Esther’s Pooh Cake (From a Coloring Page!)

Esther turns three tomorrow and she requested a Pooh and Tigger cake for her birthday. She is going to go bonkers when she awakens and sees this…

I’m giddy right now over this cake’s cuteness! I’m even giddier that I didn’t decorate it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having teens that enjoy making birthday cakes! Christina is the artist behind this creation. She used a technique for imprinting characters on cakes using a coloring page. A dear friend of mine taught me this technique (thank you, Brandy!) many years ago, probably when Christina was a tiny cake recipient herself.

First, Christina selected her pan. She decided on a 14″ round pan, a newer piece in our cake-making collection. This is a LARGE pan, but we nearly always make big cakes because we frequently send some home with party participants and we are a rather large family! This pan holds two cake mixes. I used to make two layers every time I made a round cake. I don’t anymore. Splitting layers is a pain. While I love the way a layer of icing tastes between cake layers, that is a step that can be skipped for three- year olds who only care about Pooh and Tigger on top! A nice feature about this pan is it has very tall sides. This makes for a pretty cake with clean, straight edges… perfect for piping!

After selecting the pan, Christina googled “Pooh and Tigger coloring page” and found this. Perfect! Very, very Esther…

Next, she placed a piece of waxed paper over the coloring page and traced Pooh and Tigger with chocolate icing dyed black (a gel icing would work great as well). She only traced the outside of the image because it’s best to do most outlining after you’ve colored the characters. Thus, Tigger’s stripes, Pooh’s eyeballs, lines in the clothing, etc. were left blank.

I am not a good photographer. I did not get a picture of the next step. However, I am sure you can figure it out πŸ™‚ After tracing the characters, Christina turned the waxed paper upside down onto the iced cake. By lightly pressing on the outlined images, she transferred the characters. Notice the image is reversed but that is completely ok for cakes!Β  Every bit of black icing may not transfer. That is also ok also because it’s simple to fill in later. Once the image was on the cake, Christina had a blast coloring!Β  She used #7 tips, which are medium and round, on all the colors (a fairly easy coloring job!)

After filling in the colors, she went back and outlined more heavily with the black icing. Then some sprinkles, which we found in the clearanced Halloween section of Wal-Mart, were added for preschool pleasure. Lastly, she piped “Happy Birthday, Esther!” and added a shell border.

This is not a cake that Christina whipped out in an hour. It took most of the evening for her toΒ  find the design, mix the colors, and decorate the cake. Thus, grocery store cakes have their place – most definitely! Such time is not always available – especially for moms! However, this cake is a precious gift. I was blessed to see the joy Christina received as she worked. Each step of the process, she kept her little sister in mind. “She’s going to LOVE this, Mom! It’s perfect! OH… I can’t wait until tomorrow!” were some of her expressions of anticipation, and I agree. I can’t wait either!

Esther IS going to love it! (More to come… πŸ™‚ )

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6 Responses to “Esther’s Pooh Cake (From a Coloring Page!)”

  1. Cindy Says:

    That’s wonderful! You should see the disasters this family has to consume. It’s barely even cake, when I do it. Not that it tastes bad, but my cake-decorating is an absolute horror. I’m a fine cook, but I need to work on presentation. ;0)

  2. Boo Jobe Says:

    What a work of art!!!!! Wish we had some!!!!

  3. Catherine Mikkola Says:

    Wow! Christina, that is *beautiful*!!! Great job! I bet Esther is thrilled.

    And, Tina, I think you did a terrific job taking the photos. πŸ™‚

  4. Christina Says:

    Thanks everyone!
    Mom, I could NOT have done this without you, it was definitely a teamwork thing! It turned out well and the kids loved it!
    Just in case someone wants to use this idea, I actually used a #3 or #4 tip, not #7.

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