What Do You Think Of My Monkey?

Decorating By k33bl3r Updated 19 Mar 2009 , 3:37pm by k33bl3r

k33bl3r Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 6:06am
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I'm doing a baby shower cake for a friend at work, and I plan on putting this lil guy under a palm tree on an island in the ocean. I'll also be doing a whale. He cracked a little as he was drying, but since I couldn't find any tutorials on a gumpaste monkey (other than Lorraines), I was kinda winging it. Oh, the paint brush under his tush is to keep his tail in place while the glue dries.

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Here is what he was modeled after.

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13 replies
SpringFlour Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 7:58am
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My kids have that stuffed monkey!

You did a very nice job! My only suggestion would be to add ears...if it's not too late.

Bluehue Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 8:27am
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Oh that is great - well done.
You got the colours just perfect.
Yes, perhaps little ears as Springflour suggested.


Again - well done. thumbs_up.gif
Bh.

LadyG33 Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 12:43pm
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Very cute! You did a great job

dailey Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 3:56pm
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i think if you make his nose a bit wider/flatter and add a line going straight down from under it, it would look great. oh, and like the others suggested as well, ears : )

k33bl3r Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 3:57pm
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He had ears. lol. But they got in the way of the hat, so I had to take them off. icon_sad.gif

Susie53 Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 4:07pm
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He's really a cutie! icon_smile.gif

sweetjan Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 4:16pm
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You did an excellent job. He has lots of personality!!
Add a little crisco to your gumpaste when you first start kneading. Then when the figure dries, it won't crack. I'm been working on that same issue, and the crisco definitely makes a difference.
You did an excellent job. Post a pic of the finished cake!! thumbs_up.gif

Anntee Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 4:24pm
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Oh my he has such personality. Nice job. Definitely try to put his ears back on. Be sure and post pics of the whale and island finishing touches.
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chilz822 Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 4:49pm
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what if you put his ears kind of poking out of the brim of the hat?

Susie53 Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 5:02pm
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Originally Posted by chilz822

what if you put his ears kind of poking out of the brim of the hat?




This would be really cute! icon_smile.gif

k33bl3r Posted 8 Mar 2009 , 5:52pm
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I used a TON of Crisco. You actually can't see the cracking that bad unless you look up REALLY close to it. icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks guys! I'll be sure to post the finished product.

Bluehue Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 9:36am
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Originally Posted by k33bl3r

He had ears. lol. But they got in the way of the hat, so I had to take them off. icon_sad.gif




lol - Thats funny - but cute.
Look forward to seeing him *whole*

Bh icon_smile.gif

k33bl3r Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 3:37pm
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Well, here's the finished cake. I wasn't too happy with the whale. But I thought the cake as a whole turned out great. Everything is edible except for the cake board. The signs and palm tree are held up by spaghetti, so truly everything is edible. I'm not a fan of the taste of fondant, so I used gumpaste. I made my own buttercream. And the sand is made out of crushed Sandies, which I was told was really good on the cake.

I don't think it was too bad for my first official cake order. Even if I did give it as part of my gift. lol.

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And here again is the crib bedding that the cake was "modeled" after. The only thing I wish I had done was make a sailboat. But I honestly didn't think I was creative enough to do that. Maybe I'll give that a try next time I have a nautical themed cake.

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