- I’d already set my heart on using modelling chocolate to make my figures. I’d never worked with it before but was determined to use it as I felt that it best gave the effect that I desired. I love how it has a slight shine to it due to the cocoa butter, I think that this gives characters a more believable ‘skin’ effect.
- I wanted to make my figures as realistic as possible.
- I wanted people to be able to read the characters’ personalities from their expressions.
- I’d read all the guidelines on competition entries for each individual class and was undecided on whether to enter the ‘Novelty Cake’ class or the ‘Sculpted Novelty Cake’ Class as the only element of my cake I’d decided on so far was the figures! However, both classes stated that EVERYTHING had to be edible and you aren’t allowed to use supports or dummies. This worried me slightly as I was unsure how I’d be able to get some of the more difficult shaped figures to balance and not break, especially on the 2 hour drive down to Birmingham!
- I wanted my cake to be big and have a wow factor about not only the detail in the figures but also in whatever I chose to decorate my cake as.
- Impress my mum and dad as they were the ones to pressure me into entering and I wanted to prove to them that I could do it!
I chose to start with Scott as I wanted to start with the main characters who are all in the fraternity Oozma Kappa. Scott looked to me as though he had the most simple shape and as I wasn’t confident with figure modelling I thought I’d give myself the easiest start possible.
1. I started by mixing a pale fleshy pink colour from white modelling chocolate. Using my picture reference, judging the size difference between him and some of the other characters I was able to estimate accurately how big he should be. I coloured enough modelling chocolate to create the entire body and leave enough left over for any extras. From this, I then rolled a smooth ball and made it into a pear shape, rounding and shaping the head with my fingers. I then smoothed out any marks with a damp flat paintbrush. Next, I flattened his bottom end against my work surface and began to manoeuver it with my fingers at the sides, back and front to create his feet. I then carefully sliced through the middle with a small palette knife to create two feet. Using my fingertips I then gently pressed on each foot to create the shape of his foot. I defined this further with a Dresden tool. I then used the Dresden tool to mark his mouth. With a ball tool I then created five evenly spaced eye sockets. Taking my coloured modelling chocolate that I’d made for extras, I took two small pieces, gently flattened them to shape with my fingers and using a damp paintbrush I smoothed them above the corners of his smile to create two cheeks.
2. From uncoloured white modelling chocolate I then created five small balls for his eyes. I dabbed each eye socket with glue and placed the eyes inside.
3. I then painted on his eyes and eyebrows with a small paintbrush using rainbow dust colours and isopropyl alcohol. With a slightly larger brush I then lightly dusted him with pink Rainbow Dust, giving shadow and definition to areas such as his mouth and feet.
4. Next, I coloured some modelling chocolate pale green. I rolled a small fat sausage and then rolled it out with a rolling pin. Using a cutting wheel I then cut off the ends so as I had a flat rectangle long enough to wrap around his body. With a stitching wheel I then created the knitted jumper effect. I lightly glued his body and placed the jumper around him, carefully trimming it to size. I then blended the joins together using a damp paintbrush. Using a Dresden tool I then marked a neckline and a bottom trim. From my pink modelling chocolate I then shaped two even arms, gently flattening the ends for his hands and snipping a small thumb using a small pair of scissors. I glued one on so as it was at his side and the other so as it was bent into a waving position.
5. From my green modelling chocolate I then made him a hat by rolling a small ball measuring it against his head for size and then flattening it gently, rounding the edges with my fingers. I then attached it to the centre of his head with glue. Next I made the peak of the cap by rolling out a small piece of modelling chocolate and cutting the shape out using a cutting wheel. I then rolled a small ball for the centre and attached it with glue. I finished it off by making markings with a Dresden tool. I then rolled out some modelling chocolate for the sleeves of his jumper. Again I made two small rectangles and made their markings with a stitching wheel. I attached each one around the arms, trimmed to size and blended in the joins with a damp paintbrush. I then gently dusted his hat and jumper with rainforest green Rainbow Dust.
6. Using Royal Icing coloured brown I then piped his hair coming out from under his hat using a number two nozzle. To finish him off I painted ‘OK’ on his jumper using mustard Rainbow Dust, which is the abbreviation for his fraternity ‘Oozma Kappa’.
