A few weeks ago, I got my first paid cake pop job!! Up until this point, I had just been making cake pops for friends, family, or fun occasions. But after a friend of the family saw my Football Cake Pops at my nephew’s first birthday party, she asked if I would be willing to make some cake pops for her niece’s first birthday. Of course I said yes!!
The little girl’s name was Gabby and her birthday party was Winnie the Pooh themed. When I heard this, I was SO excited because Winnie the Pooh was my favorite Disney character growing up (and still is my favorite today)! When I was a toddler, I used to watch a Winne the Pooh VHS tape (yes, VHS tape!!) over and OVER and OVER again. It was the only thing I would watch. I watched it so many times I still could probably quote the whole movie today!
Having this inspiration behind me, I did some research on how to shape and decorate Winnie the Pooh cake pops, and of course the Queen of Cake Pops, Bakerella, came up in my search! Her cake pops are impeccable and mine could never in a million years measure up to hers, but she did have a great guide for “Winnie the Pooh and Hunny, too” cake pops that I could follow to shape the Pooh Bear heads and the honey pots.
I also tried using an edible ink pen for the first time ever while making these cake pops! Unfortunately, the brand I purchased at the craft store was a Wilton brand edible ink pen. It was TERRIBLE! I managed to draw Pooh Bear’s smiles on, but had a lot of trouble writing “HUNNY” on the pots. The ink seemed to not want to take to the hard candy coating. I was able to sloppily write on about five of them, but it proved to be difficult and not great-looking so I gave up. Luckily, the plain honey pots were still cute. I did reach out to a girl I went to high school with that also makes GORGEOUS cake pops. She recommended purchasing an Americolor edible ink pens, which the company calls Americolor Gourmet Writers. Apparently they are difficult to find in stores, so you must purchase online. I will definitely be doing this for the next set of cake pops I make!!
After I made my pops, I created a fun display to put them in. I got a “photo box” from a craft store, lined the bottom with foam, and then covered the foam with Easter grass!! (That was my great deal find…I went shopping around Easter when paper Easter grass was on sale. I bought lots of extra grass to in almost every color for future projects…now just need to find a place to store the extra grass). I got a square scrapbook paper page with a Winnie the Pooh Print and backed it on cardboard to serve as a backdrop. I then decorated it and the box with Winnie the Pooh Stickers, Birthday Stickers, and glittery green alphabet stickers to spell out “Happy Birthday Gabby!”
When the friend of the family stopped by my house to pick up the finished product, she almost cried! She loved the whole presentation so much!! She later told me they were the hit of the party!!! I am so happy I could contribute to this Gabby’s First Birthday milestone and make it a memorable one!!!