I've been thinking of something to do for my MIL's birthday coming up on Monday, and since I have no orders or anything this week I was thinking of her favorite things...hummingbirds, lady bugs and flowers. Now the flowers and lady bugs are one thing, I can figure that part out. But the hummingbird, does any know of a tutorial for a gp hummingbird? I browsed around a bit on google and couldn't find anything, do any of you cakers know of one?
I have a wedding cake order that calls for two hummingbirds on top of the cake hovering over the sugarpaste flowers. The first mold I ordered was from
They have a great youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXG-SmOaWuM
I found it very difficult to use probably because I'm use to the ease of a silicone mold. Finally I found what I wanted at
http://www.hawthornehill.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=131. They delivered quickly (from the UK to rural South Carolina) and even have detailed instructions that you can download.
I buy cake decorating equipment like most women buy makeup or shoes....my only vice
Thanks for that link, but I don't think I'll have time to order a mold, her birthday is on Monday the 6th (4 days away). So I'm going to be trying to sculpt something by hand today. Wish me luck!
I bet it'll turn out great! I'd love to see a pic when you're done! If you use gp for the beak, make sure you stick a wire in it so it won't droop while drying! Or worse, break after its dried!
Depending on what size you want to make, you can print out a picture of a hummer, cover it with saran wrap and then model the gumpaste using the printed picture as a template....you can make it 3D or just cut it out with an exacto knife for a 'flat' version. Color with dusts etc.
What do you guys think? I still have to paint him but I think I did pretty good for my first gumpaste figure.
Here is the finished product, quite happy with this one. Not sure how to post the pic here but here's the link to the gallery.
Well done!!!!!! (It even looked adorable "naked".)
Thanks Apti! x
Just thought I'd share the finished cake that went along with my hummingbird!
Thanks for showing the finished cake! That is better than you ever imagined, isn't it!
You did an absolutely wonderful job! That cake is gorgeous! You are so sweet to make such a special cake!!
Thanks everyone! It really did turn out better than I would have ever imagined! Now I'm just trying to figure out what I would actually charge for something like this if a client were to inquire. I know what I charge for the cake, just not sure how much I would charge for the bird.
southerncross - thanks for the links; just ordered a 3D hummingbird mold from Hawthorne Hill. MJbakes - your hummingbird is so beautiful and joyful; wish I had your skill!!