I love the look of the fondant ruffles and scrunchy ruffles. I recently finished a cake with this technique on one of the tiers and was asked by several people how I did it. Hard to take pictures of myself (LOL) so I propped my phone up and took a video. I'm gonna post it but beware - it is my first video. Hope this makes some sense :) Here is the link to the video..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVIekyCVd0I
When I received an order for a cake with a large dinosaur head topper, I was a bit intimidated. I am not much of a sculptor and a template wasn't going to help me on this one so I had to just dive in and work with it. Materials needed are Rice Krispie Treats/RKT (I use individually packaged treats and heat them so they are easier to work with), fondant with tylose powder mixed in or gum paste and a tool that has curved edges to make the scale impressions (you can also use a round pastry tip).
First I used 7-8 large RKT. Unwrapped them and heated in the microwave for about 8 seconds (time depends on microwave). You want the treats to soften but you don't want them to get to warm or they are impossible to work with. I put the treats together and formed the head. I made sockets for the eyes.
Next, I rolled my fondant out and covered the head twice, making sure to retain the shapes of my eye sockets. If you want the area around the eyes to be larger, you can add a bit of fondant on that area before you cover it. I did not coat the topper with buttercream or chocolate as I wanted to retain some of the texture from the RKT - since, of course, dinosaurs have textured skin. Once it was covered, I made an indentation where his mouth should be. You need to make it wide enough to get his big teeth in there.
Once he's covered, I use a little fondant tool with a curved edge (or you can use a round pastry tip) to make "scale" impressions in his skin.
I added scales over the entire surface of his head - those look like scales, don't they??
Next thing I did was added some shading around his eyes, nose and mouth. I used a mixture of dark green and charcoal luster dust. This was a preliminary dusting. Once I had his eyes and teeth in place, I went over the rest of the head where I saw fit.
I moved onto his gnarly teeth and eyes. I rolled out small balls of white fondant, shaped them into tear drop shapes and then flattened to achieve a "tooth" look. I totally didn't get picture of making his eyes but it's very simple. Roll two equal sized balls of white fondant, flatten them some/shape and insert in eye sockets. Cut a round brown fondant and place on the white, then a smaller round black piece of fondant and add it on top of the brown.
I attached the eyeballs with some sugar glue and then added the teeth one by one - also using the sugar glue. I found it easier to add a couple on top, then a couple on bottom and repeat till both top and bottom are full.
Next for his claws. I rolled a piece of fondant into somewhat of a thumb shape.
Using an exacto or a knife, cut a slit about 2/3 of the way up. Once it's split, you will thin out the two "fingers/claws" and shape. I narrowed down toward where his fingernail would go. I rolled out two pieces of equal sized white fondant and shaped into the nails
I rolled out two pieces of equal sized white fondant and shaped into the nails - curve them slightly. I attached to the green fingers with Sugar glue. Add the texture to his skin with the tool used previously - when adding scales to the head. Add shading, like what was done on the head. I dried mine with the nails slightly hanging over a cake pan to retain the curve in the nails.
And there he is. Not quite as serious looking as I wanted it to be but for the first time, I was happy with it! Hopefully, his boy was happy with him too.
Making a fondant party hat is easy with the appropriate template and a little patience. It makes a great topper for a birthday cake. You will need fondant or gum paste (I use fondant mixed with enough Tylose powder to hold a shape), sugar glue (Tylose/water mix), small paint brush, party hat template, circle cutter and some small scissors.
I've found a great recipe for strawberry filling using fresh strawberries. The secret with this recipe is to cook it long enough so that it will reduce and gel properly when cooled. I had to make it 3 times before I got the right consistency.
You're going to start with some fresh red strawberries. It usually takes 1 1/2 of the larger containers from the grocery store.
Cut the caps and stems off and chop the strawberries into very coarse pieces. You will need 2 1/2 cups
Mix the strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a medium heavy saucepan.
Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Crush the pieces of strawberry against the sides of the pan with your spoon while cooking. This will release the juices into your mixture.
Once your mixture has reached a boil, continue boiling for 2 1/2 minutes to thicken. Make sure to constantly stir so that it doesn't burn on the bottom. Your mixture will be chunky.
