I’ve been having fun playing with making homemade cakes for a few years now, and I had a really fun idea for my youngest daughter’s first birthday. She loves Tigger from Winnie the Pooh so I took my plain old puzzle cake set that contained 24 cupcakes of various shapes that make 3 generic animal designs (a bear, fish, and turtle) and decided to configure my very own Tigger cake. It was fun arranging the shapes and trying to figure out where to place everything and it paid off, I had a nice shape for a Tigger face.
So I mixed up my grandma’s old fashioned Applesauce cake, with the help of my oldest (a proud big sister of 3 years old). We put some wax paper on a cookie sheet and then arranged our cupcakes together to get Tigger going. Then I made sure to fill each holder with a little extra batter so the cake would rise up and connect the cups. While that baked my soon to be 1 year old and 3 year old entertained me as I mixed up some cream cheese frosting, dividing the batch into four separate bowls to mix the different colors I would use for Tigger’s face. My inspiration was the baby’s stuffed Tigger animal that is always lying in a different spot around the house since his buddy is mobile. When my colors were consistent I put the frosting in the fridge to harden a little.
Once my home smelled of yummy Applesauce cake I took it out to cool allowing plenty of time to harden up real nice. I slid the wax paper onto my cake holder which was no easy task but the wax paper definitely helped. Grabbing my orange colored frosting I went ahead and put an even coat on the entire cake. Then I used a tooth pic to draw the details of Tigger’s face. My next step was to fill in these lines, the hardest part. Usually the idea I have never takes shape when I create it but I carefully worked using cake decorating bags with a #5 tip and outlined each feature (the eyebrows, eyes, stripes, nose, and mouth) and then slowly filled them in. I used a butter knife to smooth out all the lines and was pleasantly surprised to see the Tigger I had hoped to create. With each design we cake makers can bring our thoughts to life.
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