So, have you ever made something… say *AHEM* a cake maybe, and when you were finished, you decided you were mostly happy with it? (I say “mostly” ’cause, you know, we “artists” are almost always ridiculously attitudinal and often downright moody when it comes to assessing our own work. COMPLETE head cases, I’d say. But I digress…)
And then, later… it may be minutes later, or even months, but at some annoying point in the future, you look at it again, and you… well… you kindo’ totally hate it? (Told you. Head case.)
Something (but usually somethingS) is simply NOT right about it, and how ON EARTH did you MISS that nonsense when you were making it??? It’s so glaringly OBVIOUS now when you glance at the photo of it, that you can’t help your shoulders (or your face) from scrunching up, pitching forward, and looking as if you’re suddenly RIDICULOUSLY constipated.
Have you been there?
I have. I AM there more often than I’d like to admit. And sometimes, I just can’t get past it.
Soo, if you’ve been hanging around with me for a while, you may recognize part of this li’l cake here… the bottom part, to be precise. Yeah… it’s the same (and I mean the EXACT same, as it’s a styro dummy underneath all o’ the sugar) cake base I used for my first “Teddy Girl” cake… the class I taught at Cake Fest this past February.
But I’ve remade the “Teddy Girl”.
You see, we didn’t, ERRRRM… we didn’t QUITE finish our project in class. (Alright, we so TOTALLY ran out of time that it was a bit shameful. But my students were, like, only the BEST students EVER, so instead of stringing me up by my toenails, they agreed to settle for a private video tutorial to be shared with only them, going over the whole project, to have to refer back to whenever they’d like.)
SO, I had to remake the doll in order to make a video for my riDICulously patient students…
and since this particular doll happens to be one of those projects of mine that brings on said cringing-constipation look, I decided to change her up, ever so slightly.
Ok, let’s call a spade a spade.
Her old look was just straight up, creepy. (It was. You know it. I know it. EEEEVYBUDDY knows it. And I’m not even adding her here. You’ll have to look her up. But come on, you don’t really have time for THAT, do you? )
I didn’t see it when I first made her… and for the life of me, I don’t know why. But once I DID see it, it drove me absolutely bonkers.
So, when it was decided that I needed to make her again, I thought I’d give her a less-Chucky-like upgrade.
I switched her eyes from “alien-spawn” mode to something slightly sweeter, and fashioned her head a bit smaller which helped her lose a smidgen of her “animation-of-the-dead” sorta thing she had goin’ on.
And aside from some obvious color changes, that’s mostly it.
Teddy Girl #2 (or Teddy girl, uncreepified, if you’d rather).
I’m glad to have had such jolly, laid back, AMAZING students in class, and I’m glad to have had the chance to give her another go. I’m now (MOSTLY) happy with her… though, maybe slightly afraid to look at her again.
‘Cause, you know… you just never know.
(Head case. Told you so.) Xx
Some cake design details…
I used homemade modeling chocolate (which I HIGHLY recommend) to make my teddy girl AND to make all of the details of her clothing. (I’ve got a free video tutorial on my YouTube channel, on how to make modeling chocolate, if you want to give it a go.)
But it’s also a great idea to have some ready-made modeling chocolate lying around, just in case you don’t have the time (or the inclination) to make it yourself.
I used Marvelous Molds’ Angie Lace Mold on the cake tier. I am in deep, smoochy love with most of the products that Marvelous Molds’ puts out into the world, and this mold is of NO exception. I LUUURVE it. And I’m not afraid to show it. You can find it (and them), HERE.
You can use fondant or modeling chocolate with this mold. I just wrapped two layers around the center of the cake, the top layer overlapping the bottom slightly… and I pushed up the bottom edges a bit to give it a slightly “fluffed” look.
I brushed some light green petal dust up from the bottom edge of the cake, in a sweeping motion, (and then flipped the cake to do the same thing with the pink from the opposite edge) in order to give the cake a soft, almost watercolor-like effect. (ALMOST, used rather loosely here.)
You can find most of the tools/ingredients I use (like, EVER) listed in my Tools Shop, HERE.
This particular project isn’t made out of actual cake… I’ve covered a stryofoam dummy cake here instead. It’s a good idea to have some of these lying around in case you ever want to practice some new cake designs… or even to use when you want to make a figure and need somewhere to work on it upright, but aren’t ready to insert it into your cake.
You can purchase some dummy cake rounds (and/or squares) from a company called, Chef Rubber! You can actually buy a whole LOT of different cake supplies from Chef Rubber… they’re a good site to have bookmarked. Check ‘em out, HERE!
And you can get the “crocheted” look of the teddy girl’s sweater from this SUPER awesome, double sided, food safe mold I found on Etsy, HERE! I absolutely, LOVE it!
(I know you want to see old, creepy doll. But she’s sleeping right now…
and who am I to wake her?
Check out Shawna’s full length, $5 video tutorials in her Tutorials Shop, HERE!