Challenge Accepted

Having only started cake decorating in May, when I made a cake for my boyfriends’ brother; when my dad first approached me in August to say he wanted me to enter the Competition at Cake International in November I laughed in his face. There was no way that I was going to enter a Competition at the biggest and best cake decorating show in the world. I told him ‘maybe next year’.

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This is the first novelty cake I ever made. It was for my boyfriends’ brother who loves kayaking.

Over the following few weeks I designed two new moulds for my parents’ business Karen Davies Sugarcraft Ltd and began working there full-time creating more and more cakes and practising various techniques within Sugarcraft. I soon realised that I had a hidden talent. I’ve always been good at Art and I am slightly obsessed with fine detail when it comes to drawing. It turned out that this also applied to cake decorating.

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This is the first mould I created for Karen Davies Sugarcraft Ltd. I wanted to design a Love Bird mould after noticing the trend in vintage cakes and themes being popular at weddings with bird cages being a noticeable feature.

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My mum was then invited to be a judge for Renshaw’s Celebration Cake Business of the year Award and I asked if I could go along with her to see the cakes. As soon as I walked into the room I was blown away. I’d never seen cakes with so much detail and different elements about them up close before. Looking at them all made me feel excited and inspired about the industry I’d just walked into. I came out of there knowing that I’d changed my mind and I wanted to accept my dads’ challenge.

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The Objectives

  • 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.

And finally…

  • 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!

Terri and Terry Perry

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They are yellow four-armed siamese brothers with horns and orange stripes on their tentacles, and students at Monsters University, as well as members of the Oozma Kappa fraternity. Terri is the smallest and has one horn; Terry is the tallest and has two horns.

Marcia Garcia Stages

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Out of all of the characters I would say that Marcia Garcia was the easiest to make.

1. I started by colouring a large ball of white modelling chocolate bright Red. From this I separated two pieces for her arms and two pieces for her hair. I then rolled a large ball with the piece for her main body. I rolled one end into a slight cone shape and gently flattened the top of her head with my palm. I then took a thing 4″ cake board and positioned the body on top. With my fingers I then pressed down all the bottom edge of the ball to the board and then smoothed this off with a damp paintbrush. She only has one eye on show because her other eye is hidden under her hair so I made one eye socket using a Ball Tool. I then rolled a small ball of white modelling chocolate, dabbed the socket with glue and then placed the eye inside. With a Dresden Tool I then marked out the mouth and then carefully dug out the inside before smoothing it down with a damp paintbrush.

With a small pair of scissors I then snipped in all of her hair apart from where I knew her jacket would cover later on.

I then painted the inside of her mouth with Black Magic Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol and also painted the detail of her eye and one eyebrow. I then took six tiny pieces of white modelling chocolate for teeth, dabbed the top of the mouth with glue and inserted each one with a Cocktail Stick. I then rolled two tiny, long, thin sausages of white modelling chocolate for her lips. I trimmed them to size with a Cutting Wheel before dabbing around the mouth with glue and then placing one sausage on for her top lip and one for the bottom. I disguised the joins with a Dresden Tool and a small damp paint brush.

2. I then took a piece of red modelling chocolate that I’d put aside for her hair. I gently flattened it between my hands. I then placed it on my work surface and created the strands of hair by repeatedly running over it with a Cutting Wheel. I made some at the front in a sweeping direction to give the impression of a side fringe. I couldn’t secure the other side of her hair until her jacket had been put on because the hair hangs over it slightly.

3. I then coloured a piece of white modelling chocolate lilac for the jacket. From this I put two small pieces aside for her sleeves. I rolled this out thinly with a Rolling Pin. I then held this against the body to measure for size. I then cut a thin Rectangle to size using a Cutting Wheel. I brushed the entire body with glue and then placed the Rectangle around so as the join was at the back. I then disguised the join using a damp paintbrush.

4. With a Dresden Tool I then marked an opening on the front of the jacket, a collar all the way around the top and two small pockets either side. I then made her second piece of hair using the piece of red modelling chocolate that I’d put to one side earlier. I made this the same way as I made the other but positioned it so as it hung over where her other eye would have been. I glued the second piece on so as it gave her a middle parting on top of her head. I then disguised this further by going over it with a Cutting Wheel to create more strands of hair.

5. I then gave her body, face and hair some shadowing using Black Magic Rainbow Dust. I also painted on all the details of her jacket and her fraternity name ‘EEK’. I did this using Plum Truffle and Snow Drift Rainbow Dust. I painted the collar and bottom trim using Lavender Edible Art Dust and Snow Drift Rainbow Dust.

6. I then took the two pieces of red modelling chocolate that I’d put to one side for her arms. I rolled them into equal sized sausages and then snipped hair all over them using a small pair of scissors. She has no definition for hands. I then rolled out the two pieces of lilac modelling chocolate that I’d put aside for her sleeves. I rolled these out thinly and cut them into thin Rectangles using a Cutting Wheel. I then dabbed them with glue and placed an arm on top of each one. I then rolled the arms up into the sleeves and trimmed where needed with a small Palette Knife. I then disguised the joins with a damp paintbrush. I then cut the tops of the arms off at an angle so as they would fuse together with the sides of the body perfectly. I dabbed the sides of the jacket with glue and pressed the arms into position. I placed small pieces of sponge underneath them whilst they dried. Once dry I then painted the same trim around the bottom of each one as the one on the bottom of her jacket.

