Our big girl Anna turned three last week (sniff sniff). A few weeks ago, while driving her home from preschool, I asked her what kind of cake she wanted this year. "A fire truck," she replied. I reminded her that we did that last year, and perhaps a new type of cake would be nice. Read: please pick something that requires less frosting, less red food coloring, and fewer toothpicks than this.
"Okay," she mused, "I want a cake of a guy."
"Yeah, a guy with no shirt. Just pants . . . and undies."
I had to do a double take to make sure I was still talking to a toddler and not a Bieber-fevered teenage girl. A half-naked man birthday cake? Seriously? At this point, I did what any other mama would do: I pretended not to hear her. I pulled a classic, "Hey, look at that airplane" maneuver and hoped she would forget by the time her birthday rolled around. Unfortunately, no such luck. Anna reminded me over and over that she wanted a "guy with no shirt" cake. Try as I might, I just could not make myself create a bachelorette party-worthy cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday party. I know, go ahead and call me chicken. In the end, I made a likeness of her lovey, Anais bear.
I got the idea here and used a chocolate cupcake recipe sent by my friend Kristin. Using two metal mixing bowls, I made the bear's head and torso, then used cupcakes for the ears, arms and legs. He is decorated with coconut pecan frosting, Thin Mints, and Almond Joy candy pieces.
I know, it's no shirtless man. But hey, at least the bear is naked, right?