Princess Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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with Janette MacPherson
Skill level: Easy
HD Lessons: 6
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1. Making the body

In this lesson, Janette creates a lovely elegant body using only a leaf tool, a small circle cutter and her hands. At this point, make sure your hands are clean and nice and warm…she is a princess after all. It might be good to have a picture to refer to, perhaps of a woman sat in a dress, to help you shape the dress realistically.

For the full tutorial see Princess and the Pea

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2. Making the feet

Janette makes it look so easy and the final result it cute dainty, little feet. Take your time and and think carefully about the size, shape and positioning of the feet in relation to the rest of the model.

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3. Preparing the head

You could obviously just make a large ball of sugarpaste, shape it and then allow it to dry but remember that it will be sitting on top of a neck and you want to avoid it being too heavy. Instead, Janette wraps some sugarpaste around a 40mm polystyrene ball. Take time to consider where you place the eyes as everything else follows from here so you want to get it right. Generally, eyes are placed in the middle of the head but if you would like to give a more childlike appearance then perhaps even lower.

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4. Adding facial features

Janette uses a simple technique for the eyes that requires some painting so a steady hand and good concentration is required. Roll out two small balls of sugarpaste to sit in the eye sockets and flatten them into shape once placed in the sockets. Secure them with a bit of water and wait a couple of minutes before painting. Choose any colour you like for the eye colour and simply paint small circles to create the iris. Now you can paint in the pupils and once the paint is dry, add two tiny balls of white sugarpaste to create a realistic reflective look.

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5. Adding the hair

To create the hair, simply make two thick medium sized tear shapes of sugarpaste and then flatten them slightly. Wrap them around the head in to parts creating a hair parting and then create a fringe by rolling out a small tapered sausage of sugarpaste.

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6. Making the crown

Janette quickly creates a cute little crown for the princess – all you need is something small and circular that will cut out nice round notches such as a flower cutter or even a straw. Once you have rolled out the sugarpaste (not too thin) simply cut out a strip of about 1cm in width and then cut out half circles along the top of the strip (six times) and then cut it at the dip of the first and last half circle and then join together to create a circular crown. To make this step even easier, make small ball of sugarpaste to wrap it around and then leave it to dry for a while.

Janette MacPherson

Janette MacPherson

Janette is a self-taught cake designer based in Drumnadrochit in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. With a University Degree in Animation and a previous career as a Graphic Designer, she is now a lucky Mummy of three who unleashes her creative needs in cake form. Janette specialises in bespoke, personalised, highly detailed designs which capture memories, create a talking point and have even brought tears to eyes. Figure modelling is her speciality. She can create figures and pets from photographs and also replicate any personal items such as beloved teddies, favourite hobbies, outfits.... whatever you need!
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