Disney Pixar Recognition!

Could never have dreamed in a million years that Disney Pixar would get in touch with me asking if they could create a post on their Facebook page about my cake.

This past week has well and truly been the most rewarding and memorable week of my life. I can’t wait to start a new project!

me and cake

Congratulations to Disney Pixar fan, Alice Davies, on winning the Gold Medal at Cake International for her Monsters University inspired sculptured novelty cake! — with Alice Elizabeth Davies.

Terri and Terry Stages

terri and terry process

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.

terri and terry complete

Art

art official disney pic

Art is a furry purple monster with an arch shape and blue stripes on his body, he is a student at Monsters University, and a member of the Oozma Kappa fraternity. Director Dan Scanlon says of him he is “that weird college guy you don’t know anything about”, and that he is a student “Not quite sure what he should be… and we’re not quite sure what he is either.”

Art Stages

art complete

Sadly I forgot to take any photos of the stages of Art as he was fairly quick to do.

1.First I coloured some white modelling chocolate purple. I then rolled a sausage to approximately the right length. I used a small cake board to work on so I could secure his legs onto something whilst I was waiting to secure him onto the cake itself. I carefully curved the sausage round so as both ends touched the cake board. I then took a damp paintbrush and firmly pressed and smoothed all around the edges of both ends so as they stuck down to the board. I did this until all the edges almost blended into the surface of the board. The sausage of modelling chocolate then stood upright by itself. With my finger tips I then began to lightly press where I wanted his legs to end and his head/face to start. I then gently started to make the shape of his head by pinching the modelling chocolate into shape. I then left him to dry for a while with a sponge positioned underneath him between his two legs so as he wouldn’t sink.

2. I kept checking to see when he’d stopped sinking and once he had marked where I wanted his mouth to be using a Dresden Tool. I then dug this out and made it smooth inside using a damp paint brush. I then made his eye sockets using a Ball Tool. With a Dresden Tool I then gave the sockets a droopy lower lid. Once the eyes and mouth had been shaped I used small scissors to snip all the hair on his body. I made sure all the hair was facing the right way by snipping in different directions.

3. Using Black Magic Rainbow Dust I then painted the inside of his mouth black. Taking a small piece of white modelling chocolate I then rolled a small ball for the tongue. I flattened it slightly and using my fingers I smoothed the edges. I then dabbed it with glue and place it inside the mouth. I marked a line down the centre using a Dresden Tool, this also helped to secure it. I then painted this Pink and gave it some shadowing using Black Rainbow Dust.

Arts’ teeth are rather big and goofy compared to the other characters and they’re also not in line with each other and have gaps in between them as well as being slightly different sizes. I made four teeth for the top set and six for the bottom. I then secured these by giving the top and bottom of his mouth a light layer of glue. I placed each tooth into his mouth individually using a cocktail stick. Once all his teeth where in place I rolled a long thin sausage from my purple coloured modelling chocolate for his lips. I then cut this in half and measured the two halves against his mouth before trimming them to size. I then dabbed around his mouth with glue and placed the two pieces on to give him a top and bottom lip. I then carefully disguised the join of the two by blending them together using a Dresden Tool and a small damp paintbrush. Once dry I painted these using Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust.

4. Next I rolled two small balls from my white modelling chocolate for his eyes. I measured these against the eye sockets and once I was happy I dabbed the inside of the socket with glue and placed the two eyes inside. Taking two small pieces of my purple modelling chocolate I then made his two eyelids to give him the ‘dopey’ look he is known for. I rolled two small balls and gently flattened them. Placing them down on my work surface I then took a Cutting Wheel and cut them to size and shape. I then glued them into position on the eyes.

Taking two small pieces of my purple modelling chocolate I rolled two tiny fat sausages for his eye brows. I secured them on top of his head by gently pushing the edges into his head with a Dresden Tool. I then carefully snipped them like the rest of his hair. Using Edible Art Lavender dust mixed with isopropyl alcohol I then painted the top and lower lids and his eyebrows. I then painted all the detail of his eye using Brown, Gold, Black and White Rainbow Dusts and a fine paintbrush.

