MJbakes Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 12:46am
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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?

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southerncross Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 1:27am
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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

http://cakesbyximena.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=hummingbird&x=0&y=0&osCsid=08f89ec3a8292e980a771f8452f7151c .

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

MJbakes Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 1:14pm
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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!

manddi Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 1:42pm
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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! thumbs_up.gif

bisbqueenb Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 2:34pm
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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.

MJbakes Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 5:19pm
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What do you guys think? I still have to paint him but I think I did pretty good for my first gumpaste figure.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2377789/hummingbird

southerncross Posted 2 Aug 2012 , 10:42pm
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bravo....such skills

MJbakes Posted 3 Aug 2012 , 1:27am
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**UPDATE**

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.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2377978/hummingbird-complete

Apti Posted 3 Aug 2012 , 3:59am
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Well done!!!!!! (It even looked adorable "naked".)

MJbakes Posted 3 Aug 2012 , 12:41pm

Thanks Apti! x

MJbakes Posted 6 Aug 2012 , 11:47pm

Just thought I'd share the finished cake that went along with my hummingbird!

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2380142/hummingbird-flowers

Apti Posted 7 Aug 2012 , 12:07am

Thanks for showing the finished cake! That is better than you ever imagined, isn't it!

Wildgirl Posted 7 Aug 2012 , 3:29am

You did an absolutely wonderful job! That cake is gorgeous! You are so sweet to make such a special cake!!

MJbakes Posted 7 Aug 2012 , 1:09pm

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.

RoxieCakes Posted 9 Apr 2013 , 1:46pm

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!!

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