Okay, here finally my master piece. ;-)
This is how the Winnie Pooh cake turned out. It was by no means perfect - but oh well. I am trying to think - as long as my daughter does not care for perfectionism I should take it easy as well!
I was actually quite surprised that I managed to make a recognizeable Winnie Pooh bear out of fondant. (Please DO NOT tell me otherwise!!!) At least my daughter instantly recognized "Winnie Pooh!" Well, I do admit that it might have helped that Winnie Pooh always wears a red sweater ... :-) If I think back to my first attempt of making a fondant bear ... oh well ... (I might post some pictures some time soon of my other "cake adventures" so you'll see what I'm talking about.)
The thing I like most about this cake however are - the bees. I don't know why ... but I find them cute! And believe me - those stupid tiny little things were quite some work! I think in the end I probably spent more time on making bees than on the rest of the cake decorating. (However, I made too many bees. I realized that once I tried to put them ON the cake. So I have a bunch still sitting around waiting to be used.)
I was also quite pleased with the taste of the fondant. This marshmallow fondant in my opinion does really have a different taste compared to the "real" fondant. However, I prefer the marshmallow fondant.
For the cake itself I made a simple vanilla and a chocolate cake. (My daughter could not decide which of the two she would rather have ... So mommy made both ...) I cut the two cakes into two layers. I was planning on four layers - alternating the colours. But when putting everything together the cake simply got too high and it would have looked rather weird. So I decided to only use three layers. I put everything together with a vanilly cream/frosting kinda thing ... and I was so happy that it turned out so well.
I have never made a layered cake before - at least not with different layers ... so I was rather scared that somehow the layers might get squashed together and not be recognizeable anymore. But they were fine!
Of course my daughter ended up eating only the cream that was between the cake layers instead of the whole cake ... but I guess that's something one has to live with when being a mom!
Last year she did not even try her birthday cake AT ALL (at least not at her birthday)! So I am making progress and am quite pleased! :-)
Update: I added a post with tips for using fondant and also a post with photos of other cakes I have decorated with fondant ... if you are interested ...