After the competition in November I was determined to enter again in March’s Manchester Cake International show.
Again I wished to challenge myself to create something I’d never done before.
After studying Art and makeup and prosthetics I knew I had a love for drawing/creating people. Especially older people.. I love the details of skin and in my drawings I’ve always tried to capture the persons’ personality and emotion whilst making my drawings as realistic as possible. And whilst on my makeup course I had the chance to get a feel of what it’s like to create people/skin in a 3D form using silicone – making my Art even more realistic.
So for the Manchester Competition I decided that I wanted to make a life size bust of Mary Berry. She would be attending the show and so I thought it would be a great opportunity.
Like my Monsters University cake I entered her into the Sculpted Novelty Cake category which states that the entire cake must be edible and no internal supports are to be used. She was made entirely from Sponge cake and modelling chocolate. Her pearls where strung together using Royal Icing. The flags and board where made from Sugarpaste.
I was awarded a Silver medal for my cake!
I will be posting the stages of how I made her from start to finish soon.
Last week I received an invite to display my work at the Cake and Bake Show Manchester which opened its doors today and closes Sunday!
I travelled to the show yesterday to set up my table, it looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend!
I have left contact forms for people to fill out to keep informed about upcoming classes in our brand new classroom that opens in May!
I’ve also organised my first class on eventbrite.
Now that I was happy with both Scott and Mike I decided to try and tackle a more challenging character.
1. First I needed to make their tentacles so as they could be left to dry over night. I decided to use Flower Paste again as I wanted them to be solid and sturdy. I first coloured some Flower Paste a pale orange/yellow colour. I then rolled eight thin sausages of equal length and bent them into various shapes, some curled round flat on the floor and other curled upright. I then left them to dry.
The following day I used Orange Rainbow Dust mixed with isopropyl alcohol to paint orange stripes along each tentacle. Next I coloured white modelling chocolate Green (the same green as Scott’s jumper) and made a flat rounded rectangle shape for their main body. I then flattened the bottom of it against my work surface. I measured it against Scott and Mike for size. I then lightly dabbed the ends of each tentacle with glue and gently pushed them up into the base of the body. I directed all the tentacles outwards in a circular shape. I then stood the main body up and the tentacles were able to stand securely.
Using a stitching wheel I then marked the main body to give it a jumper effect. With a Dresden tool I then carefully marked around the bottom to give it a trim.
2. I then took two small pieces of green coloured chocolate and rolled them into two small balls to make the necks of their jumper. I lightly flattened the balls and made them look more like a cube shape with my fingers. I then used the Stitching wheel to make the jumper effect. I dabbed the top of the main body with glue and secured the jumper necks on top. With a Ball tool I then made a hole in each one ready for the necks to go into. I then dusted the bottom trim and the necks with Rainforest Green Rainbow Dust.
3. Next, I rolled a smooth ball from my yellow/orange coloured chocolate for the smaller head. I then made it into a slight tear drop shape and narrowed the bottom for the neck rolling it with my fingers against my palm. With a Ball tool I then made the eye socket and emphasised the top lid with a Dresden tool gently pushing upwards. I then rolled a smooth ball for the eye from white modelling chocolate. I lightly dabbed the inside of the eye socket with glue and pressed the eye inside. With a Dresden tool I then marked out the mouth and carefully cut around my markings with a small palette knife. I then dug out the middle. Using black Rainbow Dust I then coloured the inside of the mouth black, added a small piece of white modelling chocolate for the tongue and marked a line down the middle with a Veining Tool. I then painted the tongue pink and added some shadowing using the left over dust on my black paintbrush. Using white modelling chocolate I then made seven teeth with the front two being slightly bigger than the rest to give him a ‘goofy’ look. I then attached these by lightly covering the top of the mouth with glue and by using a cocktail stick to pick up and secure each tooth.
