Size: 9.5 cm (height with the cone) x 11 cm (length)
- 5 cm styrofoam ball
- ball tool or bone tool
- small knife
- textured bottom of a plastic plate or a texture mat
- small rolling pin
- wheel tool
- round cutter (4 cm or similar size)
- foam pad
- dresden tool
- brushes (glue, dusting)
- sugarpaste (fondant):
--> mint blue (blue + a touch of yellow) - 165 g
--> pink (rose) - 14 g
- flower paste (gum paste):
--> caramel (brown + yellow + a touch of rose) - 4 g
--> black - 1 g
--> purple - small ball
--> white - small ball
- CMC powder (carboxymethyl cellulose)
- corn flour
- dust colours (blue, pink, light brown)
I didn’t want the topper to be too heavy, that is why I decided to put a styrofoam ball inside. I used a 5 cm styrofoam ball and 160 g of mint blue sugarpaste. I kneaded ¼ teaspoon of CMC into the paste to speed up the drying (your sugarpaste might require a different amount of CMC). Don’t add too much CMC because you will have difficulties smoothing and blending the paste. If you add too little CMM, the tail will keep on falling down instead of staying up.
Flatten the ball of sugarpaste with your hands. I formed the paste so that it was thinner in the centre. I didn’t apply any glue on the ball, because the sugarpaste was sticking by itself. If the paste you are using is not sticking by itself to the styrofoam, apply a thin layer of glue on the ball. Don’t apply too much glue, beacause the paste will slide around and the glue will ooze out from underneath the paste.
Pick the sugarpaste up with the ball inside and press the paste to the sides.
Gradually start moving the paste until you close the ball inside and create a teardrop shape. Remove any creases/wrinkles by smoothing the paste with your fingers – the warmth of your fingers will soften the paste.
Smooth the surface of the paste by rolling it between your hands as shown in the photo.
Curve the tail up slightly. Place the topper on a piece of greaseproof paper or on a foam pad. You can support the tail if there's need.
Use some sugarpaste and a small amount of corn flour to smooth the surface of the topper. It’s easier to use two pieces of sugarpaste on opposite sides (press gently and smooth from both sides), instead of one piece of sugarpaste (as in the photo). If you use one piece you won’t be able to use much pressure because the topper is light.
Use a ball tool (or bone tool) to make eye indentations.
Without picking the topper up (because it is still soft), make a smile with a knife (or a dresden tool). You might find it easier to bring the topper to the edge of the board.
Roll small balls of black paste and stick them in the eye sockets. Use a scalpel to make corners of the smile.
Roll out about 13 g of pink paste to about 3 mm thick. Don’t use any cornflour underneath (so that the paste clings to the board slightly). Release it from the board and place it on the board once again (after you put the paste back on the board it will cling to it but not as much as before). Cut out the icing shape. It needs to be big enough to cover the top of the head.
Use your finger to soften the edges.
Peel the paste from the board gently, without stretching it. Since you have released it from the board earlier (before cutting), it's much easier to pick the paste up without stretching it.
Stick the icing to the whale’s head. You can make some adjustments with the scalpel, but don’t cut into the mint blue paste. Smooth the edges.
Roll a 2 g ball of light brown flower paste. Form a cone. I made the cone the same way as the Dino’s part hat: http://crumbavenue.com/tutorials/cute-dinosaur (steps 26-27).
To create the cone’s texture I used the bottom of a plastic plate.
Roll 2 g of light brown flower paste to about 1 mm thick. Place it on the piece of plastic. I didn’t use any corn flour underneath, because the paste didn’t stick to the plastic. Apply some corn flour on top of the paste (you don’t want the rolling pin to stick to the paste and move it; if the paste moves on the plastic you won’t get a nice, even texture).
Roll the paste (just once) starting from one side and going towards the other. Try to use the same pressure all the time.
Gently peel the paste from the plastic. Don’t stretch it.
Flip the textured paste to the other side (texture facing downwards). Apply a thin coat of glue on the cone and place it on the rolled out paste. Cut some paste off as shown in the photo.
Roll the cone as shown in the photo.
Cut the excess of the paste off (overlap).
Cut the excess of the paste off (base of the cone).
You can use the wheel tool to even the edge.
Roll a 1 g ball of pink paste. Flatten it. Distort the edge by pulling out some paste from the sides here and there (wavy edge).
Stick the pink paste to the icing. Then stick the cone on top (it should be quite firm by now; if it’s not wait with attaching it).
Roll a thin white sausage of white flower paste. Leave it to dry for a few minutes. Cut out cylinder sprinkles. Stick them on the pink icing. Roll tiny balls of purple flower paste and stick them on the icing.
Check if the whale’s tail is firm. If it is, start making the tail fin.
Add some CMC to 5 g of mint blue paste (you want the paste to be slightly thicker so that it will hold the shape quite well, but you still need to be able to shape the fin without the paste cracking – see next steps).
Roll the paste out so that one side is about 2-3 mm thick and the other side about 1 mm thick (gradual change of thickness). Cut out a circle (I used a 4 cm cutter). Make two cuts with a wheel tool as shown in the photo (base of the fin - thicker; ends of the fin - thinner).
Thin the edges with a ball tool.
Texture the tail fin (lines with a dresden tool).
Place the fin on a curved surface f.ex. on a rolling pin. Leave it for some time to dry until it holds the shape well but you can still modify the shape slightly. I needed to wait about 10 minutes.
Dust the fin (lines and edges) with blue dust.
Apply a small amount of glue on the tail. Attach the fin.
If the fin is sliding off it means that you have applied too much glue or that the fin is too heavy (the paste is too thick). If the fin is losing the shape, put it aside for a moment and let it dry more.
Dust the smile with blue dust (fine brush).
Dust the edges of the pink icing and the cone slightly...
All done! :) Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!