Cute Avocado

Height of the cake topper: 11.5 cm

Cute Avocado

Equipment:

- a piece of styrofoam - approx. size: 13 cm (length) x 10 cm (width) x 3.5 cm (depth)
- styrofoam cake dummy (covered with cling film)*
- chopping board
- serrated knife
- edible marker
- sandpaper (a piece large enough to wrap around a smoother)
- smoother
- small rolling pin
- a piece of greaseproof paper (approx. 18 cm x 15 cm)
- small knife
- bone tool/ball tool (9 mm or similar size)
- round cutter – 4 cm (or similar size)
- wooden skewer (bbq stick)
- cocktail stick
- brushes (for glue and dusting)

*It should be the same depth (or deeper) than the cake on which you are planning to put the topper on. For details go to step 16-17.

Edibles:

- sugarpaste (fondant):
--> light yellow - 80 g
--> green - 90 g
--> brown - 18 g

- flower paste (gum paste):
--> black - 2 g
--> white - 1 g
--> pink - 5 g

- piping gel
- edible glue
- CMC (Carboxymethyl Cellulose)
- corn flour
- edible marker (fine tip)
- dust colours (green, dark green, brown, pink)

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Step 1

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I made the inside of the topper from styrofoam, because I wanted it to be light.

Place the styrofoam piece flat on the chopping board. Draw an avocado shape on the top surface with a marker. You can use the template provided. To download the template click on the 'TEMPLATE' button above the step photo.

With the styrofoam piece laying flat on the board, make multiple straight cuts all around with a serrated knife. Hold the blade at a straight angle to the board all the time. That way you will get straight sides. Then use the sandpaper wrapped around a smoother to shape and smooth the sides.

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STYROFOAM & FOOD SAFETY

Cut and smooth the styrofoam away from all edibles.

The styrofoam needs to be isolated from the cake (with sugarpaste or foam board).

Don’t mix the sugarpaste that touched the styrofoam, with the edibles. Throw it out or put in a labeled bag and use it for non-edible purposes.

Don't contaminate edible glue with styrofoam pieces. Use a separate small container (f.ex. take some out on a spoon).

Don’t use the same brush (which you used to apply glue on the styrofoam) to apply glue on other edible parts of the cake.

Remember to inform the client/recipient of the cake that the topper has styrofoam inside, so it’s not edible (the topper is food safe, but it’s not edible).

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Step 2

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This is how the shape looks like from the side at this stage.

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Use the sandpaper to round the back.

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This is how the shape looks like from the side.

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Add about 1/6 of a teaspoon* of CMC to 80 g of light yellow sugarpaste. Knead it well. Roll it out to about 5-6 mm.
Place it on a piece of greaseproof paper so that the nice (smooth) side is touching the greaseproof paper (this will be the visible side so you don’t want cracks on it).
Apply a thin coat of piping gel on the flat side of the styrofoam**. Place it on the rolled out paste. Press gently.

*The paste you are using might require a different amount of CMC. Keep on adding it until the paste starts to become a little thicker. I always add the CMC shortly before rolling out/shaping the paste. If the paste is too soft (no CMC) it might be difficult to get clean/straight edges and a smooth surface. It will also take a long time for the paste to dry - it might get easily indented and you will have to wait long f.ex. with drawing the smile.

**If the surface of the styrofoam has holes, fill them with pieces of sugarpaste. If you leave them they might show through the sugarpaste (the surface won’t be smooth).

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Cut off the excess paste. Hold the scalpel\knife at a straight angle to the board all the time.

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Check how the edge looks like. Run your finger along the edge gently to soften (clean) it. Don't press too hard (so that you don't round it).

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Place the styrofoam back on the greaseproof paper*.
Roll out 90 g of green sugarpaste** to about 3 mm.

Apply a thin coat of piping gel on the round surface of the styrofoam***. Go all the way to the sugarpaste bottom, but be very careful not to apply too much piping gel close to the edge, because it might ooze out from under the paste and go over the yellow paste.

Cover the dummy with the rolled out paste. Press the paste towards the sides gently. Don’t pull the paste down. If you pull the paste down you will thin the paste (the green avocado skin won't have the same thickness all around; it will be visible from the front) . Make sure that there are no folds and that the paste sticks well near the bottom edge.

*If the greaseproof paper is dirty from piping gel, replace it with a clean piece.

**I added a little bit of CMC to it to speed up the drying time. Don’t add too much or else you will have difficulties smoothing the paste and getting a nice edge.

***If the surface of the styrofoam has holes, fill them with pieces of sugarpaste. If you leave them they might show through the sugarpaste (the surface won’t be smooth).

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Use the straight edge of the smoother to thin the paste that is laying on the board as shown in the photo. That way after cutting off the excess paste, the sides will be smooth (no cutting marks or smaller cutting marks). Don’t pull the paste from the sides down (just thin the paste that is laying on the board). Hold the smoother straight all the time.

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Cut off the excess paste. Hold the scalpel/knife at a straight angle to the board all the time. Be careful not to damage the surface of the green paste while cutting.

