Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!
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For my first birthday my mom made a Care Bear cake and that was also the party theme! When I became a mom and my daughter's first birthday was nearing, I consulted my mom for ideas on a theme. She sug
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Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!

posted at 3/13/2010 3:13 AM EST
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For my first birthday my mom made a Care Bear cake and that was also the party theme! When I became a mom and my daughter's first birthday was nearing, I consulted my mom for ideas on a theme. She suggested a Care Bear theme since it was my first birthday theme. Amazingly, she still had the cake mold 24 years later and I thought the idea was great. (How neat to look back and compare pictures and share stories....maybe a new tradition would be created.)She brought over all the baking supplies the day before the party and we set out on a Care Bear cake-making adventure. I have so many memories of baking with my mom and this one was going to top them all...I had no idea how true that would be. You would think TWO experienced bakers would have no trouble, especially since ONE of us had made this cake before. Boy were we wrong!! About 5 hours, 5 pounds of flour, and two failed cakes later we ended up with a store bought Barbie cake. I was so disapointed and upset that my daughter's birthday wasn't going to be what we planed. The first attempt we were over confident and too fancy with the cake receipe so the cake consistency wasn't right for the mold. We also could not master filling the mold with the right amount of batter. We put too much and it over flowed AND didn't cook all the way. The second attempt, we didn't fill it enough so the bear had no feet! To make matters worse, the cake stuck to the mold and the ears came off. I was in tears by the end of the night and when we STILL had no cake at almost 11 that night, we humbly admitted our defeat and gave up. Looking back almost two years later we just laugh, but at the time I was MAD! Now that I have a second daughter who's first birthday is later this year, I plan to try again...hopefully with more success!!

Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!

posted at 3/13/2010 3:25 AM EST
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First: 11/12/2008
Last: 5/8/2010
unfortunately when using a cake pan mold is to just give up and use a cake mix,and to determine how much mix to use take a 9 inch pan fill it with water using a measuring cup to find out how many cups it takes,then do the same to the mold and figure the baking times by how much mix you can put in the pan,good luck,i kept all the sticky labels that came on my pans that has all the info i stuck them on clear plastic wrap so as to read the back

Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!

posted at 3/13/2010 5:25 AM EST
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First: 2/22/2009
Last: 4/24/2010
I agree with Wanda - unfortunately I also had to forgo using a "from scratch" cake receipe for "speciality" cake pan cakes and use a good quality (name brand) mix. Also, I have found that if I use a good baking spray (like Baker's Joy) and spray the pans well, the cake will not stick. Through trial and error I would discover how much batter was the "right" amount. At least if you use a box mix and you over fill the pan, it will still cook and all you have to do is cut the overfill (or mound) off. I hope that this is helpful for you and good luck with your next attempt.

Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!

posted at 3/13/2010 7:25 AM EST
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First: 10/19/2009
Last: 2/11/2012
What an experience, but look at the wonderful memories you have of it. Thanks so much for sharing!

Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!

posted at 3/13/2010 7:47 AM EST
Posts: 40
First: 12/21/2008
Last: 5/27/2013
That is so funny. I wish you better luck for the next try.

Good thing kids don't remember their 1st Birthday!

posted at 3/16/2010 10:24 PM EDT
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First: 8/7/2008
Last: 10/4/2010
Every baker experiences failures but just having your Mom with you created another memory which you will share with your daughter when she gets older...and maybe a good laugh too.

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