The possibilities are endless for creating the perfect party spread, especially when you're working with a theme as cute as Forest Friends. Here are some delicious ideas that look great and are so easy to make. Stand back and watch your scrumptious treats disappear into hungry mouths.
What’s cuter than Bear Cupcakes? These are so simple to make but so effective. They’re almost too cute to eat...almost.
Purchase sweet cupcake cases, such as these red and white striped ones, to sit your beautiful bears in.
Using your favourite chocolate cupcake recipe, bake your cupcakes in your gorgeous cases.
The decorations are where these gorgeous creatures come together. Ice the cupcakes with chocolate icing; we piped chocolate ganache in swirls around the top. Stick two milk chocolate buttons in for ears and a white chocolate button on top for his nose. Using an icing pen, draw on the nose and mouth detail. We used ready to roll icing for the eyes and dotted in the pupils with the icing pen.
Brown Bear Birthday Cake
The finale for children’s birthday parties (and any birthday party) is the birthday cake. Tying in with the theme, we created this delicious Bear cake. Follow the steps below to make your own.
Create your cake base by baking 2 x square 8 inch vanilla cakes. Make two batches of icing – one chocolate and one vanilla.
Halve your cakes and layer each on top of each other with a layer of icing in between to hold them together. With a sharp knife, curve the corners of the top layer to create the bear head.
Make sure your icing is thick enough to spread over your cake without falling off. Take your vanilla icing and spread this over the front of your cake to make your bear face. Spread it on thickly so that you have a smooth surface and no cake lines are visible. Now take your chocolate icing and spread this over the sides and back of your bear. Again spread this on thickly to form a smooth surface; one that will hold your chocolate biscuit ears.
Add the finishing touches. Stick in your chocolate biscuit ears – any oval chocolate biscuits will work. Cut out an oval for the mouth from your ready to roll icing and roll out two eyes. Draw on the pupils and the nose with your icing pen. Then stick these on to your bear cake. Place your masterpiece onto an alfoil covered tray with some edible forest moss and colourful mushrooms. Adorable and so very tasty. The kids will love looking at it and they’ll love eating it too.
These gingerbread cookies are the perfect take home treats to compliment your special stationery gift.
Create your gingerbread dough. Roll it out and draw the outlines of the shapes you’ve decided to create. We drew a tree from the Swedish Forest, a mushroom and a speech bubble – all illustrations from the Forest Friends Collection.
Once you’re happy with your cookie outlines, cut these out with a sharp knife. Bake and let them cool.
Make your icing and divide it up into six bowls or however many colours you want to use. Add food colouring drops for each different colour, and cocoa to your chocolate icing. Then spread the icing onto your gingerbread cookies and allow to set. Once it’s set, decorate any extra detail like the dots on the mushroom with extra icing.
Once your cookies are completely set, slip them inside some small plastic bags. We purchased ours from Spotlight, and you can find them at most craft stores. Using double sided tape, close the top with a piece of Wrapping Paper to make a cute goody bag. Let guests know to choose one of these and their favourite Forest Friends Ballpoint Pen to take home with them. They’ll be telling all their friends about the gorgeous gifts.