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Toolbox Cake Tutorial (Part 1)
Hayley

Toolbox Cake Tutorial (Part 1)

by Hayley
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Turn an ordinary sponge cake into a work of art with this toolbox cake tutorial. Perfect for a range of occasions such as birthdays, Fathers Day and many more, it will certainly impress friends and family. The realistic-looking toolbox complete with edible accessories (such as a pair of pliers, screws and paper) are made entirely from sugarpaste and modelling paste, putting your skills to the test! A great way to learn how to model with sugarpaste and make something unique. Give it a go today! This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial and will show you how to decorate the cake drum, add some detail to the toolbox and create an edible hand-written note for your loved one!

you will need...

  • Rectangular or Square Cake
  • 12" Square Cake Drum
  • Poppy Red Sugarpaste
  • Black Sugarpaste
  • Powder Blue Sugarpaste
  • Yellow Sugarpaste
  • Silver Modelling Paste
  • White Modelling Paste
  • Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste
  • Wood Texture Sheet
  • Blade Modelling Tool
  • Black Edible Pen
  • Cake Smoother
  • Cutting Wheel / Knife
  • Cake Pop Stick
  • Tangerine / Red Edible Pen
  • Baby Pink Sugarpaste
  • Grey Sugarpaste
  • Skin Coloured Sugarpaste

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instructions

Put your apron on and get baking! You'll need to bake a rectangular cake - this can be any size you like (we have made ours so that it is a realistic size to a real toolbox).

Decorating The Cake Drum

1. Before you even think about making any of your edible tools or even decorating the cake, the first thing you need to do is cover the cake drum. In order to fit everything on the board, you need a cake drum that is roughly 4" bigger than the length of your cake. Here we have made a 5.5" (width) x 8.5" (length) cake and used a 12" drum. As you can see, this just about fits everything onto it.

2. Take 2 packets of Renshaw Teddy Bear Brown Sugarpaste and knead these well, until you have a smooth round ball of sugarpaste to work with. Dust your work surface with icing sugar, and then roll this out to approximately 2mm thick. Use a ruler to make sure the sugarpaste is the correct size (roll this out to a couple of inches bigger than the cake drum itself).

3. Drape the sugarpaste over the cake drum, and then use a cake smoother to flatten it out across the board. You can also use a little royal icing in the middle of the cake drum before draping the sugarpaste to make sure that it sticks if necessary. Use a sharp knife to trim around the edge of the cake board so that you are left with just the surface of the drum covered with sugarpaste.

4. Now it's time to use your wood impression mat. Place the impression mat on the sugarpaste and press down firmly with your fingers. Carefully lift the impression mat away from the drum. You will need to repeat this step several times if using the smaller sized impression mat, or alternatively it may be easier to purchase our larger set of texture sheets when covering large surfaces.

5. Once the drum is decorated with your wood pattern, you need to take your blade modelling tool and make lots of vertical lines down the sugarpaste. This will make the 'planks' to create a realistic flooring effect. Each 'plank' should be roughly half an inch in width. When using the blade modelling tool, be sure to just indent the sugarpaste, not pierce through it.

6. Now you need to split your planks of wood up into several sections by again, using the blade modelling tool. Make several horizontal lines across each plank as pictured.

7. Now that the cake drum is complete, you can cover your toolbox. You can make the toolbox whatever colour you like, but here we have gone for a traditional bright red colour, using poppy red sugarpaste. You could also choose to use a square cake for this, but we think a rectangular one is more realistic! One you have covered your cake with sugarpaste, place this on top of your cake drum at a slight angle. Leave enough room at the front of your cake drum for the edible tools.

Adding Detail To The Toolbox

8. The toolbox wouldn't be much of a box without a lid! A really easy way to make a lid for your box is to simply draw a long horizontal line across it. This will give the illusion that your toolbox is shut. To do this, take a ruler and hold this against your cake, roughly 1" from the top of your cake. Take your blade modelling tool and carefully 'draw' a line along the front of the box. Repeat this step on the sides of the box, making sure that all of the lines join up.

Making The Paper

9. Now the fun really starts! It's time to make the details that will bring your cake to life. Start by making the paper for your personalised message to go on by rolling out a chunk of white modelling paste to roughly 1mm thick (or paper thin, if you can!)

10. Using a cutting wheel, cut a rectangular shape out of the modelling paste. We have made our paper 3" x 4". Use a sharp knife if needed to make the paper edges poker-straight.

11. If you don't have a small enough cutter to make the hole punches, use a cake pop stick to pierce the modelling paste. This creates the perfect sized holes! Push the stick all the way through the 'paper' and then scrape off any excess modelling paste from around the edges. Leave this to dry slightly before completing the next step.

12. Using a black edible pen and your ruler, make lots of horizontal lines across the paper. These should be roughly 1cm apart.

13. Allow the ink to dry a little before drawing the orange or red vertical lines for your paper margins. We have used a 'tangerine' coloured edible pen for this, but a red one would also work well.

14. All that's left to do now is write your message - this can be anything from 'Happy Birthday' to 'Happy Fathers Day' - anything you like. The beauty of this is that you don't need to worry about making your hand-writing neat; it's supposed to be realistic and will add a lovely personal touch. We've used a black edible pen to write our message, but again you can use whatever colour you like. For a quirky effect, use your fingers to curl one of the corners of the paper upwards.

Making The Edible Pencil

15. For the pencil, you firstly need to roll some yellow sugarpaste into a sausage shape. This should be roughly 1/2 centimetre in diameter (just imagine the width of a real pencil).

16. Use a sharp knife to cut the pencil to roughly 2" long.

17. Next, roll a small piece of pink sugarpaste into a sausage (same width as the pencil) and then cut this to just under 1cm in length.

18. To join the rubber to the end of the pencil, roll out a small piece of grey sugarpaste and cut this into a strip (0.5cm width). Glue the pink rubber to the end of the pencil (using edible glue) and then wrap the grey strip around where they join together. Stick into place again using a small amount of edible glue.

19. For extra detail, use your black edible pen to draw several vertical lines down the length of the pencil, roughly 0.5cm apart.

20. Lastly, to make the end of the pencil, take a small piece of skin (peach) coloured sugarpaste and roll this into a cone shape. Take a tiny piece of black sugarpaste to make the lead, and also roll this into a pointed cone shape. Stick the peach cone onto the end of the pencil, followed by the lead, moulding them together slightly with your fingers. Use edible glue to secure into place.

21. Stick the paper to the cake drum using a little edible glue. Place the pencil on top of this at an angle for effect.

That's the end of part 1! To finish off your toolbox cake and make the rest of your edible accessories, try out part 2.

 

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