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Fondant Fairy Cake Topper
Jaqui

Fondant Fairy Cake Topper

by Jaqui
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So you want to make a sugarpaste fairy cake decoration but have no idea where to start? Well you've come to the right place! Fairies can be used on all sorts of cakes... fairytale and fantasy cakes, princess cakes and even Christmas cakes. They're perfect for adding instant decoration to birthday cakes and are ideal for children, so with the help of this tutorial you could create something simply magical! Follow these easy steps to make your very own fondant fairy.

you will need...

  • Skin Coloured Sugarpaste
  • Pink Sugarpaste (3 Shades)
  • Cake Smoother
  • Small Leaf Cutter
  • Ball Modelling Tool
  • Cake Pop Stick or Dowel
  • Cocktail Stick
  • Blue Paste Colour
  • Scallop Modelling Tool
  • Yellow Sugarpaste (For Hair)
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Pearl Peach Paradise Dust
  • Edible Glitter
  • Edible Glue

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you will need...

Renshaws Regalice Skin Colour Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Skin Colour Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Renshaws Regalice Fuchsia Pink Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Fuchsia Pink Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Rounded Cake Smoother & Polisher
Rounded Cake Smoother & Polisher
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£2.99
PME Leaf Cutter Set x 3
PME Leaf Cutter Set x 3
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£2.59
PME Ball Modelling Tool
PME Ball Modelling Tool
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£4.14
White Plastic Cake Dowels
White Plastic Cake Dowels
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£2.34
Cocktail Sticks
Cocktail Sticks
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£0.50
PME Paste Colour - Ocean Blue
PME Paste Colour - Ocean Blue
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£1.70
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
PME Scallop & Comb Modelling Tool
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£2.99
Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
Renshaws Sugarpaste White 250g
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£1.39
Rainbow Dust Pearl Crushed Pine
Rainbow Dust Pearl Crushed Pine
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£2.60
Edible Glitter - Shell Pink
Edible Glitter - Shell Pink
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£2.89
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.49

instructions

Before using any sugarpaste, make sure you add some CMC powder or gum tragacanth to it and knead thoroughly. This will help your model dry hard and become more sturdy.

Making The Legs & Feet

1. Take a piece of skin coloured sugarpaste and roll this, using your cake smoother to assist you, into a long thin sausage shape. This will form the legs of your fairy. Cut the sausage into two equal pieces and then gently bend these in half. Take the ends of the legs and squeeze these slightly to form the ankles.

2. Cut out two small oval shapes from the pink sugarpaste and stick these, using edible glue, to the ankles.

Making The Body

3. Next you will need to make the torso. To do this, firstly take a small ball of skin coloured sugarpaste and roll this into a smooth ball. Stick this on top of the legs and secure using a little edible glue.

4. Now you're going to cover the torso with small leaf shapes to make the fairy's skirt. We have chosen to use 3 different shades of pink for this, but you can pick whatever colours you like! Roll each colour out to approximately 2mm thick and then use your small leaf cutter to make lots of leaf shapes.

5. To make the leaves look more like flower petals, use your ball tool to go around the edges of the leaves on your foam mat, as this will make the edges thinner and more delicate and they will curl up like real petals. Do this with all 3 colours.

6. Now you can start to make the skirt. Starting at the bottom, layer the petals using the three different colours, and stick these into place using a little edible glue. Repeat the layers, going higher and higher, until the lower torso is completely covered with petals.

7. To make the upper torso, take a piece of pink sugarpaste (strengthened with CMC powder) and mould this, using your hands, into a body shape (see photos). Attach this to the body using edible glue.

8. Next, make a belt for the fairy (this is a good way to disguise any imperfections). Take two pieces of sugarpaste (in two different shades) and roll these into long, thin sausage shapes. Lay these next to each other and twist them together. Wrap this around the torso and cut to the required length.

Making The Arms

9. For the arms, use the same technique as the legs. Start by rolling a strip of skin coloured sugarpaste, using the smoother, into a sausage shape. Cut them into two equal lengths. I used a hand mould to create the hands but alternatively you can use a sharp knife to cut the fingers.

10. Attach both arms to the torso using edible glue.

11. Create two more petals (the same way as in steps 5 & 6) and glue these to the fairy's shoulders to make little capped sleeves.

Making The Head

12. Take a piece of skin coloured sugarpaste (roughly the size of a fat grape) and roll this into a smooth round ball. Set aside and leave to dry for later use.

13. For the face, start by rolling a ball of skin coloured sugarpaste for the nose and place it in the centre of the face. Next, use the small ball tool to mark out where the eyes will be and then push two small balls of white sugarpaste into the indentations. Use the scallop tool to mark her smile. To finish the eyes, you can paint these on using blue gel colour on the end of a cocktail stick: this creates a lovely shining eye.

14. Before you attach the head to the torso, you'll need to make a neck. Simply roll a small piece of skin coloured sugarpaste into a ball and sit this on top of the body. Now you can place the head on top of this.

15. To make the hair, simply roll thin strands of sugarpaste in whatever colour you like (here we've used yellow). Simply stick the strands of hair onto the head, one by one, until you have covered her head.

16. You can now add the finishing touches, like some peach shimmer on her cheeks and a dusting of pearl shimmer on her skirt. You could also create some fairy wings by using a small butterfly cutter and sticking this to the back of the fairy using edible glue.

Now that your fairy is complete, you could use a selection of sugar blossoms to make a fairy garden. Finish this off using a grass piping tip and green decorating icing to create a simple, effective setting for your fairy to sit in!

 

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