Fifty Shades Of Cake

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Fifty Shades Of Cake

with Valentina Terzieva
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 19
Decorating time: 1 Day
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1. Making the Figurines Head

In this lesson Valentina shows us how to start the head, bringing out all the key shapes and features with one piece of sugarpaste (approx. 35g). First of all she adds a little CMC to it and then kneads it until it strengthens. Getting the head shape right at the beginning is key, so try and make a slightly oval egg shape and get the eyes in the centre. From here Valentina uses a mixture of modelling tools such as the dresden tool, veining tool, cell stick, small ball tool and her hands to bring it all to life. You’ll be amazed at how much detail can be formed with the smallest of movements.

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2. Making the Eyes

You can see already how amazing this model is going to end up looking after just one lesson. Now we are onto the eyes. Always remember to hold the head loosely as you work on it, and try to be as delicate and subtle as possible with your modelling tools. Watch how little Valentina does in terms of movement with them but gets incredible results.

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3. Making the Figurine’s Ears

Valentina shows us how to position the ears on the head by measuring out by eye and with the tools you have to hand, marking the head lightly to keep yourself right. Once you have your position simply roll out very small tear drop shapes of sugarpaste and attach them. To attach them to the head she cleverly pushes them in with a leaf veining tool. This adds a very realistic ear canal and attaches them even more securely. For fine detail, she uses her silicone brush and draws a question mark shape on the edge of the ear. To finish, she adds more detail by adding in a tiny sausage of white sugarpaste into the mouth, which she then closes up more as though revealing the teeth inside.

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4. Making Your Own Template

Here Valentine shows us how we can make our very own template and explains how she has come up with ways of making sure the body is always in proportion. It’s all so simple and is very handy to know for future projects.

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5. Making the Body

Valentina starts off with a 80g ball of sugarpaste mixed with CMC and rolls it into a sausage. Again you can use your template to guide you to how long you should roll it out. In this lesson you will only need your hands, a leaf veining tool and a cell stuck. You’ll be amazed by the results you can get using just your fingers.

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6. Making the Legs

Valentina starts off with a 80g ball of sugarpaste mixed with CMC and rolls it into a sausage. Again you can use your template to guide you to how long you should roll it out. In this lesson you will only need your hands, a leaf veining tool and a cell stuck. You’ll be amazed by the results you can get using just your fingers.

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7. Making the Underwear

In this lesson Valentina shows us how to make underwear using small quantities of thinly rolled out black sugarpaste. She then shapes it using circle cutters and a scalpel knife. To create a lovely decorative set of underwear she uses black sugar lace which really finishes it off.

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8. Making the Arms

Valentina starts off with 20g of flesh coloured sugarpaste which she then divides into two to give her the correct amount of sugarpaste per arm. It’s always worth weighing as you go, to make sure you have the correct amount to work with. Valentina advises that it’s always best to make the body arms and legs all in the same day, as it’s easier to join everything up while it’s still soft.

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9. Decorating the Cake

Valentina has already covered the cake in red sugarpaste and will now show us how to decorate it in keeping with the naughty but nice theme. Valentina uses a black fishnet sugar lace, which she then cuts into section and places randomly on the cake secured with a little water. To add more interest, she chooses a feminine stencil which will then be airbrushed around in the next lesson.

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10. Decorating the Cake Pt 2

Valentina rolls out another thin piece of red sugarpaste which will act like a bed sheet on top of the cake. To decorate it, she places a stencil on top of it and then airbrushes around it with a nice deep red airbrush paint. While airbrushing she sections certain parts off with baking paper which also protects her surfaces.

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11. Making the Pillows

For the pillows Valentina simply sticks with the same red sugarpaste and creates various shapes by rolling out sausages or thick flat pieces covered in cling film, which she then cuts over with a circle cutter. She then adds more interest and the illusion of material by marking them with her veining tool and adding buttons and so on.

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12. Making the Props

In this lesson Valentina shows us how to make little props, using a little sugarpaste and the black fishnet cake lace. Some great tips on how to create miniature items of clothing!

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13. Painting the Face

Here Valentina demonstrates how to paint the face. You will need an incredibly small paint brush, a little white and green sugarpaste and a very steady hand! Valentina also shows us clever ways of using small ball tools help paint the smaller details without smudging. A small cotton bud and clear alcohol will be your friend at this stage.

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14. Painting the Face Pt 2

Valentina goes on to finish the face by painting the lips and adding a lovely soft blusher to the figurine’s cheeks.

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15. Finishing the Body

In this lesson Valentina finishes off the body by dusting some black stockings which looks very realistic using the technique demonstrated. She then adds the figurine to the cake and is ready to finish it all off by adding her hair.

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16. Finishing Touches

Using just a 30g ball of well kneaded black sugarpaste, Valentina manages to create beautiful long hair with only a dresden tool and a little bit of water. Once she has finished this, she completes the whole design by adding an extra little shine to the eyes.

 

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17. Other Ideas

Here Valentina shares some other ideas you can use when making this cake to make it unique to you.

We would love to see your take on the bed time model so please share your pictures with us on our Facebook page as well as Valentina’s.

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18. Pro Lesson

In this lesson Paul and Valentina discuss some insider information regarding costing, pricing and so on. Vital information for any professional cake designer.

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19. Highlights

Here we have selected some of the key moments in this tutorial that should be more than enough to get you started.

Valentina from Valentina Sugarland introduces us to her fun and flirty Bed Time figurine cake. This cake combines cake decorating with advanced modelling and would be a fun celebration cake.

In this tutorial you'll learn advanced modelling and create a partially clothed figurine which poses its own challenges - as you need to be able to get rid of obvious joins without being able to cover them up with clothes. Valentina shows us how to create realistic flesh tones with beautiful edible paint work to bring the figurine to life. You will also learn how to create intricate miniature lingerie combing work with sugarpaste and sugar lace.

This cake would be perfect for a hen party, but with the skills learned could be adapted to suit any occasion. Once you learn how to create model to this level, the world is your oyster!

We would love to see your version of the 50 Shades Of Cake - please share your snaps with us on our Facebook Page as well as Valentina's.

Valentina Terzieva

Valentina Terzieva

Valentina Terzieva is an award winning cake designer and teacher located in Berlin, Germany. She discovered the art of cake decorating at the age of 5 and fell in love. Her belief that there are endless possibilities with sugar art is what has kept her passionate about cake design and makes her an acclaimed teacher. She is extremely advanced in modelling with sugar paste and modelling chocolate and has had the honour of winning Gold Medal at Cake International in the UK three times! She teaches modelling to all skill levels throughout Europe including  Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She is frequently published in cake magazines demonstrating mini tutorials and is currently working on a book about modelling with sugarpaste which will no doubt be excellent.

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