Groundhog Day Flower Pot Birthday Cake

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This one's a dark chocolate cake filled with layers of vanilla and chocolate buttercream. The groundhog's fur was piped in buttercream, nose and ears were made from black fondant, and the vase was covered in modeling chocolate tiles grouted with buttercream. The grass was made of modeling chocolate, and the flowers were my first attempt at gumpaste carnations. This was for my MIL (nicknamed Punkey), whose birthday happens to fall on the day after Punxsutawney's Day. I was so dying to take a stab at one of Colette's cakes, so this was my chance to give it a try. I really had a blast putting this one together!