This Homemade Winnie the Pooh Birthday Cake Design is my first ever fondant covered cake! I was really worried about whether or not I could do it but was thrilled with the final results. There is a great video on Youtube on how make Winnie the Pooh and I just followed the same idea when creating Piglet. I made Winnie and Piglet several days in advance.
The tree is a chocolate covered fondant rice crispie treat. I had problems with the top of the tree. The trunk is one piece and the top is a separate piece. I was hoping the top would dry out and be stiff enough to just place on top of the trunk but it never did and in the end I had to cover a round piece of card board in fondant and put it under the tree top. This created a problem because I didn't have enough fondant leaves to cover the addition. So I took off several of the fondant leaves and moved them around and then just used green buttercream frosting to fill in and gaps. I actually thought it looked even better with the buttercream leaves mixed with the fondant leaves. The tree trunk has a wooden skewer in the middle for added stability.
I was really worried about covering the large cake with fondant. Some one suggested getting a large piece of clear plastic from the fabric store and rolling out the fondant on the plastic. Then rather than trying to pick up the fondant just flipping the entire piece of plastic onto the cake then peeling off the plastic. It worked great. I don't think I could have gotten the fondant on the cake in one piece any other way.
I used home-made marshmallow fondant on everything. Everyone loved the cake and the taste of the fondant. This cake was so much fun to make and now I am looking forward to even more fondant creations!