Author: ANJALI TAMBDE
Skill level: BEGINNERS
Tip 1: If you are not confident enough to write directly on the cake using edible pens then use a needle tool to write on the cake and then write with the pen over it, this will avoid any spelling mistakes and save time re-doing things
Tip 2: Use tooth picks or cocktail sticks to secure the figurines on the cake along with some glue, this keeps the figurines safe while travelling with the cakes.
You will need:
- Saracino pasta model pink
- Saracino pasta model blue
- Saracino pasta model red
- Saracino pasta model skin
- Saracino modelling chocolate brown
- Saracino modelling paste white
- Saracino modelling paste black
- Edible glue
- Pink dust powder colour
- Gel colours: white, brown, black, pink
- Black edible pen
- 10” Round cake or dummy
- Polystyrene cone
- Envelope template
- Rolling pin
- Craft knife
- Ball tool
- Dresden tool
- Shell tool
- Soft modelling tools
- Heart cutter
To make an envelope knead some white Saracino Modelling Paste until workable.
Using rolling pin roll it thinly.
Cut out the envelope template. You can download it HERE. Place on the rolled icing ready for cutting.
Fold both sides
Cut the bottom piece and keep aside
Use any cylindrical shape and mould the envelope around
Glue the left over piece in such a way that the base is left hollow
Remove the cylinder once the envelope is dry
Using the ball tool make indents on either side.
With the dresden tool shape the nose
Mark the nostrils
Using your dresden tool gently shape the lower lip and then the upper lip
With a dresden tool or sharp knife open up the mouth to give that depth
Shape the forehead and eyebrow to create expressions
Finally finish the lips and make two dimples on either sides
Add small amount of white modelling paste for the teeth
Add small white balls of white paste for the eyes and blend well, mark the eye lids with the sharp end of your Dresden tool.
Using brown modelling chocolate make tiny eyebrows by rolling thinly and use a small ball tool or needle tool to place them, apply a small amount of edible glue if required
Blush the cheeks, forehead and nose with pink powder colour. Be careful to dust lightly.
Make thin eyelashes and eyelids using edible black pen
Paint the iris of the eyes with light brown and white edible gel colours
Paint the pupil of the eyes in black
Finish the male and female heads and add a bit of gloss on lips if required using red for the female.
Using skin tone modelling paste model the body for both the male and female
Roll some light blue modelling paste into a thin sheet
Wrap around the male body to form the shirt and fold edges to make collar
Add small balls of white paste for buttons and press with a sharp modelling tool.
Cut two rectangular pieces for the sleeves out of the same blue sheet
Using skin tone paste form a hand by making a ball, press down and cut out the thumb. Then shape to give a natural look. Roll the blue modelling paste to create arms and attach the hand. Add folded thin cuffs to finish off the sleeves.
Attach the arms over the shoulders and blend the joint. You can use dry pasta inserted into the arm to secure in place.
Attach the head to the neck, use a toothpick to keep it in place
Add a small thick circular piece of black modelling paste over the head to make the hair
Use a shell tool to make the texture of the hair
Keep the figurine upright and let it set
Form the female chest and fix to the body. Glue the female body to the polystyrene cone and cover the cone with white modelling paste to make the skirt
Now roll a thin sheet of white modelling paste and form some frills and pleats
Glue the pleated skirt around the waistline and add shape and form with a modelling tool.
Now pleat a pink sheet of modelling paste and cover the white skirt
Blend the skirt well with the upper body
Cut a rectangular piece in pink with sweetheart neckline to make the bodice and glue it to the upper body, blend well at the back
Make the hands and form the fingers.
Glue the arms on the body and blend it over the shoulders
Take some brown modelling chocolate and roll an elongated piece, then cut thin triangular strips and twist for the hair.
Secure it over the head with some glue
Using the same chocolate paste add fringes.
Texture the hair with the Dresden tool. Roll a thin white strip and add a bow around the waist.
Add some edible red gel colour to white modelling paste to make red or use pre-coloured modelling paste
Roll a thin sheet of the red paste and cut heart shapes using heart cutter
Glue the hearts on the hands of the man
Glue one heart on the envelope
Place one heart over a brown square made with modelling paste to make the stamp
Using black edible pen paint the print over the stamp and crimp the edges.
Write any imaginary address to give a personal touch
Cover a 10” round cake with Saracino Pasta Top and decorate with some hearts
Now place the male figurine in the envelope and glue it over the cake, place the female figurine beside him and your “Valentine Cake” is now ready to be served with love