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Hundred Acre Wood

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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.

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