4. I then piped a little Royal Icing into the slightly smaller neck of the jumper and then lightly dabbed the neck of the head with edible glue. I then carefully balanced the head inside the neck of the jumper. With a Dresden Tool I then gently pressed the base of the neck into the neck of the jumper to blend the two together and to secure the head.
5. Once I had left the head to dry and I was happy that it was secure I was able to paint the eye on using a very fine paintbrush and Rainbow Dusts mixed with isopropyl alcohol. I then took a small piece of white modelling chocolate and rolled a small ball. I then rolled the top of it against my palm with my finger to turn it into a cone shape. I then gently flattened it creating more of a triangle shape for his horn. I lightly dabbed the top of his head with edible glue and then placed the horn on top. Using a Dresden Tool I then pressed the bottom two corners onto the top of his head to secure it. I then blended the edges in using a small damp paintbrush. Once it had dried I painted it using Milk Chocolate Rainbow Dust and then gave it some shadowing with a darker brown. I then gave his whole head some shadowing and extra detail using Orangeade coloured dust.
6. Using the same method as for the first head I then made the second but slightly bigger and rounder. I also made the entire head and decorated it before securing it into the jumper as I didn’t want to knock or damage the first. I went through the same process to create the eye except I made it slightly larger and using a small flattened piece of orange/yellow coloured modelling chocolate I was able to create an eyelid to make him appear dozy/chilled. I marked out the mouth using a Dresden Tool and used it to press in and upwards to give him a slight upper lip and also a space for his two teeth to fit into. I made two small teeth of slightly different sizes using white modelling chocolate. I glued them under his top lip using a small amount of edible glue. I then painted his eye using Rainbow Dusts and a fine paintbrush. Just like with the first head I made two horns. I then glued these to either side of his head and secured the corners down with a Dresden Tool before carefully blending them in with a small damp brush. I then painted these brown. I then shaded the head with Orangeade Dust to give contrast and shadowing.
7. I then secured the second head. As he was slightly larger and had a longer neck it proved more difficult to make him balance. In the end after several attempts and lots of bits of sponge! I decided that it was best to discreetly secure the two heads together so as they gave each other more support. I did this by brushing a small amount of Royal Icing between the two heads and gently pressed them together. I then blended away any visible Icing with a small damp paintbrush.
8. I then rolled four small sausages from my green coloured modelling chocolate for their arms. I measured them against each other to check that they were all equal in size. With a stitching wheel I then marked them all to give them a knitted jumper effect just like his main body. I then made an indentation at one end for the sleeves where the hands would be secured. I then cut off the opposite ends with a palette knife so as they were flat ready to secure to the body. Taking my orange/yellow coloured modelling chocolate I then rolled four small balls for their hands. I then made each one into a tear drop shape and slightly flattened the rounded ends, leaving a wrist and an area for the fingers. With a small pair of scissors I then cut four skinny long fingers into each hand. I then further defined these by slightly bending over the top of each finger and blending it in very carefully with a cocktail stick to the finger below to create a rounded ball shaped finger tip. With a Dresden Tool I then marked a small line in the centre of each hand to create a palm. I then dabbed the inside of each sleeve with glue and inserted the hands inside. I then took each arm and positioned it against the body to see where I wanted each one to bend. I then pushed a Dresden Tool into each arm and with it still in place I bent the arms into position. I then marked several creases around the bend and left the arms to dry for a few minutes.
I brushed the sides of the main body with edible glue and secured each arm into position by blending the edges of the arms into the body with a Dresden Tool before doing the same again with a small damp paintbrush. Anywhere that I’d distorted the knitting pattern slightly I carefully went back over with a Stitching Wheel. I wanted the hands on the side of the larger head to be positioned so as it appeared that he was leaning against his side. So I carefully bent each finger round to touch his palm using a cocktail stick. To further secure these two arms I also lightly dabbed the fists with glue and gently pressed them against his side.
