I made these 3D human figures cupcakes a 21st
birthday. The cupcakes were ordered by the birthday girl’s mother and were
ordered together with another cake that was supposed to be the main birthday
The entire order was centred around the birthday girl’s wishes
and I could sense how much the mother wanted the event to be as special as
possible for her beloved daughter.
3D Human Figures Cupcakes
This set of cupcakes were very symbolic. It was a lovely message from the entire family to the birthday girl and the toppers represent all her family members including her 3 pets.
And I must say, that class really did help me with my figure modelling (only the human figures by the way. The class does not cover animals modelling so the dog toppers I have on this page were not covered in the class). I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is looking into mastering the art of modelling human figures.
So back to the cupcakes. There were a total of 12 cupcakes in this set out of which 5 had 3D human figure toppers and 3 had 3D fondant dog toppers. Each one of the human toppers represented the birthday girl’s family members – the mother, father, grandmother and her 2 sisters. The mother requested that the birthday girl’s figurine be made on her birthday cake, so she was not represented here. And the fondant dog toppers were off course the family pet dogs.
The remaining 4 cupcakes were decorated with a special
message to the birthday girl from all the family members.
I placed the cupcakes on a cake board that was customized
specifically to hold 12 cupcakes. I made this myself by rolling a thick piece
of fondant onto a cake drum and then cut out 12 holes (big enough to fit the
cupcakes) in the fondant using my round cutters before placing one cupcake into
each hole. In cutting the holes, I made sure they were positioned consistently apart
on the cake board.
Let’s look at the main supplies I used to make these
3D Human Figures Cupcakes - Supplies
These were the main supply used to make the 3D human figures cupcakes:
Fondant – All the fondant work on these cupcakes were from Satin Ice fondant. Some were readily available colors while some were made by mixing gel food colors (I used both Wilton and Americolor) into white fondant.
CMC powder – This was added to fondant in very small quantities to help fondant set firmer and harder, especially when making 3D structures or designs on cakes. I used this in the fondant I used to make the 3D fondant dogs.
Floral wire – All the fondant human figurines had structures made of wires. And I used 24 gauge floral wire to do it.
And this was how I put the 3D human figures cupcakes
I started with the human toppers. Having watched the Craftsy
video I mentioned above, I learned to create the internal structures for my
human figurines with floral wire. Once the structures were up, I mixed my gum paste
to the required colors and started making the fondant figurines.
In making these figurines, I formed the body, legs, hands
and the head separately and then attached them all together. Only after that
did I add the clothes on, so this in a way felt quite like playing dressing!
And I find this to be an effective technique is creating human figure toppers
for cakes. And since these figurines were wired, I made sure there was excess
wire underneath, long enough to poke into the cupcakes (I used lollipop sticks
to insert the wires into before poking into the cupcakes.) to hold the
figurines in place.
3D Human Figures Cupcakes
3D Human Figures Cupcakes
The dog toppers were made out of fondant mixed with CMC. All these were formed by hand with the help of my fondant shaping tools. There were no wires or support structures for these and they were attached to the cupcakes with fondant glue.
As for the cupcakes, these were baked using my chocolate
cake recipe. Each cupcake was given a thin coating of buttercream before being
covered in fondant. For the fondant cover, I used my round scalloped cutter to
cut out the red and brown circles.
As for the lettering on the cake, I used my FMM Tappit
letter cutters and cut out the birthday wishes in white gum paste. I attached
these lettering to the cupcakes with shortening.
The silver pearl beads were originally white sugar dragees I
bought from a local cake decorating supplies shop. I colored them silver by
putting them in a plastic bag together with some edible silver dust and a few
drops of lemon extract. I then shook the bag until the pearl beads were all
well coated with the silver dust. And then I poured them onto a shallow plate
and let them dry. Once dried, I picked them up with a tweezer and attached them
to the cupcakes with fondant glue.
And the yellow rosses on one of the cupcakes were simple
rolled roses. They were formed by hand, by simply rolling a thin pieces of
yellow fondant. The leaves were also formed by hand, and I used my sugar craft
knife to mark a line in the centre to make the leaves look more like leaves.
And finally, the 2 red fondant heart cut outs were cut using
my heart shaped plunger cutter and attached the cupcake with shortening.
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