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Simple Shirt & Tie Cake Tutorial
Hayley

Simple Shirt & Tie Cake Tutorial

by Hayley
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This shirt and tie cake may look complicated, but it's actually not that tricky to make (if I can do it, then you can too!) If you've had a little experience with using sugarpaste before, then this cake is one you might want to try out! Perfect for a range of occasions including Fathers Day and birthdays, the shirt and tie cake can be customised to suit your purpose. It's a great way to get creative in the kitchen and surprise your loved one with an impressive, home-made cake!

you will need...

  • 8" Square Sponge Cake
  • 12
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste
  • PME Regal Purple Sugarpaste
  • Culpitt Purple Sugarpaste
  • Lilac Sugarpaste
  • Red Sugarpaste
  • Silver Modelling Paste
  • White Modelling Paste
  • Wood Texture Sheet
  • Blade Modelling Tool
  • Quilting Modelling Tool
  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife Or Cutting Wheel
  • Ribbon Cutter
  • Edible Glue
  • Buttons Mould
  • Snowflake Lustre Dust
  • Black Edible Pen
  • White Satin Ribbon
  • 15mm Brown Satin Ribbon

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Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8
Ready Made Vanilla Sponge Cake - 8" Sq
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£12.10
5
5" Square Cake Drum / Board
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£1.08
Renshaws Regalice White Sugarpaste 1kg
Renshaws Regalice White Sugarpaste 1kg
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£5.19
Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
PME Sugarpaste - Regal Purple
PME Sugarpaste - Regal Purple
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£1.69
Culpitt Purple Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Purple Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
M&B Luxury Lilac Sugarpaste 500g
M&B Luxury Lilac Sugarpaste 500g
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£3.99
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Poppy Red Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.39
Culpitt Silver Modelling Paste 100g
Culpitt Silver Modelling Paste 100g
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£3.25
Renshaws Flower & Modelling Paste - White
Renshaws Flower & Modelling Paste - White
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£2.69
Manly Sugarpaste Texture Sheets x 6
Manly Sugarpaste Texture Sheets x 6
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£13.90
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
PME Blade & Shell Modelling Tool
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£4.79
PME Quilting Tool
PME Quilting Tool
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£4.79
Non Stick 12
Non Stick 12" Rolling Pin
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£16.79
FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter
FMM Multi Ribbon Cutter
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£10.32
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.36
Decorative Buttons Mould
Decorative Buttons Mould
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£12.94
Sugarflair Sugarcraft Edible Lustre Dust - Claret Wine
Sugarflair Sugarcraft Edible Lustre Dust - Claret Wine
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£2.29
Sugarflair Sugarcraft Edible Ink Pen - Black / Liquorice
Sugarflair Sugarcraft Edible Ink Pen - Black / Liquorice
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£2.29
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
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£0.36
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
Coffee Double Satin Ribbon - 15mm (width)
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£0.36

instructions

Before you start you'll need to have made a square 8" sponge cake (any flavour) and covered this in white sugarpaste. For guidance on how to cover a square cake with sugarpaste, see our how to guide. Alternatively you can purchase one of our ready-made square cakes if you don't fancy making your own!

Decorating The Cake Drum

1. Decorating the cake drum with a wood effect is a really simple way to bring your cake to life and make it look even more realistic. We've used a 12" cake drum with Renshaw's Teddy Bear Brown sugarpaste. Roll out your sugarpaste to approximately 2mm thick and drape this over your cake drum. Make sure when you roll out your sugarpaste that it is a couple of inches bigger than the drum, otherwise you'll have a tough time trying to get the sugarpaste positioned exactly right on the drum!

2. Use a sharp knife to carefully trim around the cake drum and slice off any excess sugarpaste.

3. Using your wood texture sheet, press the sheet into the sugarpaste on your cake drum. Carefully peel back the texture sheet and you'll find a nice wood pattern embossed on your cake drum. If you're using one of our smaller texture sheets then you'll need to repeat this step several times. You may find it easier to use one of our larger wood impression mats as these will cover a larger surface area (and save you time!)

4. To make a 'panelled' effect on the wood, use your blade modelling tool to draw lots of vertical lines on the cake drum. These should be roughly 1cm apart.

5. Again, use the blade modelling tool to break up the panels by drawing several horizontal lines across each panel.

6. Place your square cake on top of the cake drum. If you want to include the added extras, that is the gift tag and cuff links, position the cake a little towards the back of the drum to leave room for these at the front. Otherwise, place the cake in the centre of the board.

