Make-a-Cake Series: Character Figures
Did you notice the winner of the Wordy Bird giveaway? Scroll down or click here.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Every kid wants their favorite character on top of their birthday cake, right?
Making characters for the top of a cake can be tricky.
I am going to show you how I made a character figure and hopefully it will give you some steps to and tricks to get started on your little ones favorite character.
Do you know who Foofa is?
Do your kids watch the show Yo Gabba Gabba?
My little girls love that show.
Does anyone know what it is about that show that is so captivating?
I don’t quite get it.
She looks like this:
Gumpaste modeling tools
Picture of your character
So we start building from the bottom up.
(And I keep the picture out the entire time so that I can constantly refer to it.)
Make two balls about the same size. One for each leg.
Roll them out into logs.
Take your gumpaste tool that looks like this (or the backside of a butter knife) and press down while pushing up with your finger on the end.
Cut out flowers.
We are going to need two flowers for Foofa.
One for the collar that goes around her neck and one for on top of her head.
Cut out 1 larger and thicker flower for the collar.
Cut out a smaller and thinner flower for the head.
Start out with two balls the same size. Roll them out leaving thicker “balls” at the end for hands.
Place the legs in the shape of a V with the feet facing out.
Add a small amount of water at the top of the legs and attach the body.
Add water to the back of the arm and place it on the figure, making sure it wraps around to the back of the body. Repeat on the other side with the second arm.
Add the thicker larger flower to the top of the body.
I use a toothpick inserted into the body to hold on the head. It’s extra support just in case.
Foofa has a teardrop shaped head, and I gave her the post on top to attach the flower.
(I use Americolor Food Writer markers. I like this type because the tips are like a paintbrush)
I rolled out some gumpaste very thin. Then I used the cap from the food color marker and cut out eyes.
I placed the eye on the table and traced it with black food coloring marker to get the outline.
Attach the eyes with water to the head.
By this time, the smaller flower will be dry enough to attach.
Draw a center to the flower with a yellow food color marker and attach the flower with a little bit of water.
Attach the head.
Place a small amount of water on the collar around the toothpick.
Slide the head down the toothpick onto the body.
It’s not perfect…but there is a decent similarity, right?
I think it works great!
Give it a try!
Next week I am going to continue with another post on figures.
It will be little pandas next time……too cute!