Friday, 20 November 2009
Okay, so if you've read Part 1 of the Tutorial here, you have the cake all carved up and ready to cover with fondant. First of all, you need to cover it in either a layer of buttercream (it doesn't matter if it is a crusting one or not) or a layer of melted jam to make the fondant stick. I prefer buttercream because I think you get a smoother finish at the end. It's up to your own personal preference though, it's just to stop the fondant slipping around on the cake or lifting off in places.
Next you want to roll out some red fondant and place it next to the cake so you don't have to carry it very far (it is most likely to tear while you are lifting it from the bench top to the cake).
Now carefully slide both arms under the fondant and gently lift it up and place it on top of the cake
I usually take off all rings and bracelets before I start rolling out the fondant, but if you haven't, it's a good idea to do that now so your jewellery doesn't dig in to the fondant. Now with cupped hands, gently press the fondant down following the contours of the cake and then cut off any excess.
If you get any cracks, just rub them gently with warmed fingers, and put a bit of copha/crisco on your hands and rub it in.
Now it's time for the windscreen. Roll out some white fondant and cut it like this:
Then gently place it on the cake. You can make it stick a bit better by lightly brushing a TINY bit of water on the back of the white fondant.
Next up are the facial features - 2 eyes and a mouth from black. I cut them all out with circle cutters, including the mouth to get a nice rounded smile.
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Now for the side windows:
and stick 'em on
Now to finish the eyes, out of some blue fondant, cut circles slightly larger than the 2 small black ones. I just use a larger piping nozzle turned upside down. Then stick the black circles on top of the blue ones.
and stick them on too
The side markings can pretty much be broken down into a rectancle, a triangle and a curved bit. I used circle cutters to get smooth edges on the curves, and just do the triangle and rectangle by eye.
The numbers are cut with number cutters and the wheels are cut as a larger black circle with a smaller circle inside cut out and replaced with a red inner circle. For the logo on the front, I just print out on paper, cut out and put in place with a tiny smidge of water.
All done! Now it's your turn. It's really not that hard, so have a go. At the end, if your kitchen is any less of a mess than this:
then I am REALLY impressed!!
Thanks for reading.