I've had a friend request that I make a gymnastics-themed cake for my friend. I've been asked to make a cake with a fondant figurine on top doing this pose!
I'm thinking of making the arms, legs and torso separately, but am worried about gravity taking it's toll, and the torso part falling.
Any suggestions please?? How should I construct the figurine??
Thanks so much in advance!!
The only part I would do separately is the head. It's much easier to Form the legs, arms and torso in one piece. Dry it over a curved can or make a shape out of carton paper. Once it's dry you can put the suit on or even paint it on. Hiding all the seems when doing the figurine in sections will be difficult.
Hi, I would definitely use gum paste instead of fondant, it is more elastic and dries harder and more quickly. Also I would make the figure at least a couple weeks in advance and make sure it dries completely while being supported in that back bend. I would also make the entire figure out of flesh coloured gum paste and then "dress" it after it has dried for a while. You can use the "outfit" to hide any joins or cracks. I hope that helps some.
Good point ^^^
Fondant alone wouldn't work. At least use gumtex or cmc in your fondant or make a 50:50 mix with gum paste in case it will be eaten.
Thank you all so much for your useful feedback! I made the whole body in one piece in the end, with a flat piece of clothing that I added on top after it had dried.