I love making kids cake toppers but they are not easy, especially when they have to look like a famous character. I’ve been making cakes for about four years and it’s still daunting to me but it gets so much easier when you break it down, so here’s my step by step Henry Hugglemonster tutorial.
Every time I start a cake or a model I like to look at pictures of the character and try to break down each sections, think about the different proportions. How big is the hands & feet compared to the head. How many colours will I need. Which parts will need longer to dry?
The first stage for me is always getting my materials ready. I mix my fondant with a little tylo powder to make it much easier to work with, but it also sets much harder than fondant alone so avoids breakages etc. You need to knead in a little tylo at a time until you get a consistency similar to playdoh, so it’s not soft & sticky, something you can mould in your hands.
I also add my colouring at this stage too. Don’t use liquid colouring as this will destroy your fondant. Instead you need to use a gel colour, I love Sugarflair gel colours as they are so vibrant you only need to use a tiny bit.
Once you have your colours mixed and your fondant to a consistency you can work with it’s time to start with the body parts.
1. Create the head, body, hands & legs first so you can get the right proportions
2. Shape the hands & feet by flattening the bulbous part slightly with your fingers. Then take a sharp knife to cut out the triangular sections to create the claws.
3. Next up is to add the tummy stripes before you add any other body parts, much easier than trying to add them after. Believe me I’ve made that mistake before! Make sure you create little indents for the arms & legs to slot in, it makes it much more secure when the fit together. Use a little edible glue for this. You can make your own by mixing a tiny amount of tylo powder with water.
4. Create the wings out of two equal sized triangles then cut out the smaller sections.
Give everything a little to dry before moving onto stage 2. Leave them somewhere cool & dry, not in the fridge as they will go soft & soggy. You don’t want the head to have dried solid but it needs to have dried a little so you don’t squash it once you start creating the eyes mouth.
1. Create the eye sockets by pressing slightly into the head with the ball tool. I slightly pushed upwards too to create the raised eyebrow look. I left it to dry a little too long as cracks began to show but these can be smoothed over with your fingers gently.
Next you need to cut into the head to create the mouth. This needs to be done really gently as you don’t want to cut in too far. First decide here you want the top of the mouth to be and press the knife in. The take the second cut up to the first to cut out a wedge shape. You can the smooth the mouth with your finger or a flat modelling tool.
2. To make things easy I used an edible pen to colour inside of the mouth. This needs to be done once it has had a little more time to dry as the pen will just drag the fondant rather than colour it.
Next up is the eyes and nose. Test the size of the eye balls before gluing them into the sockets to make sure they are the right size.
3. Create the horns by making small cones and bend slightly in opposite directions and glue on some yellow stripes of fondant. Attach these to the head and allow to dry again.
4. Now we’re ready to add all the sections together. I always attached the head to the body first then work from there. This is why I didn’t add the spikes to Henry’s head at stage three as there would be nowhere to press the head onto the body.
Add the legs, arms then wings using edible glue. If you feel your model isn’t secure enough then you can use a little dry spaghetti strands as supports. Gently add the spikes to his head with a very small amount of glue.
Finally you’ll need to add the teeth. I put a little glue on the underside of his mouth rather than trying to glue the tiny teeth. The very gently with a pair of tweezers I inserted the teeth and pressed them in really carefully.
Leave him overnight to dry properly and don’t handle him anymore than you have too. Once you’ve decorated or bought your cake you can put him pride of place on top.
I made this gorgeous cake for our friends little boy. Can you tell his Daddy is a Man City supporter with the chosen colour scheme?!
What do you think? Will you be trying out a bit of cake modelling?
I’ve also filmed my first cake decorating tutorial for my YouTube channel. You can take a look at how I cover my cake in fondant icing to get a perfect finish. Don’t forget to subscribe for more videos.