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Southampton toddler Charlie Mitchell was puzzled when he first saw his groundhog birthday cake, but the top hat, soccer ball and rich chocolate taste won him over as his family, including mom Lisa Jaeques, celebrated his second birthday Feb. 2. SUBMITTED.

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When he first saw his birthday cake, Charlie Mitchell, 2, of Southampton was puzzled by the realistic-looking rodent, but the jaunty top hat, soccer ball and rich chocolate cake soon won him over as his family celebrated his second birthday Feb. 2.

A planned Groundhog Day family outing to see Wiarton Willie had to be cancelled because Charlie was a little under the weather, but he still enjoyed his scaled- back family celebration, thanks to the baking and decorating skills of two of his mother’s talented co-workers at Rexall Pharma Plus in Southampton.

Cake baker Wendy Muma and decorator Alida Cameron jumped at the chance to create Charlie’s celebratory cake to mark his palindrome birthday and Groundhog Day.

“It was a gift – it was done as a favour, and the best part was the look on [mom Lisa Jaecques’] face when she picked up the cake. Warm fuzzies,” said Cameron in an interview.

Using gum paste to create the vest, bow tie, top hat and groundhog features – beady eyes and prominent buck teeth – Cameron, a self-taught baker/decorator, said although the fine details were a challenge, it was also a lot of fun.

“I heard that Charlie just couldn’t blow out the candles – he’s too young, but that everyone at his party enjoyed the cake.”

For mom Jaecques, who said she’s relatively new to the community as store manager at Pharma Plus, it was much more than just a great tasting cake.

“Wendy and Alida just started brainstorming. I haven’t worked here very long, so it nice to see them welcoming me and celebrating with Charlie, and the cake tasted wonderful,” Jaecques said in a Feb. 3 telephone interview, adding charlie’s dad, Mike Mitchell also enjoyed the cake.

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Wearing a top hat and holding a soccer ball, this chocolate groundhog cake, baked and decorated by two Southampton co-workers for a colleague’s two-year-old son, delighted all who saw, and ate it.

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