The stories of Winnie the Pooh have always warmed my heart. A few months ago, as I was sorting through some letters, I came across a birthday card from Jenny to me from some years ago. Jenny and I have been very good friends for over ten years. She is like family, “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” like the verse from Proverbs 18:24. Both Jenny and I liked Pooh and Piglet a lot because their friendship spoke of the closeness of our friendship. I could not help smiling at the card which had the classic Pooh and Piglet standing together hand in hand with this heart warming quote:
“ ‘We will be friends forever, won’t we Pooh?’
asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”
As Jenny’s birthday approached, I started brainstorming ideas for her cake. I have had her tasting a number of my cakes for the past months. Every time she would say, “This is a good cake!” And then would add, a few seconds later, “I want a cheesecake!” So I thought a cheesecake would be perfect for her birthday. Then, when she saw the pictures of the fully playable and edible Angry Birds cake I made a few weeks ago, she said half jokingly that she wanted an Angry Birds cake just like the one I made. I thought about it and decided to make something different and unique for Jenny instead. Since Pooh and Piglet are fun characters like the angry birds, what would be better than incorporating Pooh, Piglet and a cheesecake altogether?
I made the characters and decorative components out of sugar paste or marshmallow fondant. As much as sugar paste and fondant are edible, I know most people probably would prefer not to eat them. So I decided to set the Pooh and Piglet scene on a stage like fondant covered cake board. It would then be set on top of the cake and could be removed readily for easy access to the cake. The board was set on the bias of one side of the cake, leaving enough room for the writing of the quote from the birthday card Jenny gave me as a symbol and celebration of our friendship. It would be my “birthday card” back to Jenny in the form of a cake.
The final result? Judging from the oohs and ahs from the dinner guests and the ear to ear grin on Jenny’s face, I think the cake was another success.
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