I made this Winnie the Pooh cake upon request from a friend of a friend, it was for her little girl Lyla who was turning 1. I wanted to challenge myself so I went and got the #1 shaped tin and thought, omg, how am I going to incorporate Pooh Bear into such a small space. I went onto eBay and found Disney chocolate molds from the USA, got my Pooh characters and paid etc. Then Sandy hit and apparently the storm had held up all mailing to Australia. PANIC set in. I rang home everyday “has it come has it come” – “no” being the response every time. Time went on and I had to come up with another plan. Then the call came in “it’s here” phew, that was 3 weeks later. The party was that weekend and I had 3 days to make the cake.
I actually took a flex day off work to complete it and so I went shopping and bought what I needed includung a bucket of white chocolate, mmm chocolate, one for the cake, one for me, mmmm.
First of all I started by baking my cake, a beautiful big butter cake recipe I have – so I only needed one batter. Then once that was done I could decide where the characters were going to sit but a lot of this cake was made up as I went. I melted and colored the chocolate (which as you know white chocolate can sieze) and so I ended up going through 15 blocks of choc for 4 x small characters.
I was pretty satisfied with the end result of the molded characters so I went on to ice my cake – I chose a neutral shade so the colors would stand out. Has anyone ever tried to ice a number 1 … I hadn’t before this and because the cake is a soft sponge it made it interesting so I crumb coated it and popped it in the fridge – that made life easier. I then re-iced it using creme cup icing. Then I thought, mmmm, what does pooh do ?? Well he sits near honey and bees so I started thinking abut them all sitting on grass so that’s where I started. I piped grass and then the thoughts kept going, mmm, flowers, a meadow of flowers would be nice. So then I thought “right – bees”.
The cake shop had no bees so I rolled fondant out and colored it up and hand made little bees so I popped the characters on the cake. Added the flowers and it started looking quite sweet so I piped the hive and added the bees and flowers and thought, what do I put on top, it looks too plain, so I decided on a sky. With my cakes I always make a cupcake for the child to slobber over so they wont do it on the big cake and guests feel like they can’t eat it. I know I couldn’t. So I made up a little cake on the side just using the yellow to match back to the hive and Lyla the name.
The hardest part was the chocolate coloring and painting in the molds. The best part was seeing it finished, omg, what a treat and then another hairy part was trying to stop my 3 year old attacking the cake. I followed her everywhere until it was picked up the next day. I really enjoy the mess and stress and the end results when making this cake
Winne the Pooh #1 cake