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Pick the avocado up and check if the edges look good.

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Place the avocado back on the greaseproof paper*. You can either texture the surface** or smooth it.

If you decide to smooth it:
First use the smoother and then use two pieces of leftover sugarpaste with a little amount of corn flour to smooth the round surface. You can leave the avocado like this to dry for a short while – until the paste gets a little firmer. Don’t leave it for a very long time – you will need to make indentations and cut a circle out for the seed (see next steps).

*If the greaseproof paper is dirty from piping gel, replace it with a clean piece.

**To texture the paste you can use a texture mat or a toothbrush (clean and used for cake decorating purposes only).

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Once the green paste is firmer, pick it up gently and press the 4 cm cutter to the yellow paste as shown in the photo. Press it so that it goes all the way to the styrofoam. Try not to press your fingers into the green paste too much. If you make indentations, smooth the paste (or retexture it) later.

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Remove the paste from the inside of the circle with a scalpel. Be careful not to damage the edge of the round cut-out.

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Use the bone tool (or a ball tool) to make eye sockets.

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Insert a wooden skewer as shown in the photo. It should go in at least 3-4 cm inside the styrofoam. It’s best if you leave the skewer long and trim it to the depth of the cake later (additional support – the topper won’t sink in to the cake).

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Make a hole in the cake dummy with a spare piece of a stick. Take it out and push it in a couple of times to widen the tunnel. That way you will be able to easily take the topper out later.

Put the topper in the dummy. Press it gently from the top to flatten the bottom slightly. Don’t press too hard – you don’t want to damage the top and the bottom edge. Leave the topper to dry for some time like this. I left it for about 30 minutes.

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Add some CMC to 18 g of brown sugarpaste. Keep on adding it gradually until you feel that the paste is starting to thicken. Roll a ball. Flatten it slightly. Keep on pressing it to the board and rotating it to create a dome. Hold your fingers close to the board - that way you will sharpen the bottom edge. Smooth the sides and the top surface.

The seed needs to be slightly smaller (1-2 mm smaller) than the diameter of the cut out circle, so that it fits in nicely.

Step 19

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This is how the seed looks like from the side. I suggest dusting it (the sides all the way around slightly) before you attach it so that you don’t dirty the paste later. I didn't do that and had to be very careful later.

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Apply some glue on the uncovered styrofoam surface. You can insert a short piece of a cocktail stick in the middle of the circle for better support. Attach the seed. Press gently and smooth.
Roll two 8 mm balls of black paste. Stick them in the eye sockets.

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If the surface of the paste is firm, draw a smile with a fine, edible marker. Don’t press the tip too hard to the paste. If the paste is still soft, leave it to dry for longer before making the smile.

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Put the avocado back in the dummy. Roll a 2 g ball of green leftover paste*. Form a dome (same as the seed). Cut it in half.

*Add some CMC if you want the paste to hold the shape better.

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Stick the feet as shown in the photo.

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Roll two 1 cm balls of green paste*. Form two tapering towards one end sausages. Stick them as shown in the photo.

*Add some CMC if you want the paste to hold the shape better.

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Roll out 5 g of pink flower paste to about 1-2 mm. Cut out a strip (I cut out a 2.3 cm x 6.5 cm strip). Apply some glue in the middle.
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Photos 25-35 come from a different tutorial (pdf Elephant Tutorial), that is why the size and the colour is slightly different. But both bows are made exactly the same way.
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Step 26

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Fold both ends and press with the back of the knife as shown in the photo. If the paste is floppy, leave it to dry for a moment. The paste needs to hold the shape, so that it doesn’t collapse after folding. It can’t be very dry either, because it will crack when folding (see next steps).

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Take the bow in your hands and fold the centre top part as shown in the photo.

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Push your thumb gently in the middle as shown in the photo and use your other thumb to fold the bottom bit to the back.

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Remove your thumb from the centre and press the bow gently as shown in the photo.

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Stick the centre together.

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Roll out the leftover pink flower paste to about 2-3 mm and cut out the centre part of the bow (strip: 18 mm x 8 mm). Run your fingers along the edges to thin them.

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Apply some glue in the middle and place the strip as shown in the photo.

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Wrap the strip around.

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Flip the bow to the other side and apply some glue at the back.

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Join the ends.

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As I mentioned earlier the photos which show how to make the bow come from the pdf Elephant Tutorial, that is why the size and colour of the bow on this and the next photos is slightly different, than on the previous ones.
Dust the bow with pink dust. Leave it aside for a moment.

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Dust the cheeks with pink dust. Dust the border of the light yellow part with green dust. Work gradually.

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Dust the green edges, the feet and arms with dark green dust. Stick the bow on.

Roll out a small piece of flower paste very thin (as thin as you can without tearing it). Leave it to dry from both sides for a moment. Use 1 mm and 2.5 mm (or similar size) piping nozzles to cut out circles (two of each size). Use a fine brush with a small amount of glue to pick up the circles and stick them to the eyes.

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All done! :)