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Under The Sea Cake Topper Tutorial - Coral & Sponges
Hayley

Under The Sea Cake Topper Tutorial - Coral & Sponges

by Hayley
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Whether you're making an 'under the sea' or mermaid cake or cupcakes, this tutorial will show you how to make the little sea plants and creatures that will bring your cakes to life! In this tutorial, we will take you step-by-step to show you how to create coral and sea sponges out of sugarpaste. Perfect for any water or sea related cakes, these colourful decorations are sure to add beautiful detail that will make your cakes stand out from the crowd.

you will need...

  • Renshaw Yellow Sugarpaste
  • Culpitt Blue Sugarpaste
  • Bulbous Cone Modelling Tool
  • Lincoln Green Sugarpaste
  • Medium Round Cutter
  • Small Round Piping Tip
  • Snowflake Cutter
  • Rolling Pin
  • Gum Tragacanth
  • Knife
  • Kitchen Roll

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you will need...

Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Yellow Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Culpitt Blue Sugarpaste 250g
Culpitt Blue Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.69
PME Modelling Tool Set
PME Modelling Tool Set
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£19.99
Renshaws Regalice Lincoln Green Sugarpaste 250g
Renshaws Regalice Lincoln Green Sugarpaste 250g
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£1.59
Plain & Fluted Round Cutter Set
Plain & Fluted Round Cutter Set
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£3.59
JEM #1 Round Piping Tip
JEM #1 Round Piping Tip
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£1.79
Snowflake Plunger Cutters
Snowflake Plunger Cutters
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£3.79
9
9" Non-stick Rolling Pin with Thickness Gauge
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£3.60
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
Sugarflair Gum Tragacanth (Superior Grade)
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£4.69
Tala Tapered & Angled Palette Knife
Tala Tapered & Angled Palette Knife
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£3.47

instructions

To allow your toppers to dry hard and retain their shape, you'll need to add some gum tragacanth or CMC powder to your sugarpaste before you start to model. If you choose to use modelling paste, this step isn't necessary.

Trumpet Sponge

1. Take four pieces of sugarpaste (each roughly the size of a small grape) and using your hands roll them into smooth sausage shapes of slightly varying lengths and thickness'.

2. Using the bulbous cone tool, take one end of the sausage and gently make a well or indentation in the centre of the sugarpaste, roughly 0.5cm deep. Repeat this step with the other 3 sausages.

3. Finally, you will need to join the 4 sausages together to make one big trumpet sponge. To do this, take 3 of the sausages and lay them side by side, ensuring that they are all facing the same way (with the indented ends aligning). Using your fingers, gently push the sausages together to make them stick. Place the final sausage on top to complete the trumpet sponge.

Sea Sponge

4. Take a piece of sugarpaste (the size depends on how big you want to make your sea sponge), and roll into a smooth ball.

5. Next you will need to create lots of smaller balls to stick onto the main foundation of your sea sponge. Once rolled into shape, position the balls, one at a time, onto the main body of your sea sponge until they completely cover the surface area.

6. Take the bulbous cone tool and gently make a small hole in one of the small balls. Repeat this until all of the balls are indented.

7. You have now created your first sea sponge. Make several more sea sponges of varying sizes and colours for a bold and fun look.

Coral

8. Take a piece of sugarpaste and roll into a ball, approximately the size of a walnut. Take a small amount of gum tragacanth and mix into the sugarpaste. Knead well.

9. Roll out the sugarpaste to approximately 1mm thick. Cut out a circle shape using your cutter, and save the remaining sugarpaste to make more coral shapes later.

10. Using the wider end of the small piping tip, cut out a half circle along the edge of your bigger circle shape. Repeat several times.

11. Next, using both ends of the piping tip, cut out circles from the main body of the coral. You can be as creative as you like and cut out as many holes as you want.

12. Lastly, to give your coral depth, leave your shape draped over a piece of twisted kitchen roll or tissue paper. This will give the coral a wavy effect once the sugarpaste has hardened.

Sea Fan

13. Take a piece of sugarpaste and roll into a ball, approximately the size of a walnut. Roll out the sugarpaste to approximately 1-2mm thick. Cut out your sea fan shape using the snowflake cutter.

14. Using your knife, cut the shape across the centre to make two separate pieces.

15. Next you need to create a pattern on the sea fan shapes. Take the larger icing tip and, using the narrow end, cut out holes along the fanned edges.

16. Finally, take the smaller icing tip and, using the narrow end, create little circle indentations on the sea fan. You can do this in whatever pattern you like.

Now you've made your coral and sponges, why not make some more sea decorations using our seaweed and shells tutorial?

 

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