Height of the figure: 13 cm
- Bone tool
- Dresden tool
- Skewer – 10,5 cm
- Teardrop cutters – 1,7 cm and 2 cm
- Brush (for gluing)
- Dusting brush – small round, medium flat
- A small piece of grease proof paper (10 x 10cm)
- 215 g white flower paste
- 18 g black flower paste
- 19 g pink flower paste (combination of: rose + a touch of egg yellow)
- 1 g grey flower paste
- edible glue
- dust colours – pink, black, white
Roll a 100 g ball of white flower paste. Form a teardrop shape to create the body. Flatten the top part slightly. Apply a little amount of glue on the skewer and insert it into the body in rotary motion, all the way down. If the body loses its shape during inserting – fix it.
Roll an 8 g ball of white flower paste and form a narrowed 6 cm long sausage, with a flattened end. Cover the first front leg, not allowing it to dry, for example with a plastic box. Repeat this step for the second front leg.
The photo above presents three stages of preparing the right shape of the hoofs. First of all, use 2 g of black flower paste to roll two 1 g balls. Secondly, flatten each ball on one side by pressing it with your finger (see the photo above). Finally, sharpen the edge of the hoof - hold the hoof between your thumb and the index finger of your left hand and rotate it around its axis with the other hand. Notice: the left-handed cake decorators will probably prefer using the right hand to hold the hoof and the right one to rotate it. At the end we must check whether the diameter of the hoof fits the bottom part of the front leg by bringing together those two shapes. During this step only two hoofs are prepared, so the other two don’t dry before we form the hind legs.
Use a small amount of glue to attach the hoof to the front leg. Flatten the top narrow part of the front legs, as shown in the photo above.
Stick the front legs to the body.
Let’s make the hind legs now. Roll two 10 g balls of white flower paste. Use your little finger to make a narrowing in the centre by rolling the middle part. Flatten one side of the leg, as shown in the photo above.
Bend the leg gently along the narrowing to create an ankle. Round the ankle. Flatten the top part of the leg.
Repeat STEP 3 to prepare two other hoofs for the hind legs. Use a small amount of glue to attach the hoofs to the hind legs.
Stick the hind legs to the body .
Roll a 75 g ball of white flower paste to form a flattened egg shape figure – this will be the head. Make the bottom of this figure flat, as shown in the photo.
Roll a 17 g ball of pink flower paste. Form a flattened kidney shape to make the cow’s muzzle.
Stick the muzzle onto the earlier prepared head shape.
Use the smaller side of the bone tool to make the holes for the eyes. Roll two 4 mm balls of pink flower paste and form little teardrop shapes to create the nostrils.
Use the dresden tool to make the holes in the nostrils (mirror reflection). Roll two 5 mm balls of black flower paste for the eyes. Stick them in the previously created holes.
Roll a 1 cm ball of pink flower paste. Form a 2 cm long sausage that tapers towards both ends. Bend the prepared shape downwards and pinch to form the bottom part of the lips’ edge.
Use a little amount of glue to attach the mouth.
Place a little amount of glue on the skewer. Push the head onto the skewer.
Roll a 1 cm ball of white flower paste and form a 4 cm sausage that tapers towards one end. Roll a 5 mm ball of black flower paste and form a teardrop shape. Use a little amount of glue to stick the teardrop shape at the end of the tapered sausage. Stick the tail to the back of the body.
Roll out 2 g of white flower paste to 1 mm thick. The pink flower paste (1 g) needs to be rolled out very thin. Use the bigger cutter to cut out two white teardrop shapes, and the smaller one to cut out two pink teardrop shapes. Use the smaller cutter to make a shallow mark on the top of the two bigger white teardrop shapes (like shown in the photo).
Stick the small pink teardrop shape onto the bigger white one. Press gently and smooth it out with your finger. Pinch on both sides, as shown in the photo. Cut off one end – the one which will border with the head.
Roll a 1 mm ball of black flower paste to form a sausage. Cut it in half. These will be the eyebrows.
Roll two 7 mm balls of grey flower paste to form two sausages that taper towards one end. Use the scalpel to cut the ends which will border with the head. Stick the horns on the top of the head.
Form five tiny sausages that taper towards both ends (you will need a 7 mm ball of white flower paste) and stick them on the top of the head to make the hair.
For the cow’s spots you will need about 1 g of black flower paste. Form various size balls and flatten them with your fingers. Pull them out in different directions to make distorted shapes. Stick them on using a very little amount of glue – otherwise you may soil the white figurine. If you find flower paste hard to work with, mix it little bit with the black sugar paste. As a result, it will become soft and smooth.
Dust the figure with dust colours. I used colour pink for the pink elements (the inside of the ears, mouth and nostrils), and black mixed with white for the grey elements, like horns.