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Fondant Diego: Photo Tutorial

5 May

Last week I had the opportunity to make a Diego cake.  Here is a photo tutorial on how I created the character.

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(post on making hands coming soon)

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Here is my Dora tutorial.
To see more of my cakes visit my website: http://www.canadiancakefactory.ca

My First Wired Flower — magnolia tutorial

11 Oct

I decided to make my first wired flower last week.  I received a request for a 50th anniversary cake and I thought it was a great opportunity to try something new.

Here is the final cake.
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I am going to show you how I made the flower on top of the cake.

1 – I made a white gumpaste oval and added a wire.  I used scissors to make small cuts around the top of the oval to create the texture.
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2.  Next I made the petals.  I rolled out a thin layer of gumpaste on the wilton flower impression mat.  It has a wire groove on the back of it that you use to insert the wire into the gumpaste.   After I had a thin layer I cut out the petal.  If you have a petal cutter, use that.  I did not have one the right size so I used a heart cutter and just cut it once and then turned the cutter and cut again to create the petal shape.   I dipped the wire in some tylose glue and then inserted it and used the front of the impression mat to create the veining on the flower.    Each petal was laid to dry on a soup spoon (hubby says we don’t get to eat when I make flowers lol).  When they were done they looked like this:
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3.  I dusted both the center and the petals with a light yellow petal dust.
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4.  I added three petals first so they would be closest to the center.

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5. Then I added the back petals

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That’s about it.  It was a lot easier then I expected so don’t be intimidated to try it.
Thanks for reading 🙂

Present Bow Tutorial

20 Mar

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You will need a mat, rolling pin, ruler, knife (and/or pizza cutter) and fondant tylose mix or gumpaste

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1. Roll out the fondant and cut it into 1″ x 5″ pieces.  You will need up to 12 pieces but make a few extra in case of breakage

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2. Fold each piece in half

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3. Cut the corners off of each piece

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4.  Glue the bottom of each loop closed

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5. Cut one more small piece 1″ x 3″, fold it, glue it but do not cut off the corners

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6. Rest all the pieces on their sides and leave them to dry for 24 hours
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7.  Cut out a 2″ circle and glue 6 pieces onto it Image

8. add a bit of fondant into the empty space in the middle and add more glue
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9. Add the top layer (I used another 6 pieces because of the alternating colours, normally I would use 5 pieces on top)
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10.  Add the top loop
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And you are done!  Give it a day to dry and add it to your cake 🙂

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How To: Eeyore Tutorial

21 Oct

So this is my first tutorial.  I hope to do a bunch of these.

I used a 50/50 blend of gumpaste and fondant to make Eeyore.

1. Make a cone shaped lump for the body out of dark blue.  Create a curved spine along the back of the cone (see pic).
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2,  Create a light blue flat oval and add it onto the body.

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3. Push together a piece of dark blue fondant with a smaller piece of light blue.  Form into a leg.  Use a veining tool to create the creases in the legs.
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4. Repeat for other hind and front legs.

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5. At this point I left Eeyore to harden for a couple days.

6. To make his head I made two ovals, one of dark and one light.  I cut 1/3 off of both ovals and then glued the 2/3 portion of the dark to the 1/3 portion of the light.  Like this.

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7.  Attach the head to the body with a toothpick and gumpaste glue.  Take a piece of dark blue and blend it along the back of Eeyore’s neck to bring the two pieces together.  To make the gumpaste a bit more pliable I put it in the microwave briefly.  I could not get a perfect blend but I think it looks better then two separate pieces.

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8.  Add all the details.  I used a toothpick to add some lines and nostrils to Eeyore’s face.  I rolled out a spade shape of dark blue and added a smaller pink layer for each ear.  I used a petal and a circle cutter for his eyes and small strips for eyebrows.

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9.  Don’t forget his tail – a stripe of dark blue fondant with a pink bow, black tip and the nail.  I forgot to take a picture of this…

10.  Here he is on the cake.

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Thanks for reading 🙂