Shirlee Goodness Cakery

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Drum Major Bear

on January 10, 2016

Drum Major Bear Cake

Every Christmas eve for the last 4 years, I’ve made a birthday cake for my cousin’s daughter, Natalie.  This year, Natalie is one of the drum majors of her high school band, so I decided to make her a teddy bear cake dressed in her drum major uniform.


Natalie in her drum major uniform



Bear Cake Mold

I used the Williams-Sonoma Build-A-Bear cake mold and instructions.  I modified the Santa Claus and Soccer Player Bear patterns to make the drum major outfit.

The cake is baked in two halves and put together with a layer of buttercream.


First, anywhere that won’t be covered with fondant gets covered in “fur.” The bear’s “fur” is created by sprinkling turbinado sugar over a sugaring glaze.

Then the bear gets dressed!


I bought white, black, and blue fondant.  When you add a lot of gel color to fondant it just gets really sticky.  For intense colors, it’s better to buy the pre-colored fondant. I added some navy and black coloring to the blue fondant to deepen the hue.






For the hat, I had baked a cupcake and then covered it in fondant.

The gold accents were white fondant with gold painted on. You can get the gold dust at a cake supply shop.  Sprinkle some dust in a small dish and add just little bit of clear alcohol like vodka or almond extract. The buttons were cut out using the small end of an icing tip. My daughter Allison helped me with some of the details.


Allison painting the gold eagle ensignia


I think Natalie really liked her drum major birthday cake!


Natalie and her cake


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