Once your mixture is thick, pour into a bowl, cover and cool completely in the fridge. I usually cook the day before I need it so it has ample time to cool and thicken a little more. When filling your cake, make sure to put your buttercream (frosting) dam around the edges of your tier so that the filling won't ooze out the sides of your cake after you've added other layers.
Deeeeelicious! Also is great on ice-cream :) Enjoy!!
This was my first attempt at a "sculpted" cake and I have to say, I was a bit intimidated. Would my minion have a flattened head, a lopsided head, would he end up looking squatty or cattywampus or would I even be able to get the shape covered with fondant. The process was not near as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, it was somewhat easy and a great start for a caker who is beginning to do sculpted cakes. Although, I didn't capture everything, I thought I would share some parts of my journey with making this little fella :). Once you've done it, you won't want to let him go.
This minion, let's call him Bob, was originally four 8" layers of cake (double barrel cake). The top 2 layers are on a separate cake board (can't see it) to make it easier to serve. I neglected to get a picture of the stack when I was starting or carving but am posting a picture to show an example of the double barrel. For Bob, The cake was torted, filled with buttercream and stacked. Before crumb coating the outside of the cake, the top was carved cutting off the baked edges on the top of the stacked cake until you get a nice dome shape. It is best to carve your cake when it is close to frozen as you will get a better cut without tearing up your cake. Start small and don't get over zealous with cutting. If you cut to much, hard to fix, if you cut to little, you can carve some more. Once your cake has an acceptable shape, crumb coat the outside. Little chill for an hour and then add your final coat of Buttercream. make sure your sides and top are all even and smooth (as you would with any cake that will be covered with fondant). I use the Viva paper towel method and a fondant smoother to do this. On Bob's head, I have to use my hands over the paper towel to get it all nice and smooth.
Next step was to place Bob on his decorated parking spot (cake board) and say my prayers that the fondant would go on easily without tearing. I use marshmallow fondant. Yep, I make my own. I love it. It tastes worlds better than traditional fondant and is fairly easy to work with. Now I am not a mathematical whiz or a person who can decipher the size my rolled out fondant should be to insure I have a big enough piece to cover my cake. I use the old eyeball method. So far, it hasn't failed me. I always roll it out a little bigger than I think will be required. Easier to cut excess off rather than run short and have to start all over. Make sure you have kneaded you'r fondant well and that it is nice and pliable. I rolled mine out a little thicker than normal so that when fitting the fondant smoothly around Bob's sides, it would stretch a little without tearing. Happy to say that God answers prayers and my fondant made it without incident :)
Next step for me was to add Bob's overalls (he was getting cold). The easiest way for me to do the overalls the right shape was to make a pattern out of wax paper. I estimated the size, held the pattern up to the minion and cut off areas that were too long or not proportionately the way I wanted them (regardless of what Bob said). I used my final pattern by placing it on my rolled out blue fondant and cut the shape out with my exacto knife. I made the overall stripes and the pocket for the front of the overalls. Before dressing Bob, I used a nifty little tool, not sure what it's called, I'll call it the stitching tool. It is sold by Wilton and I love it. I use it a lot. I outlined my pieces with this tool so it would look like it was stitched.
Once the pieces were stitched I applied a little sugar glue (water mixed with Tylose powder) to the backsides of the pieces and applied to Bob's body. Make sure when putting the straps on, that you leave enough room to place his arms. Then I added his eye (Bob needed to see). I used a circle cutter to cut out a white piece of fondant for the eye and then cut a portion of a yellow piece of fondant for the bottom piece of the eye - then added the rest of his eye. I also rolled out a "rope" of blue fondant and cut into two equal pieces for his legs. Shape them with your fingers to get a realistic shaped leg and not just a round stick. I used a toothpick to imprint little wrinkles in his legs.
Next step, I added his mouth, tongue and the black goggle outline around his eye.
Then I added some black shoes that I shaped by hand, the little sprigs of hair on his head and the stripes to his goggle. I rolled out yellow ropes to a size I thought were fitting for his arms and attached little black hands. I made the small cake to place in front of him. Frosted it with buttercream and a cherry on top. I found a template on line (template below). Cut out my fondant, added the polka dots and let it dry overnight to that it would retain it's shape (before putting on Bob's head). I apologize for not having other progression pictures - I got to involved with Bob. I hope that this is in some way helpful to someone who is contemplating making their own minion.
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