 

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Babosa Gortega Stages

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1. I started by colouring some white modelling chocolate pale blue. I then measured this against my other monsters for size. From this I then divided a piece for his main body,  two small pieces for his arms and a small piece for his tongue. Taking the main piece for his body, I rolled a Oval shape. I then took a thin 4 inch cake board and held the body in place. I then used my fingers to gently push the edges of the base of the body down to the board. I then used a damp paintbrush to smooth.

2. I then made his two eye sockets using a Ball Tool. With a Dresden Tool I then marked two eyebrows and gently pinched the top of each one with my finger tips. I then took two small pieces of white modelling chocolate and rolled them into two smooth balls for eyes. I then dabbed the eye sockets with Edible glue and secured the eyes inside. Next I marked out the shape of his mouth using a Dresden Tool. I then dug the inside out using a small palette knife. I then smoothed it down with a damp paintbrush. With my Dresden Tool I then carefully went around the edges of the mouth gently pushing upwards to create the impression of a top lip and downwards to create a bottom lip.

I then took the piece of blue modelling chocolate than I’d put aside for the tongue. I rolled this into a ball and lightly flattened it between my fingers. I dabbed the inside of the mouth with glue and placed the tongue inside. With a Dresden Tool I marked a line down the centre. I then painted the inside of his mouth black using Isopropyl Alcohol and Black Magic Rainbow Dust. I then shaded his tongue, lips, eyes, eyebrows and body with Navy Rainbow Dust.

I then took small pieces of white modelling chocolate to make his teeth. They are pointy teeth so I rolled a tiny ball and then used my fingers to roll one end into a thin point. I then dabbed the top and bottom of his mouth with glue and then secured the teeth into place using a cocktail stick.

3. I then painted the detail of his eyes using Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol. I then dusted the spots on his body with Rainforest Green.

4. I then took some White modelling chocolate and coloured it Yellow.  I divided into a piece for the main jacket, a piece for his hat and a piece for accessories such as his collar, cuffs and buttons. I then rolled out the piece for his main jacket thinly. I held this around the body to check the size. Using a Cutting Wheel I then cut a long Rectangle. I dabbed his body with glue and placed the jacket around in position. With a Dresden Tool I then made the markings on his jacket as well as two pockets either side.

I then divided the piece I’d left aside for his hat into a piece for the peak, a piece for the main part of the hat and a piece for the ball on top. I rolled a ball from the piece for the main part of his hat. I then carefully cut it in half with a palette knife. I secured it on to his head with glue. With a Dresden tool I then marked a trim along the bottom and two lines over the top of the hat to created a pattern. I then painted two of these White using Snow Drift Rainbow Dust. Next I took the piece I’d left aside for his peak. I flattened it between my fingers and then using a Cutting Wheel I cut out the shape of a peak. I then dabbed the front of the hat with glue and secured the peak on at an angle so as it was sticking up. I then took the piece for the ball on top and rolled a tiny ball then secured it into position with glue.

I then painted his pockets Orange using Edible Art Orangeade Dust.

5. I then took the piece I’d left aside for the the jacket accessories. From this I took a piece for his collar and the trim around the bottom of his jacket. I rolled both pieces into long thin sausages. I then gently flattened them against my work surface. I then ran a Stitching Wheel along them repeatedly to create the knitted effect. Using a Cutting Wheel I then cut them both into long thing Rectangles. I dabbed the top and the bottom of his jacket with glue and secured both trims into place. Once dry I painted to orange Stripes along the top and bottom of each one using Edible Art Orangeade. I then took a piece of White modelling chocolate to make the buttons and popper on his jacket. I rolled 9 tiny balls for each side. I attached them with glue. Along one side I used a Cocktail stick to insert a small hole in the centre of each popper. Once dry I painted the buttons Orange and the poppers Silver before painting the centre black.

I then painted the logo on the side of the jacket using Orangeade ‘Babosa 63’. Next I rolled two sausages from the pieces I’d left aside for his arms. I then took a piece of White modelling chocolate and divided into two for his sleeves. I rolled the two pieces out thinly and then cut them both into Rectangles using a Cutting Wheel. I dabbed them with glue and placed each arm on top and then rolled them up into the sleeve. I then blended in the joins with a damp paint brush and created two elbow creases on each one with a Dresden Tool. I then cut the top of each one off at an angle so as it would join against the side of his body perfectly.  I dabbed his sides with glue and put the arms into position (one directed upwards so as he was punching the air).

I then took the pieces of Yellow modelling chocolate that I’d left aside for his cuffs and like his collar I rolled them into long thin sausages before gently flattening them. I gave them the knitted effect and then cut them into Rectangles. I dabbed the end of each sleeve with glue and placed the cuffs around so as the join was at the back.

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