Last January, I was challenged to come up with a delicious and kid friendly dairy free and soy free chocolate recipe for Russel’s birthday cake.  Jake and the Neverland Pirate’s inspired it, which was in the shape of a treasure chest, map of his favorite places for the board, and of course some gold coins.

When August came around, Russel’s parents called again, this time for Mia.  Mia was turning three and when they asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said a cake like her brother’s.  Didn’t that just make me feel all warm and fuzzy…  Don’t remember exactly what I would have asked for when I was three, but likely it came in a cardboard box and required assembly and/or batteries.

Mia carries a stuffed owl and wanted it to be the focus of her birthday cake.  There was some debate if it would be an owl inspired by Winnie the Pooh, or the one she carries, but in the end, to me, whatever is most personal is the best way to go.

Mia and her Owl

What really makes Mia’s owl special is its hot pink sparkly collar, that holds a heart shaped locket.   Its what makes it hers and of course it had to be included. The owl itself had definitely seen some action, so we decided to focus on a more groomed version of it.

Her parents were pretty sure that she would love it no matter, maybe not notice any differences in it.  But to me, the most important thing to me was that when Mia saw it, she recognized it as hers.   As a throwback to the Winnie the Pooh theme, we decided on a forest log for the cake.  This way, Mia wouldn’t have to cut into her owl if she didn’t want to.

What would your cakestory be?