But how could I resist this new challenge? That's right - I couldn't.
Lisa wanted a cake with Pooh Bear and his honey pot. I decided to do a trial run before I left for Brazil since I was using a new cake recipe.
I used the Wilton 3d bear pan to make Pooh. When you do a 3d cake like this - you need a different kind of cake so that it will hold together and not fall apart when you take it out of the pan. They recommend using pound cake - but who eats pound cake with frosting? So I tried this Chocolate Pudding Fudge recipe. The first time I tried it, the cake tasted fine, but the bear didn't fare so well.
But I learned from my experience and the second time worked much better.
|Baking the cake upside down|
|Cooling the cake before removing it from the pan.|
So he just looked like a chocolate bear with a red shirt and yellow pants.
I added the face detail before piping the stars on the face.
And then suddenly, there was Pooh!
|Pooh Bear. He looks rather mischievous. And very cute.|
I iced the cake with blue buttercream frosting and piped "hunny" with the same yellow I used to make Pooh.
Then I used yellow candy melts to make the actual "honey" inside the pot.
I also dripped the candy on the sides of the honey pot cake. I think that turned out pretty cool. It was also a good way to cover up any holes or messy spots on the blue frosting.
|Pooh Bear and his honey pot. |
It looks like he is surprised by the size of the pot
and is chuckling with happiness.
I pinned the cake board to a styrofoam block underneath to help handle the weight of the cake and also so it wouldn't slide around in Lisa's car. Hopefully it made it to the shower in one piece!
Overall I was very pleased with the results. And so I'll leave you with a final thought from Pooh.
"'Well,' said Pooh, 'what I like best --' and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but didn't know what it was called."
I think the cake captures that moment pretty well, eh?