Monday, November 16, 2009

How to make a Wicked Nice Witch! :-)

Ok, so you all have seen my Witch's Workshop cake and I promised a tutorial for the Witch, so here we are!

1. First you would need to color a ball of fondant in the skin color the witch would have- white, brown, yellow or green, you choose! :-)

2. Take a piece of fondant and make a ball that would be with the size of the head for the witch you need.

3. Mold the eyebrows and nose using your gum paste tools.

4. It really helps to look at real people's pictures while modeling a face, because it gives you an idea what you have to do. There is no recipe how exactly do make a face, but basically you have to push around the dough with your fingers and tools to make the shapes look like they are part of a face. This takes some practice, so don't be discouraged if you don't get it the first time!

5. The tinier the figure, the greater the difficulty you are going to experience while making it. This witch fit in my hand and it was really difficult to make.
Next step would be to take 2 small white balls of fondant or gum paste and form the eyes and the base of the eyelid .

6. With your thumb and finger slightly pull up the base of the neck using the dough from the back of the head, just pressing your fingers together while being careful not to disfigure the face.
With the pointy tool on the picture make a slight opening for the mouth,curl up the edges for the lips and then "install" the teeth made out of white fondant.

7. Now is the time to add facial expression, so if you have one in mind, go for it!
I didn't want my witch to be too scary ;-)

8. Place the eyelids on top of the white eyeballs, then add some wrinkles and perhaps the hat :-)
The hat you can make very simple- from a ball make cone shape, then pres slightly with your fingers to thin the edges and shape the brim, and voila, there is the witch's hat! :-)
Here is one more picture of it:

9. Now is time to color and make other details too! Make the eyes, eyelashes, add some hair ( not all of it at this point, the rest would be when you "install" the hat), and some darker color to the cheeks and face ( she needs to look like a witch after all!)

I had the dilemma if I should put a mole on her nose or not...but decided against it at the end. If I've made the nose more scary, I would have though! But the cake was for small kids, I didn't want the witch to give them nightmares! :-) On the background you see the witch's legs with stalkings and shoes.

10. For the body, use a large ball of fondant or gumpaste with the color of the witch's dress, then shape it with your fingers to form a waist line and chest.

11. Place a "skirt" of the same color over the bottom part of of the Witch's torso, then add an apron and maybe some layering under the skirt. I made the mistake to leave the layering after I made the skirt, but initially the legs were supposed to dry before that, so I could have layered everything on top. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to wait for the legs to dry I had to improvise.

12. So now we have the hat, the legs, the head and the torso, it's time to make some arms and cape!

13. I advise you to place the head after you put the cape on, so it would give the impression that it fit's snugly with the collar.
I made the green sleeves and then added the hands.

14. Some extra decoration like- broom, books, cat, candleholder, potions etc, and you are ready!

15. Here it is:

And here is the finished cake again!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My October Cake Challenge Cake- The Witch's Workshop

I've promised you that this cake would be "sweet" and you know I keep my promises! :-)
I made it for the Harvest Hoedown bake sale at my son's school. It was really funny, because I mentioned to the PTO what I'm making but I guess they didn't quite understand what I meant. I mean, it's not every day you see a fondant cake at a school bake sale, right? :-) So when I brought the cake to the sale, they had no idea what to do with it, because it was a 50 cent bake sale.LoL
Now, this is my first school bake sale, so I had no idea how it works, but I am so happy that everything turned out to be fine, since the PTO people acted quickly and they did a raffle for the cake as a prize and it was a huge success!

There was a little girl admiring the cake pretty much the whole time it was on display and I was very happy for her, when she won it!
Her mom told her something like " What are we going to do with it, how are we going to cut it" and the girl immediately protested "Oh, no!! We are NOT cutting it!". LoL

It was great fun that night, I hope I can participate next year too. After all, it's just on time for the October cake Challenge, so it works out perfectly! :-)

If there is enough interest I'll post soon the tutorial how to make the witch, so if you want to see it, leave me a comment that you do. The witch is so small, she can fit in my palm, can you believe how difficult it was to make it? :-)

I have used Devil's food recipe for the basic cake, the filling was an improvisation, because the night before I was supposed to make it I found out that I don't have whipping cream, so I had to use something else.
I combined cream cheese, butter, condensed milk and chocolate and it came out really, really yummy! Especially since I added walnuts.
If anybody wants the recipe, leave me a comment and I'll post it!

I didn't have as much fun as I did with this cake in a really long time! I mean, imagine how cool was to make the little books, and the little potions, and the broom! I sure had fun!!!

Tell me this doesn't look like cast iron ;-)!
And the thing is that I've used pearl dust only on one spot, otherwise the whole cauldron is black :-)

Monday, November 2, 2009

I am thrilled!

Yes, I am!
Do you know why? Because yesterday I received an e-mail from a reader that had used my Buzz Lightyear tutorial to make a cake!

I am so happy that I finally received some feedback on how people use the website that I asked Jennifer Spiller ( that's the name of the lady who made the cake) to send me pictures so I can upload them and show you what a amazing cake she did!

This is the cake Jen made:
Jennifer Spiller makes the Buzz LightYear Cake
If you want to see more pictures, click here.

She used this cake tutorial ( click)

She says that she is relatively new at fondant, but it doesn't show at all!

Fantastic job, Jen, I am so proud of you! I hope the kid that it was for liked it! :-)

I've opened a new album called " Annie's Art Book Readers give it a try". If you've tried my recipes and you want your work to be shown on my website let me know!

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