9. Finally on the side with the smaller head and the hands with outstretched fingers I wanted the bottom hand to be holding a can of pop. Taking a small piece of white modelling chocolate I rolled it into smooth ball before making it into a can shape. With a Ball Tool I then carefully indented the top and bottom of the can. Using a Dresden Tool I then marked a line around the top and bottom of the can to show were the tin was. I then painted the top and bottom of the can with Silver Rainbow Dust. I then painted half of the can red and half of it purple. Finally with a fine paintbrush I then painted the word ‘Blob’ on the side. I wanted this to be displayed at the front so I dabbed the back of the can with edible glue and placed it in the lower outstretched hand. I then carefully wrapped each finger around the can with a cocktail stick.
To finish off I shaded in any shadowing with Orangeade Dust.
1. I started by colouring some white Flower paste a pale dusky mint blue colour. From this I then rolled two thin sausages for her eyes. These needed time to dry. I then coloured some white modelling chocolate the same colour. Next I took a thin 4″ cake board to work on. From my modelling chocolate I then put aside two pieces to make the eyes from later on and two pieces to make the arms from.
With my remaining modelling chocolate for the rest of the body I rolled a smooth sausage shape. I then held this against my other figures to check it was the appropriate size. I then held this on my board. With my other hand I began pressing down all the edges on to the board so as they spread out. From this I needed to make five tentacles. With a palette knife I then removed even sections leaving five strips to create the tentacles from. I then rolled each strip into a sausage with my fingers. I then bent them into different positions, some touching the board and others bent up or curled round. With a damp paintbrush I then smoothed any joins and marks.
I then focused on the sausage in the centre, I rolled this thinner between by palms and cut away any excess at the top with a palette knife so as the figure was the right height. With my fingers I then gently flattened the top end to create the face. i then slightly flattened the top using my finger and shaped the sides by gently rubbing them. I then smoothed the face and neck with a damp paintbrush.
Next I coloured some modelling chocolate black using liquid food colouring. I put some of this to one side to make accessories like the collar and belt and rolled out the rest thinly. I then held this up against the body to see how long and wide the jacket needed to be. Using a Cutting Wheel I then cut a rectangle to size. I then dabbed the body with edible glue and placed the rectangle around so as the join was at the front to her right hand side. With my Cutting Wheel I then trimmed off any excess at a slight angle as the join was going to be turned into the zip on her jacket. I didn’t completely disguise the join as I normally do because I wanted it to mark out where the zip was. Using Silver Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol I then painted the join silver. With a Cocktail stick I then lightly made some markings.
I then rolled a long thin sausage from my black modelling chocolate for the belt. I slightly flattened this with my fingers before attaching with glue. I blended the two joins together using a small damp paintbrush. I then rolled a tiny ball of black modelling chocolate and flattened it against my work surface. With a small palette knife I then cut it into a small square. I then cut out the inside of the square leaving me with the trim of the outside. I removed one side of the square trim. I then carefully picked it up with a cocktail stick and secured it onto the belt with glue for the buckle. I then glued the piece of trim that I’d removed on to the belt but so as one end was resting on the buckle. With a cocktail stick I then marked the holes on the belt. Once dry I painted the bucked silver.
I then made another small square of black modelling chocolate – this was for the pocket on her left hand side. With a Dresden Tool I then marked the top opening/flap of the pocket and rolled a tiny ball of white modelling chocolate and attached it with glue for a button. Once dry I painted it silver.
I then thinly rolled out my remaining black modelling chocolate. With a Cutting Wheel I cut two equal sized triangles for the collar and one larger triangle for the collar at the back of her neck. I then cut off the tip at the thinnest end of the large one. I lightly dabbed the top of the jacket and her neck with glue before pressing the back collar on. I carefully bent back the top of the collar slightly and disguised any joins with a damp paintbrush. I then attached the two smaller triangle at the front of her jacket. I blended together where they met in the middle with a damp paint brush before marking a slight neck line with a Dresden Tool.
