kal1984 Posted 22 Sep 2013 , 11:01am
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Any tips on how I do a proper face and also stop his leg from falling/cracking? I am very new to cake decorating this is only my second cake and would appreciate any tips or feedback so I can get better as there are no classes in my area.

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remnant3333 Posted 22 Sep 2013 , 3:28pm
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I have never done any figurines from fondant so I can not be of any help but I wanted to say that your cake is so cute!!!! Hopefully, someone here will be able to help you!!!

rebecca67e Posted 22 Sep 2013 , 5:07pm
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Cute cake. What did you make the fisherman out of?

kal1984 Posted 23 Sep 2013 , 12:44am
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Hi there,

I made him out of fondant. I have seen wonderful cakes with characters that have these amazing little faces! I guess you learn more by just practising and experimenting. Used a little tooth pick to keep him upright etc. however the leg hanging over started to perhaps droop and I ended up with a little crack. My friend didn't even notice but of course you notice your own little errors! Eeek

Kakeesha Posted 23 Sep 2013 , 1:29am
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What a great cake you made

MommyMommy Posted 24 Sep 2013 , 2:58am
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ASecond cake?! Looks great!

Cricket1960 Posted 24 Sep 2013 , 3:06am
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Only your second cake?/...Wow good job..I can't tell if your fisherman is standing or sitting from the picture...you could use lollipop sticks or dowels to support the legs.

kal1984 Posted 24 Sep 2013 , 11:29am
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Yeah second one, my first one was a plainer one with flowers. Yeah he is sitting down, sitting on a rock/hanging over the side of the cake effect...II sort of thought I could do a horizontal little tooth pick but you'd still probably see the hole on the side and the fondant may still sag/droop I've read a bit more about it and I'm thinking maybe the weather/temperature didn't help.

rebecca67e Posted 26 Sep 2013 , 6:23pm
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temperature is definitely a bummer for fondant.

 

and you're right, faces will just take practice. maybe you could just spend some time following youtube videos or pictures of fondant characters that you like the facial features of, and practice copying those yourself.

Lynne3 Posted 26 Sep 2013 , 7:29pm

First off, I really love your cake.  The details are fun and interesting.  The cat tails and rocks and other additions are spot on.

For your figurine legs, mix the fondant with a little Wilton Gumtex.  It makes it stronger and faster to set so there is less stretching time.

As for theface.  Use the rule that the eyes are in the center of the face.  You placed them up a bit which makes the character less inviting.  Also, big eyes add a lot of punch to a figurine.  Increase the size of your eye, and add a small white dot for glisten.

hemphilc Posted 26 Sep 2013 , 9:47pm

AWhen I make fondant figures I use a 50/50 mix (half fondant and half gumpaste) to make them sturdier. When I have the sitting, I make them with internal supports like toothpicks or bamboo skewers and set them into a styrofoam cake dummy to dry. I have tried lots of things to support them as they dry and the best thing I have found so far is make slings of wax paper to support them and use pins to hold the wax paper at strategic points by sticking them into the styrofoam. Used to have cracked legs and dropping shoes and haven't had an issue since I have been doing this. Lots of great Youtube videos as stated to help guide you through the process. I also have taken the Craftsy classes on figures and have found them very helpful. Good luck!

bundlesofjoy Posted 26 Sep 2013 , 10:25pm

AYou're cake looks great! For figures I usually use Fondx Fondant and CMC (Carboxyl Methyl Cellulose) which is a fondant stabilizer. It makes the fondant have a gumpaste consistency and dries great. You can get a sample for $1 at http://caljavaonline.com/products/cmc-sodium-carboxy-methyl-cellulose and mix it in to your fondant. Hope this helps. Goodluck! :)

kal1984 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 12:01am

Wow thanks so much for your help ladies I really appreciate it!

kal1984 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 9:37am

Cake 3 yay no fondant faces needed this time hahah

Nicki161 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 10:17am

AYou have done a lovely job, well done you ! I'm dying to do a tiered cake , how did you find it? I've watched so many videos on them did you find it easier or harder than you expected ?

kal1984 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 10:39am

Yeah I have never done a 3 tiered cake before, my first 2 cakes were only 2  but thought why not go another level haha A few people want me to do cakes for them and have offered to pay, I don't know how much I should charge and of course I guess it depends on what they are after? This one is for my friends engagement and I am not charging as I haven't done many at all and I am more so wanting opportunities to practise,,. But in future I will need to start. I have learnt just by watching videos also...it was ok, I think I was freaking myself out more I just had to get in and do it and each time I find it a little easier..

Nicki161 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 10:42am

AWell it's lovely I'm sure they will be thrilled and your orders will come flooding in :-)

kikiandkyle Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 11:12am

ALovely cake!

buddycarol Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 4:15pm

AWow!!!! you are truly blessed with the gift of decorating. Your cakes are awesome!!

happy tiers Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 5:15pm

I CANT FIND THE RIGHT FORUM TO POST THIS SOOO IM JUST GONA REPLY AND MAYBE ONE OF YALL WILL REPLY LOL

WHEN I MAKE FONDANT ACCENTS OR FRILLS OR RUFFLES.......... U KNOW HOW U HAVE TO FORM THEMON POWDERED SUGAR?   WELL ONCE U PUT THEM ON THE CAKE......HOW CAN U MAKE THE FONDANT SHINY, BECAUSE THE POWDERED SUGAR MAKES IT LOOK DULL?

THANKS YALL

HAVE A BLESSED DAY

cakealicious7 Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 5:27pm

AHi :-) well i've never tried this, but i've read that spritzing vodka or water lightly gives it that sheen. HTH

happy tiers Posted 4 Oct 2013 , 5:29pm

TYYYYY

Hitch Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 10:10am

ABack to your model, I put a piece of foam under the feet to stop them being pulled down and the legs cracking untill they have dried the next day, hope this helps.

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