Making The Shirt Collar

7. Now your cake is ready to be decorated! Start by rolling out a piece of white modelling paste to roughly 2mm thick. You need to use modelling paste as sugarpaste is too soft to hold its shape!

8. Use a cutting wheel or sharp knife to cut out a long, thin rectangle shape from your white modelling paste (roughly 2.5" x 8"). Cut the ends of the rectangle so that they have diagonal edges rather than straight ones. See photo for guidance.

9. This part can be a little tricky, so take your time. Stand the modelling paste upright and curve this to form a semi-circle. Gently bend the top of the modelling paste away from you and then fold the ends downwards to make the points of the collar. See photo 10 if you get stuck!

10. Sit the collar at the back of your cake and position this as centrally as you can. To keep the collar in place, you can use a little edible glue to stick the points of the collar to the cake.

Making The Tie

11. To make the tie, you firstly need to take a piece of coloured sugarpaste (here we have used a regal purple) roughly the size of a walnut, and roll this into a smooth ball. Shape the ball, using your hands into a flattened tie knot shape.

12. Next, to make the tail of the tie, roll out a piece of purple sugarpaste to approximately 2mm thick and use a sharp knife to cut this into a pointed tie shape.

13. To make the stripes for your tie, you'll need two additional colours of sugarpaste. Here we've used two slightly lighter shades of purple to form a complimentary design. Roll out a piece of purple sugarpaste (one of the lighter shades) to roughly 1mm thick. Use your ribbon cutter to cut out lots of thin strips to use on the tie. Using a ribbon cutter will help you to achieve perfectly even sized strips every time.

14. Lie the strips across the tie in a diagonal pattern, securing into place with a little edible glue. Each strip should be roughly 1" apart. Trim off the excess sugarpaste using a sharp knife.

15. Repeat steps 13 & 14 for the rest of the stripes, adjusting your ribbon cutter so that the strips of sugarpaste are narrower. Use a different (or lighter) colour of sugarpaste for these. Use edible glue to stick these to the tie (see photo 18).

16. To finish the stripey tie, add two strips of sugarpaste to the knot of the tie.

17. Place the knot between the points of the collar. Pinch the top of the tie slightly and stick this directly beneath the knot of the tie.

Making The Pocket

18. To make the pocket, firstly roll out a piece of white modelling paste to around 1mm thick. Using a sharp knife or cutting wheel, cut out a rectangle that measures roughly 6cm by 6.5cm. Cut out a second rectangle measuring 1.5cm by 6cm.

19. Stick the smaller rectangle to the top of the larger one with a little edible glue.

20. Use the quilting tool to create a beautiful stitched pattern along the edges of the pocket.

21. For the button, take a piece of white modelling paste or sugarpaste and press this into the mould. Cut off the excess sugarpaste using a knife and then using your hands, gently bend the mould and carefully remove the button with your fingertips.

22. Stick the button to the top of the pocket, again using a little edible glue. To make the button shiny, lightly dust it with a small amount of snowflake lustre dust.

Making The Pen

23. Now that your pocket is done you can make a pen to go inside it! Start by making the pen lid using a small piece of red sugarpaste, roughly the size of a 5 pence piece. Roll this into a sausage shape where one end is thicker than the other.

24. Cut the sausage to the correct size (around 2cm in length).

25. Again roll another sausage but this time use considerably less sugarpaste. The length of this should be around 1cm longer than the pen lid. Stick this to the side of the lid.

26. Although you won't see the actual pen, you need to create the illusion that it is in the pocket. Use a piece of modelling paste and roll this into a sausage shape, roughly the width of a real pen, and approximately 5cm in length.

27. Place the pen underneath the pocket, using a little edible glue to secure the sides of the pocket to the cake. Secure the lid to the top of the pen so that it sticks out above the pocket. Position the clip of the lid so that it hangs over the top of the pocket, as a real pen would!

Making The Shirt Label

28. The last step is to make the label of your shirt. To do this, take another piece of white modelling paste and roll this out to 1mm thick. Cut out a rectangle shape measuring roughly 2cm by 4cm. Use the quilting tool to make a stitched effect around the edge of the label.

29. Using a black edible pen, write a message on the label. Here we've stuck to our Fathers Day theme and put 'Best Dad'. Stick the label to the inside of the collar using a small amount of edible glue.

30. Finish the cake off by wrapping a lovely white satin ribbon around the base of your cake, securing at the back with double-sided sticky tape. You can also wrap a ribbon around the edge of your cake drum and secure at the back using a pin. This will tie the cake together (pun intended) and give the cake a beautiful professional finish.

That's it! Check out our added extras tutorial that will show you how to make a gift tag and cuff links to decorate your cake board!

 

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