Make your own wedding cake figurines to create a one of a kind cake topper for your special day. The task of sculpting bride and groom figurines can be a bit daunting, especially for someone who does not have experience with creating gum paste ornaments. Accomplish the task by working slowly and practicing with the gum paste to perfect your techniques.
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Things you need
- Gum paste mix
- Food dye
- Wooden dowels
- Paint brush
Mix the gum paste with water according the directions on the package. Divide the gum paste into sections determined by the number of colours you will use in your figurines.
Tint the gum paste with food dye. You will need some flesh coloured gum paste and tinted gum paste to represent the clothing your figurines will be wearing. Knead the colour into each piece of gum paste until is has a uniform colour.
Roll some of the flesh coloured gum paste into two balls. These will be the heads of your figurines.
Insert a long wooden dowel halfway into each ball. The dowel will provide stability to your figurine.
Wrap a ball of tinted gum paste around the dowel directly below the head. Form the gum paste with your hand to create the upper body of the figurine. If you are making a man's figurine with a shirt and jacket, start with the colour of the shirt then form the jacket coloured gum paste around the shirt.
Apply a second ball of gum paste to the wooden dowel to form the lower body or skirt. Form trousers by shaping one leg around the dowel and leaving the second leg free. Otherwise, the dowel will be visible when the figurine is placed on the cake.
Use a toothpick to carve facial features onto the faces of the figurines. Roll out gum paste to form hair and other details. Add details to the figures by painting food colour directly onto the figurines with a very fine paint brush.
Add shoes to the bottom of the figurines with additional gum paste if they will be visible. Trim the dowels as necessary but leave several inches of dowel extending from the figurines. The dowels can be inserted directly into the top of cake to hold the figurines in place.
Tips and warnings
- If sculpting your own figures is not within your artistic capabilities, look for people-shaped candy moulds in craft stores or on the Internet. The gum paste can be pressed into the candy moulds and them removed to create realistic figures. Insert a dowel into the middle of the finished figure for added stability.
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