5. I then rolled two sausages from my purple modelling chocolate for his arms. I measured them against his body and trimmed them so as they would hang down from his main body but without touching the floor. At one end of each I slightly flattened it to give him hands. Using my fingers I then rolled and thinned a slight wrist. Art has four fat fingers on each hand. Using a pair of small scissors I cut four fingers. I then smoothed each one using a damp paintbrush. I then snipped all the hair on his arms starting from his wrists. I then painted his hands with the Edible Art Lavender dust and a fine paintbrush so I could get in under the hair on his wrists. I then attached both arms just past where the slight indents for his thighs are. Again I used a Dresden Tool and damp paintbrush to blend them into his body. I then placed two small pieces of sponge underneath each hand to give them a slight bend and left them to dry.

6. Using the Edible Art Lavender dust straight from the pot I then gave him his stripes on his body and arms. Using Black Rainbow Dust I then dusted the insides of his legs and under his head to give him shadowing.

art steve pic

Don Carlton

don official disney pic

A student at Monsters University, he is a member of the Oozma Kappa fraternity. Director Dan Scanlon calls him a “mature student returning to college to follow a dream to study scaring”. He is a light purple octopus-like monster with balding hair and a moustache, two tentacled arms and he wears a green T-shirt and glasses.

Don Carlton Stages

don carlton stages

1. First I made the colour for his main body from white modelling chocolate. I then rolled a large ball and measured it against the rest of my figures to see if it was approximately the right size. I then began to narrow one end using my palm and fingers until it was the correct shape for his head. I then smoothed this with my fingers and damp paintbrush. I then began to gently flatten his stomach area so as it wasn’t so round. As I did this I kept rubbing the sides of his stomach with the base of my palms to keep them smooth and to keep him from becoming too wide. I then began to narrow the base to create his legs. He has short stumpy legs and feet. I then lightly pressed the base of the legs against my work surface to flatten it. Using a palette knife I then cut through the centre of the base to create two legs, I then carefully spread them slightly further apart and removed any excess modelling chocolate from in between with my palette knife.

I then gently pressed the tip of his foot to create a slight bend. Using a Dresden Tool I made markings up his legs to create creases. Then with a Ball Tool I created three little holes on each foot for his toes. I did this by pressing the Ball Tool in at an angle so that only half of it was pushed into the Modelling chocolate. I rolled six tiny balls from my white modelling chocolate for toenails and carefully secured these with edible glue.

2. I then took a ball of white modelling chocolate and rolled it out thinly with a rolling pin. Using a cutting wheel I then cut a rough circle. This was for the centre of his stomach. I held the piece up against him and measured it for size. I then brushed his stomach with glue and placed the piece in the centre of his body. With a damp paintbrush I then blended in all the edges until you could no longer see that it was a separate piece.

3. Using a Dresden Tool I then marked out his mouth and dug out the inside. I then smoothed this down with a damp paintbrush before painting it black with Black Magic Rainbow Dust mixed with isopropyl alcohol. Due to his moustache you can only see his lower teeth. So I then rolled four small balls of white modelling chocolate for his teeth and secured these by brushing the bottom of his his mouth with edible glue then carefully placing the teeth inside using a cocktail stick. With a Dresden Tool I then carefully marked a line under his mouth to give the impression of a bottom lip.

4. Next I made his eye sockets using a Ball Tool. I then gave his face some slight indentation using the Ball Tool so as his cheeks became slightly raised. Using a Dresden Tool I then gave him two small eye creases on the corners of both eyes. I then rolled two small balls from my white modelling chocolate for his eyes. I secured these in the sockets with glue. I then painted the details of his eye using a fine paintbrush and Brown, Black and White Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol.

5. I then took some of my white modelling chocolate and rolled it out thinly. from this I cut a thin rectangular strip for his hair. Using a small pair of scissors I then snipped into the piece to create hair. I then measured this around his head so as I could see how big it needed to be. I trimmed it down to size using a Cutting Wheel before lightly brushing around his head with glue and securing the hair in place. I then took a small piece of white modelling chocolate for his moustache. I flattened this and held it above his mouth to check the size it needed to be. I then trimmed to size using a cutting wheel and cut in the four strands of hair with a small pair of scissors. I then lightly made some markings using a Dresden Tool before securing the moustache on so as it covered the top of his mouth. Above the moustache I then made a small indent for his nose using a Dresden Tool. I rolled a small piece of white modelling chocolate into a horn shape and glued it into the indent.

