaining frosting.
- When cakes have cooled completely, cut three 2 3/4-inch circles from one cake layer. Cut a flat edge on two of the circles to form ears. Attach remaining circle to form a snout. Frost cake as desired and decorate with grated chocolate, gum drops, coconut and sugar sprinkles.
Makes 14 to 16 servings.