I then rolled lot of tiny balls of white modelling chocolate to attach all over the collar. I carefully picked them up and attached them with a cocktail stick. I had to wait for them to dry before painting them silver.
2. With my Dresden Tool I then marked out her mouth in the centre of the face. I then used the Dresden tool to gently push up into the smile line to create a top lip. I used my fingers to gently rub and press above it to give more definition.With a Cocktail sick I then made two holes in the top of her head. These were to secure the eyes into. I wasn’t going to do this until later once the Flower Paste had had more time to dry.
3. The next day I started by rolling a small ball of white modelling chocolate and splitting it in two. This was for her lips. I rolled both halves into tiny balls before gently flattening them against my work surface. With a Cutting Wheel I then cut one in half – this was for the bottom lip. I secured this with glue under the bottom half of her mouth. I then cut the other piece into a heart shape. I then cut off the tip of the heart, leaving me with her top lip. I secured this with glue and then with a Dresden Tool I carefully pressed and dragged the sides of the lip outwards to make them a bit wider. I then painted the lips using Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol. I then rolled two tiny balls of white modelling chocolate before gently flattening them and cutting them into small rectangles using a small palette knife. These were for her two teeth. I carefully picked these up with a Cocktail stick and secured each one to the bottom of her top lip to give her that ‘goofy’ appearance. With the Plum Truffle I then dusted some freckles on her cheeks.
I then took a small ball of white modelling chocolate and coloured it dark purple using liquid food colouring. This was for her hair. I rolled it into a smooth ball and then rolled it out thinly with a Rolling Pin. I then held this against her head to measure for size. I then cut it into a rectangle using a Cutting Wheel. I kept the excess to one side to add some extras later. I then marked out each individual hair by repeatedly rolling the Cutting Wheel over and over the piece. I then turned it over and did the same on the other side. This slightly distorted the markings I’d made on the front so I had to go over these again as the ones on the outside where more important than those on the inside. I then dabbed her head with glue and placed the hair around. I had to carefully trim away the sides with a small palette knife so as they didn’t cover too much of her face. With my excess dark purple modelling chocolate I then cut out small pieces and marked them as hair and placed them on top of her head to cover any bald spots. I then gave her a slight fringe and two slightly more raised pieces at the front of her head. I blended in the joins of all the extra pieces by running the Cutting Wheel over them to mix them in with the rest of the hair. I then dusted strands of hair with Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust and Black to give shadowing and more definition.
4. With a cocktail stick I then had to guess where I’d created the two holes in her head earlier. I did this purely by memory and a little bit of trial and error. Luckily I found them second time round. I pushed the cocktail stick in through the hair and into the holes in her hair. I then dabbed the holes with glue before taking my two thin sausages of Flower Paste and carefully pushing them in. With a Dresden Tool I then carefully pushed the edges of the holes inwards till they were touching the Flower Paste all the way round. This would make them more secure. I then left these to dry for a few hours.
5. In the mean time I rolled two small balls of pale blue modelling chocolate for her eyes. With a Dresden Tool I then marked out the shape of her eye. I painted this White using Snow Drift Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol and then painted the detail of her eye in various colours as well as lining her eye with black for eyeliner. I then dusted stripes on her tentacles with Navy Rainbow Dust and also gave some shadowing to the rest of her body.
6. Once the Flower Paste was dry enough to withstand me securing the eyes I carefully created a hole in the bottom of each eye using a Cocktail stick, I dabbed these with glue and then very carefully pushed the eyes down onto the Flower Paste. This took a few attempts as it was very fiddly! Finally I got them into the right position and I placed a small piece of sponge between the two to keep them balanced while they dried.
7. Finally once the eyes had been left to dry over night I made a Piping bag of black coloured Royal Icing and a No.1 nozzle to carefully pipe eyelashes above and below the eyes. Once dry I carefully painted them with Black Magic Rainbow Dust. I did accidentally knock some of these off whilst I was securing my Monsters to the cake at the end and so had to pipe some more.