Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read Possum Magic by Mem Fox or want to re-fresh your memory I highly recommend watching this 8 minute reading on YouTube – because my blog post is going to give the end away! (Click here for Possum Magic)
I absolutely loved the idea of the cake I made this week. My friend’s daughter turned one today and my friend wanted the theme of the cake to be Possum Magic. Not only that, but she had a specific idea of how she wanted the cake. When she told me it sounded very interesting, but I had no idea what she was talking about! So I watched the YouTube reading of the book and absolutely loved the idea and loved the book!
Possum Magic is about Grandma Poss (possum) and how she uses her best bush magic to make Hush (granddaughter) invisible so she is safe from the dangers of the Australian bush and of course so Hush can have adventures. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way around Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. And here is the spoiler – the three foods that make Hush visible are Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and Lamingtons. Three of the best Australian foods in my opinion!
My friend said the cake was just like she imagined! And then she told me about the birthday party she had planned. They were going to a park and they were going to read Possum Magic and then they were going to eat Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and you guessed it – Lamingtons! What an awesome idea! And then they were going to have the cake! Such a beautiful idea and now I am craving Vegemite Sandwiches!!!
I know I have a few readers outside of Australia – hello Well just in case you didn’t know, Possums (on the left below and that are from the Eastern Hemisphere – Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi and introduced to New Zealand and China) are different from Opossums (on the right below and that are from the Western Hemisphere). I think I only worked that out a couple of years ago, I guess I never thought of what an opossum was. And I love the word Opossum and I think they are funny looking creatures, and they sure look like they could get up to some mischief!
Okay, Aussie possums can get up to mischief like this greedy one! But opossums are considered nature’s minivan!
My friend also asked me if I had time to make a second cake for her daughter so she could take one to playgroup. I did stay up pretty late finishing off the cakes, but I also left them to the last-minute. I suffer really badly from procrastination-itis! I definitely could have prepared on the weekend, but I chilled out in front of the TV instead. So I really did have time! Let’s hope I am a good girl for the next cake!!
I asked my friend if she wanted a pink themed cake and she said no! She said she wasn’t bothered by pink, so how about yellow. She is a girl after my own heart. I have never liked pink. I occasionally wear it, the only reason is so that it breaks up the blue and black! When I thought of yellow I thought of bumblebees and Winnie the Pooh! Pretty lucky girl getting two cakes! I hope she liked them and had a wonderful 1st birthday!
Source Possum photo: http://davidcook.com.au
Source Opossum photo: http://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/
Source Opossum with babies photo: http://animalia-life.com/opossum.html