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
  • Cornflour


  • 10” Round cake or dummy
  • Polystyrene cone
  • Envelope template
  • Rolling pin
  • Craft knife
  • Ball tool
  • Dresden tool
  • Shell tool
  • Soft modelling tools
  • Brushes
  • Mat
  • Heart cutter

Step 1

To make an envelope knead some white Saracino Modelling Paste until workable.

Step 2

Using rolling pin roll it thinly.

Step 3

Cut out the envelope template. You can download it HERE. Place on the rolled icing ready for cutting.

Step 4

Fold both sides

Step 5

Cut the bottom piece and keep aside

Step 6

Use any cylindrical shape and mould the envelope around 

Step 7

Glue the left over piece in such a way that the base is left hollow 

Step 8

Remove the cylinder once the envelope is dry 

Step 9

For the head knead Saracino skin tone modelling paste. Roll it into an egg shape.

Step 10

Using the ball tool make indents on either side.

Step 11

With the dresden tool shape the nose 

Step 12

Mark the nostrils 

Step 13

Using your dresden tool gently shape the lower lip and then the upper lip 

Step 14

With a dresden tool or sharp knife open up the mouth to give that depth

Step 15

Shape the forehead and eyebrow to create expressions 

Step 16

Finally finish the lips and make two dimples on either sides 

Step 17

Add small amount of white modelling paste for the teeth 

Step 18

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.

Step 19

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

Step 20

Blush the cheeks, forehead and nose with pink powder colour. Be careful to dust lightly.

Step 21

Make thin eyelashes and eyelids using edible black pen 

Step 22

Paint the iris of the eyes with light brown and white edible gel colours

Step 23

Paint the pupil of the eyes in black

Step 24

Finish the male and female heads and add a bit of gloss on lips if required using red for the female. 

Step 25

Using skin tone modelling paste model the body for both the male and female

Step 26

Roll some light blue modelling paste into a thin sheet

Step 27

Wrap around the male body to form the shirt and fold edges to make collar 

Step 28

Add small balls of white paste for buttons and press with a sharp modelling tool.

Step 29

Cut two rectangular pieces for the sleeves out of the same blue sheet 

Step 30

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. 

Step 31

Attach the arms over the shoulders and blend the joint. You can use dry pasta inserted into the arm to secure in place.

Step 32

Attach the head to the neck, use a toothpick to keep it in place 

Step 33

Add a small thick circular piece of black modelling paste over the head to make the hair 

Step 34

Use a shell tool to make the texture of the hair 

Step 35

Keep the figurine upright and let it set

Step 36

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 

Step 37

Now roll a thin sheet of white modelling paste and form some frills and pleats 

Step 38

Glue the pleated skirt around the waistline and add shape and form with a modelling tool.

Step 39

Now pleat a pink sheet of modelling paste and cover the white skirt

Step 40

Blend the skirt well with the upper body 

Step 41

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

Step 42

Make the hands and form the fingers.

Step 43

Glue the arms on the body and blend it over the shoulders 

Step 44

Take some brown modelling chocolate and roll an elongated piece, then cut thin triangular strips and twist for the hair.

Step 45

Secure it over the head with some glue 

Step 46

Using the same chocolate paste add fringes.

Step 47

Texture the hair with the Dresden tool. Roll a thin white strip and add a bow around the waist.

Step 48

Add some edible red gel colour to white modelling paste to make red or use pre-coloured modelling paste 

Step 49

Roll a thin sheet of the red paste and cut heart shapes using heart cutter 

Step 50

Glue the hearts on the hands of the man

Step 51

Glue one heart on the envelope 

Step 52

Place one heart over a brown square made with modelling paste to make the stamp 

Step 53

Using black edible pen paint the print over the stamp and crimp the edges.

Step 54

Write any imaginary address to give a personal touch 

Step 55

Cover a 10” round cake with Saracino Pasta Top and decorate with some hearts 

Step 56

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 

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