When I was much much much younger, I would be sprawled on the floor in front of the box set, watching Winnie the Pooh (I think it’s called Welcome to Pooh Corner), fascinated by the warm and friendly intonation of the old British grandpa narrating the story at the beginning. Years later, I find myself collecting the different Winnie the Pooh soft toys, and receiving varied Pooh merchandise from friends and family each year. And now that I’m all of twenty-six years and one week, I still find myself singing the whole theme song.
Especially while preparing for this particular cupcake order.
While I was making the fondant for the order, the mother saw a glimpse of the Pooh faces, and asked how old the “little girl” was, jumping on the assumption that it must have been an order for a client’s daughter. When I replied in the negative, she simply exclaimed “Ohhhh… like you.”
This was an order from a lovely lady for her colleague’s birthday, and the specific information given was that the recipient “loves Winnie the Pooh to the max”. The colours were up to me, but she mentioned wanting more Winnie the Pooh fondant cutout, and to “make the cuppies cute”.
I couldn’t help but to include a cute lil bee with the quintessential hunny honey pot, in place of an apostrophe for her birthday message “HAPPY B’DAY”. While I find the bee totally adorable (it’s been on my list of fondant to-dos), it freaked the mister out; I believe it must have been the size of the bee in proportion to the honey pot!
As fate would decree it to be, this “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff” still made an appearance for my birthday this year. I got a Pooh balloon from the mister (to accompany the Super Grover soft toy he customised!), but some of the many favourite things I received were the cylinder of fondant tools, and the gumpaste flower-making set from him. Both without which, the Winnie the Pooh cupcake order would have been more difficult and time-consuming to complete. I had been eyeing these two items for ages, and now I’m obsessed with discovering the usage of the different tools!
Oh, and in response to some of the Twitter enquiries I received, and those who were wondering about the Pooh faces, I simply used the cookie cutter from my shop, and went fondant crazy with the details.