6. Using the end of a pair of small scissors I marked out his eyebrows. I then dusted these with Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust. I also gave him various sized ‘splodges’ around his body using the same colour. Next, I painted his hair and moustache with Milk Chocolate Rainbow Dust and then gave them some shadowing and contrast using a darker brown.

7. I then coloured some white modelling chocolate green (the same colour as scott’s jumper and terri and terry’s jumper). I rolled this out thinly and then wrapped it around his body to check the size. I then trimmed this down using a cutting wheel. I lightly brushed around his body with glue before wrapping the modelling chocolate around him so that the join was at the back. I then carefully blended this in with a damp paintbrush until you couldn’t see it. With a Dresden Tool I then marked a trim the entire way around the bottom of his shirt. Next I rolled a thin sausage for his collar from the green modelling chocolate. I then rolled over this with a rolling pin till it was thin enough. I held it around the top of his shirt to check the size and then trimmed it down using a Cutting wheel. I attached the collar around his neck with edible glue and bent half of it over on itself to look like a collar. I then took two small pieces of green modelling chocolate and cut two small, thin rectangles. I attached these with glue at an angle between the two ends of the collar. Using a Dresden Tool I marked two button holes on one side. On the other I rolled two tiny pieces of white modelling chocolate into balls and attached them with glue for buttons. I then carefully marked an indent in the middle of each using a Dresden Tool.

8. Next I rolled out four pieces of white modelling chocolate into really thin small sausages for his glasses. Two pieces I curved round so that the two ends met each other. I then secured the two ends together by blending them in using a Dresden Tool. I then used the Dresden Tool to carefully move the piece into shape and give it corners so that they became cube shaped. I carefully picked these up with the Dresden Tool and attached them above his moustache for his glasses rims. I then took my other two thinly rolled out sausages and ever so carefully attached them at equal angles both to his head and to the sides of the rims of his glasses using edible glue and a Dresden Tool. Once dry I then painted his glasses using Silver Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl alcohol.

9. From my pink coloured modelling chocolate I rolled two sausages for his arms. I rounded the ends with my fingers before cutting a small thumb on each one using a small palette knife.  I then thinly rolled out some white modelling chocolate. This was to do the same as for his stomach but for his arms. I then cut two white pieces using a Cutting wheel. I cut these the same shape as his arms but slightly smaller so that they would fit on the centre of his arms and hands. I then attached these with glue and just as with his stomach I blended them in with a damp paintbrush until you could no longer see the join.

10. I then made a piping bag with a No.1 nozzle. With this I piped tiny circles onto both arms to create suckers. Once I’d left these to dry I carefully made a small hole in the middle of each one using a cocktail stick.

11. Taking my green coloured modelling chocolate I then rolled out two thin pieces for sleeves. I cut two small rectangles to size using a Cutting Wheel. I then dabbed these with glue and placed each arm on top so as the tops of the arms slightly stuck out from the tops of the sleeves. I then wrapped the sleeves around the arms and disguised the joins with a damp paint brush. With a Dresden Tool I then marked a cuff around the bottom of each sleeve. I then cut the tops of the arms at a slight angle so that they’d fit to the side of the body perfectly.

I then attached the arms with glue and blended the joins in with a damp paint brush. I positioned them so as one was hanging by his side and one was held slightly forward as I wanted him to be holding one of his business cards. I then dusted the same splodges as on his body onto his arms using Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust.

12. I flattened a small piece of my green modelling chocolate for the pocket on his shirt. I cut it to shape using a Cutting wheel and then attached it with glue. Taking a Dresden Tool I then made a marking across the top of his pocket. I then carefully pressed into the top of the pocket to create an opening. I then cut three small flat rectangles from my white modelling chocolate for business cards and glued two of these inside the indent at the top of the pocket. I glued the other one in between his thumb and the rest of his hand on his outstretched arm. Once dry I then used a fine paint brush   and Black Rainbow Dust mixed with isopropyl alcohol to paint ‘Don Carlton’ onto the business cards.

Finally I painted ‘OK’ on the front of his pocket using Mustard coloured Rainbow Dust. Then I created shadowing on his shirt using Rainforest Green.

don carlton complete

James P. Sullivan (Sulley)

sulley official disney pic   James “Jimmy” P. “Sulley” Sullivan is the protagonist in Monsters Inc and the deuteragonist in it’s prequel Monsters University. He is a huge monster with shaggy blue fur with purple spots, two small horns on his head, and a long tail.