A little of the Hundred Acre Wood for a little boys birthday.
Tigger is of course under copyright, so I did a little tweaking here and there to make my own cartoony version of a classic character for a 1st birthday. I’ve noticed that children 4 years and younger tend to be familiar with only the colors and general shape of their favorite characters, so you can get away with quite a bit when making a cake.
Normally, with a Black & White cake I would decorate the sides with cake crumbs. However, it just didn’t feel aesthetically appropriate in this case. So, I decided to use bits and pieces of the Hundred Acre Wood. I really enjoy tiny details. I like that look kids get when they notice something they didn’t see at first glance and how excited they get when they get to share their discovery with someone else. I realize the child in this case is a little young for that experience, but I’ve also noticed that parents of little ones have no problem getting excited for them.
I admit I made up my own Hundred Acre Wood based on what I know from the stories. For example, I remember Pooh liked honey, so their are some pots stuffed under a tree. Rabbit had a garden, so I added a little patch in the front.
I put a hole in a tree at the top for Owl to live in and a small one at the base of a tree for Pooh and Piglet. I also lovingly remember Pooh losing a fir-cone off a bridge because he thought it was magical how it fell into the water off one side and popped up on the other. I don’t know if there was a tree swing in the stories, but there gosh darn should have been one.