I made the nose four times, the upper lip and mouth creases double that and I’m still not happy with the eyes…but at least it’s finished. I was planning on making a cute little cake for my son’s first birthday- perhaps his favorite lovey or the car he likes to play in but then I saw a photo on my friend, Sachiko’s instagram feed from mimicafeunion.
I told my husband I wanted to challenge myself. He looked back at me wide-eyed and in silence; I can only imagine what he was thinking, most likely, “Oh, no” or “Here she goes again, shirking household and child-rearing duties on me.”
I had never sculpted a human head before and I thought this was the perfect opportunity…since I was the client. I have sculpted many animals in my time: dogs (check), cats (check), dinosaurs, monsters, even an alien, shark and fish (check,check,check,check,and yes, check)- but never a human. Plus I thought it would be fun to look at my cute baby boy all day.
So I plopped him down in my studio and asked him to turn to the side so I could snap his profile, luckily he cooperated :-). I also took a photo of him in the position I wanted for the cake and blew it up based on the size (and amount of cake) I needed.
This cake took lots of planning. Aside from just the size and amount of cake to make- I needed to make a base for the bottom of the cake, a middle support board, a board for the bottom of the head and cut holes through ALL the boards AND cake. I cut a hole through everything because I glued a dowel through the cake drum to hold all the cake together (in addition to internal support dowels)
After carving the head, I decided it was going to be too heavy. I had enough cake to feed my guests (I baked a red velvet cake too because it was my cousin’s birthday and that’s his favorite!) so I opted to make the head out of styrofoam (I find rice krispie treats too heavy). I covered the head and made all the features out of fondarific’s sculpting chocolate and thank goodness for innovative sugar works, sugar shapers…not sure how I would have done it without them. I also love my small ball tool and veining tool.
I covered the body with a combination of Satin Ice’s Chocolate fondant and Fondarific’s sculpting chocolate. Then I THREADED the cake through the dowel and attached the cake to the board covered in pale blue fondant.
Once I got the head pretty close to the shape I wanted then I attached everything together, the head was also threaded on dowel.
After a snow storm, a couple of sleepless nights, I finished the cake ONE HOUR before the guests arrived. And luckily for me, my awesome cousin, Jordan Pique arrived just in time to take professional photos.
I used this extruder to “embroider” his name onto the cake with Satin Ice’s pre-dyed gum paste
My poor baby boy didn’t know what to make of the cake!