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Gumpaste Toppers For Seven Wedding Cakes!

Gumpaste Toppers For Seven Wedding Cakes!

Yes, the mother of the bride decided to use a stand with 7 shelves, each holding a cake. I made 6 toppers covered with the fall colored gumpaste flowers they requested (roses, dahlias, carnations, and lily of the valley) plus red currants and leaves. The top topper was two "wedding owls", as per the invitation. That one I made out of Rice Krispie treats covered with fondant. Live and learn moment: this was my first wedding cake. I have known the parents for decades (the father is the director of the building where I work) and the mother does wedding cakes regularly. Her daughter asked her to make the wedding dress AND wedding cake so needless to say, the mother ran out of time! She still went ahead and baked the cakes, filled and coated them, and had them stored in the freezer at the venue. What I expected was to have 7 properly prepped cakes but what I got were soaking wet cakes that looked like a 5 year old threw on some buttercream! They were totally unlevel and, well, a total mess. She had left me a bag of icing but that too had been frozen and I didn't have the equipment to rewhip it to properly recoat the cakes. If I had been warned, I would have brought in a big batch of buttercream from home and my leveler to have nice even cakes. So, I spent 2 hours (until the bridal party showed up) trying my best to fix a complete mess. The toppers covered the top and the fall leaves I had made did the border (she didn't even pipe a border, which I had expected!) Still, so frustrating to spend that much time making 96 gumpaste flowers, 144 red berries plus a wack load of leaves only to be faced with a mess to place them on! Lesson learned....never trust someone else (even though they are experienced wedding cake makers and this was for their only daughter) to do an adequate job!

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Retirement Party Cake For Outdoorsy Man

Retirement Party Cake For Outdoorsy Man

Three tiered fondant covered cake with silhouettes and custom topper. Bottom made with a silicone bark mould (best purchase ever!). Top tiers covered with egg yellow fondant. Oh and in the final cake I DID push down the topper so it was flush with the cake ;) Sunset effect created with orange Americolor Mist sprayed on then wiped with a dry makeup sponge. Silhouettes cut out of black gum paste rolled out then left to harder for about 10 minutes then cut with an X-acto knife. Topper chair made out of 20 cut out parts from tutorial found online (warning, if you use the same the parts are too short! I redid this three times). Man made out of gum paste/fondant mix. I again used an online tutorial for making a basic human figure using a template. I resized it to the size needed for the chair. Worked perfectly! Ball cap was a nightmare to make. I ended up molding a piece of fondant/gum paste mix over a half styrofoam ball then doing the stitching & top button over that. Then I made the bill using round cutters to cut a circle then a "chunk" out of that to make a suitable size. Glued it onto the rest of the hat then dried it on the figure's head. Trees made with black chocolate melts. I printed a template of trees then put wax paper over it to make the trees. Did the trunk first then each branch (drawing in towards trunk), then did a side to side swoop over the tree to make a nice full looking tree. Taped this over cake dummies placed sideways in a box, to get the curvature. I made the fishing line and skies/ski poles with extruded gum paste (thanks for the idea Sandy!) Bottom was ivory fondant covered then I painted over top with brown petal dust diluted with vodka. Leaves cut out marbled gum paste then veined with a silicone two piece veiner. I need work on using stencils! "Bill" was done with diluted paint, "Happy Retirement" with dry petal dust. That worked MUCH better with sharper edges.

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