Dinosaur Head Topper
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.