I decided to attempt to make Mike next as I was pleased with how Scott had turned out and I’d decided that if I wanted to go ahead and complete a Monsters University cake I was going to have to make sure that the two main characters, Mike and Sully where spot on.
1. First I needed to make his pea green colour exactly right. I did this by mixing Sugar Flair food colouring, Autumn Leaf, Spruce Green and Egg Yellow is small amounts into white modelling chocolate until the colour was achieved. Next I rolled a smooth ball. I then compared this against Scott Squishy Squibbler to see if it was approximately the right size. I then made my ball into a slight tear drop shape. Using a Ball tool I then made his eye socket. The ball tool had to be pushed in at several different angles and gently pressed and circled to create a large enough eye socket. Using a Dresden tool I then carefully marked a thin circle around the eye socket. I then gently went back into the top half pushing upwards to create the eye lid. Using a damp paintbrush I then smoothed out any marks.
From white modelling chocolate I then rolled a smooth ball for his eye. I lightly glued the inside of the eye socket and placed the eye inside. I then lightly marked out his mouth with a Dresden tool. Using a small palette knife I then carefully cut around his mouth and gently dug out the middle to create his big smile. From white modelling chocolate I then lightly flattened a small piece of paste for a tongue. I dabbed the inside of his mouth with glue and placed the tongue in the centre and marked a line down the middle with a Dresden tool. This also helped to secure it. I then painted it using Rose Rainbow Dust and created shadow and shading with black before painting the entire of the inside black. I then lightly glued the top and bottom of his mouth. From white modelling chocolate I then made ten small teeth and carefully pressed them in place using a cocktail stick. I then rolled a tiny thin sausage for his brace. I lightly dabbed his top teeth with glue. I started by attaching the brace at either end onto his teeth at the far sides using a cocktail stick. I then gently went along the length of it and secured it. whilst I left this to dry I then began to paint his eye using Black and Rainforest Green Rainbow Dust. I then went back and painted the brace Silver.
2. I was slightly worried about how to make his legs and arms as they are so thin in comparison to the rest of his body and I didn’t know how the legs would carry his weight. I decided to use Flower Paste as this dries rock hard and is difficult to break. I rolled two thin straight sausages for his legs and two thin sausages about the same length and width for his arms. I gently bent one so as it would be hanging by his side casually and bent the other as if he had his hand on his hip. I then left them to dry over night.
I then shaded his body with Rainforest Green Rainbow Dust and painted the remaining details of his eye with a small paintbrush.
Once the legs had dried I used a Ball tool to gently press two indents into the bottom of his body where his legs would be. Very gently I then pushed each leg into the indents until they were at the length I wanted them. I then took them back out and dabbed the insides of the two holes with glue and also slightly filled them with Royal Icing before placing he legs back inside and leaving to dry. Once dry I then rolled out some of my green modelling chocolate very thinly and cut two thin strips to wrap around the legs. I brushed both legs with glue and carefully wrapped the chocolate around each one, removing any excess with a Cutting wheel. I then disguised the joins with a damp paintbrush. I then rolled two small balls and lightly flattened them before pressing each one on the legs to create knees. Again I blended these in using a damp brush.
3. I then did the same for his arms, creating an indent to secure them into. Once secured I then covered them with a thin layer of green modelling chocolate and disguised the joins. I also decided to give him a bit of a thigh at the top of his legs as this would also help to secure them. I did this the same way as the knees, by taking two small pieces of green chocolate and carefully blending them in to the tops of his legs and the bottom of his body.
For each hand I took a small ball of green modelling chocolate and made it into a slight pear shape and slightly flattened the wide end. I then snipped into it to create four small fingers using a small pair of scissors. Using a Dresden tool I then marked out knuckles and nails. I wanted one hand in a relaxed position and one with all the fingers bent into a fist. I did this by simply pushing each finger up into his palm with a cocktail stick. I then carefully attached each hand to the ends of his arms. For the bent arm I lightly dabbed his side with glue and secured the hand against it. I positioned sponges under his arms and hands whilst they dried. I then painted his nails with White Rainbow Dust and dusted the rest of his hand with Rainforest Green where I wanted shadowing.
4. For now that was all I could do as I felt that it was best to wait until I had covered a cake board and decided the positioning of my Monsters before I attached his feet as I felt that this would make him more stable.