Just like in years past, my sister in-law and I came together to lovingly create a birthday cake for my niece. This time around, we made this super cute Winnie the Pooh bear cake and Honey Bee Cupcakes!
This cake was a little less involved than some of the cakes we’ve attempted, but I still love it, and the birthday girl did too. 🙂
The cake was the same wonderful chocolate cake that has quickly become my go-to, and we frosted it with my cake instructor Fran’s reliable decorator’s buttercream tinted a soft seafom green.
To decorate, we created a fondant Winnie the Pooh figure using a fabulous tutorial from Lynlees, and used the same icing to pipe drop flowers (1M and 4B tips) in pink and purple, and grass (#233 tip) in bright green. To tie it all together we added a few of the extra bumble bees from the cupcakes. Quick, but adorable! 😀
For decor, my MIL did an incredible job with an 100 Acre Wood garden themed decor, complete with signage, and used a classic wicker picnic basket as a simple cake stand.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp espresso powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs large
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare two 6x3-inch cake pans by lining with parchment and greasing.
Add dry ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until well combined. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add boiling water, and mix on high speed for 1 minute.
Distribute batter between the cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick tests clean. Allow to cool and use a knife to release the sides before removing from the pan.