hello all! I was writing for suggestions from all of you great minds on an Olivia the Pig cake. I've been searching and basically all i have found is transfers of Olivia. I would like to attempt to mold her. Any suggestions on HOW to do that?? I am not an expert at molding by ANY means.. i'm just looking for something a little "fancier" than a transfer. Any ideas would be so appreciated. Here is a pic of one of the cakes i found with a transfer in case yall aren't familiar with the character. This cake is NOT made by me.. i'm not quite sure who to give credit to for this one. Thanks!
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The pic didn't attach but I'll plug in a link for ya http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=956123
She's cute and will probably involve a cake body, possible cake head and RKT snout...or maybe all RKT head...gumpaste ears...unless you are interested in building an armature to support her on her tiny legs, I'd recommend having her seated!
There are some great carved cakes out there to use as a reference, including kretin's great pics of how he made his Lion King cakes and RKT Rafiki. http://forum.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=602848&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=lion&&start=0
I have never carved a character into cake so I can't really help other than suggest other cakes to look at! I know I've seen Elmo cake instructions, dog cakes, even a standing horse cake would apply due to the similar shape in nose/snout. Here's a great Abby Caddaby that shares similarities in shape... http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1195568 - totally reminds me of this Olivia doll http://www.cuddlycollectibles.com/Story%20Book%20Characters/Olivia%20Pig/OliviaPig.jpg
Thanks for the great ideas! What if i just molded a small version of her out of gumpaste/MMF to put on top of a decorated cake? Any suggestions on molding her out of gumpaste??
LOL my first suggestion on how to mold her out of gp is...just do it! Other than that I highly recommend using 50/50 fondant/gp. That's what my Remy is made of. If you can pull it off, I'd do her body and head together as one big shape. I hated the way Remy looked when I made a body and stuck a head on it, it just didn't look right so I redid him as one whole piece, and if I ever made and Olivia I would do it the same way, it just suits her shape. However it can be tricky. I couldn't get Remy's belly or cheeks fat enough so I actually molded his body, let dry 2 days, and then added cheeks and another layer of 50/50 over that like a skin. With a little water and some gentle rubbing, gp/fondant blends nicely into itself even if the original piece is dry.
Depending on how big you make her you may want to consider a bamboo skewer stuck thru her to help support her while drying. Other than that, mix yourself up some gum glue (dissolved gumpaste) for glue, works great! And if you still don't consider yourself an expert on molding, check out Aine2's website for lots of great tips and techniques. Those are my tips!!
Thank you so much ceshell! I appreciate it. I'm not sure at this point whether i will mold her or attempt my first 3-d cake! I've got a week to think about it... so i may start trying a few things out in the kitchen! I've got some good ideas for a good start either way though!