Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tutorial: How to Make a Maleficent cake topper

Ohhhh nothing more entertaining for me than just to sit on my chair and start making cute little faces, yes cuute!!! even if we are talking about Disney's "Maleficent"  with Angelina Jolie, that one that tells the real story behind that wicked witch. 

Well, i totally fell in loove with the movie and wanted to make a cute topper, and cute means no dark malicious eyes or sharp gestures. So I bring you today how to make a cuuute Maleficent cake topper, let's start: 

What you need:

  • 2"x3" styrofoam cone 
  • 2" styrofoam sphere
  • fondant: black,  neon green, purple
  • modeling tools 
  • rolling pin
  • circle cutters (MIA on the pic)
  • edible glue or water or vodka 

Start with a 2" styrofoam and same size fondant, put the ball inside,  you can see this tutorial  to understand this step. Make it look sort of an apple: wider on top, narrowed on lower part.

Use your finger or a small rolling pin to mark on the face where the eyes will be and to make the cheeks. use the rolling pin to smooth the face.

The distance for the forehead should be wider, so you can have enough room for the hair or the hat in this case 

For this step, you can use any of your piping tips, you do not need to buy many tools all the time, look around and you will find many great tools. I use round tip #10 and #12  for making eyes. Cut a little corner of your tiny circle so you can add a side detail on the doll's eye..

For the rest of detail, just make a tiny sausage and thin the sides and add the eye lashes. Cut little green circle for the iris and the shine on the eyes. 

Add the mouth, and 2 tiny round circles using round tip #10 
 Tip:  When ever I do not have the right round size i need, i roll my fondant thicker cut the circle and press it gently in between my fingers so it can be bigger. 

Use a large heart cutter to to cut the shape of the hat or hood that she wears, then use a large circle cutter (4" 1/2 at least) to cut a circle to add it to the witch head. Most of the time I roll the fondant thicker so I can have more chance to smooth it thinner and cover all the head. 

Make a sausage and thin sides, cut in half and make the horns: they go inside then outside like an "S" 

Once you make the horns, add half toothpick on the sides of the head, like where you would add some piggy tails. Glue the horns and add purple details using your clay extruder. 

On the styrofoam cone, add a pice of flower wire, you can buy it here 
I glue it to the styrofoam so it doesn't move. Cut a purple stripe and add to the bottom trying to ruffle it a bit. Best way to stick is using a bit of shortening directly on the fondant. Add a wooden skewer just on the top of the cone all the way through the cone.
Tip: Styrofoam never ever should touch the cake surface, add a piece of fondant on the bottom of the styrofoam piece. 

Cut a large circle  to cover the body, put it on top as you are putting a shirt. cut the sides where the fondant meets the wire and hide on the sides and smooth. Cut 2 purple stripes about 1/2" wide for the dress details on the front 

Cut a small circle and and add and irregular stripe to the circle, you can use a special cutter or use your imagination to make it look irregular. Fold the circle over the wire so you can make the arms.
 I add some disco dust to make it more dramatic look. 

Here is the final cake !!   TADAAAAA!!!

For a more detailed class on how to make your little figurines, don't forget to check on new CRAFTSY class from amazing topper artist Brenda Walton from Sugar High

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