Height of topper: 9 cm
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
scalpel, frilling tool, bone tool, dresden tool, ball tool, #22 wire (two 3 cm pieces and one additional/leftover piece to make insertions in body), cocktail stick, brush (for applying glue), edible glue
108 g of ivory flower paste, 45 g of brown flower paste, 12 g of red flower paste, 1 g (1 cm ball) of dusky pink flower paste (mix pink with a little bit of black) , 1 g (1 cm ball) of black flower paste, 4 mm ball of dark green flower paste*
* To make this topper I used flower paste, but you can use whatever works for you (f.ex. sugarpaste/fondant with cmc).
Roll a 100 g ball of ivory flower paste.
By pressing the ball gently in the middle and rotating, create an eight-shaped body.
Gradually pinch and pull out some paste (slightly above the centre of the body) to create a nose.
Press softly above the nose to make the face a little more flat.
Use the frilling tool to make holes for eyes. Use the smaller side of dresden tool to mark the smile and the bigger side of tool to create the hedgehog’s mouth.
Roll two 3 mm balls of black flower paste and stick them in the previously made holes. Deepen the smile lines with a sharp scalpel.
Make an oval shape out of a 4 mm ball of black flower paste and stick it as a nose. Roll a 2 mm ball of black flower paste and put it in the figure’s mouth. Using the bigger side of dresden tool flatten the black paste.
To create the hedgehog’s spines form teardrop shapes from brown flower paste. Start with the first row of longer spines on top of the head (7mm-1cm balls formed into 2-2,5 cm teardrops). Curve them a little. It’s best to form them one at a time and stick them right away so that they don’t dry. If you want to make more at a time, cover them for example with a plastic box.
Move down along the sides to complete the first row. Make spines from smaller balls (about 5 mm balls).
Using the smaller side of bone tool mark places where you will stick the arms (middle of the body, next to first row of spines).
Roll a 12 g ball of red flower paste. Use the bigger side of bone tool to make a hollow on top of it.
Round the edge of created hollow with your finger.
By pressing gently and rotating, make the bottom part of apple narrower.
Use a cocktail stick to make a hole for the stalk.
Glue a few flattened spines, insert a piece of a cocktail stick and stick the apple as shown on the photo.
Continue by adding the next rows of spines. You might want to leave a small blank space at the back (without spines) until placing the figure on the cake. It will make it easier to move the figure without damaging the back spines.
Roll a 3 g ivory ball and create a shape as shown on the photo.
Press it with your finger.
Use the smaller side of dresden tool to mark two lines on the thicker side of element. You want the lines to end where the hollowing starts. Begin with shallow lines, then deepen them a little.
Mark three curved lines where the indentation starts to create toes.
Use a sharp scalpel to make a cut along the two lines shown in the step 20.
Use a ball tool to make shallow holes in the centre of the foot. Repeat steps 18-23 for the second foot.
Roll two 5 mm balls of dusky pink flower paste...
... and press them into the holes made in the previous step.
Stick the feet to the body.
For each arm you will need 1 g (1 cm ball) of ivory flower paste. Dip the wire in glue and wipe off the excess. Roll a 2 cm sausage and insert the wire to about its two third’s.
Hold the sausage in between your fingers and roll it softly to make a narrowing and to lengthen the arm a little.
Flatten the top part.
Use a scalpel to make cuts as shown on photo.
Round the fingers. Cut the end of arm at an angle (the hedgehog will hold the arms up).
Bring the arms close to the figure and check at what angle are they going to be inserted. Use an additional/leftover piece of wire to make an insertion at a proper angle for each arm (this way you will avoid damaging the arm while pushing it in). Stick the arms on.
Make a flattened teardrop shape out of the green flower paste to create a leaf. Make a stalk out of a 2 mm ball of brown flower paste. If in the step 17 you have decided to leave the back blank, remember to keep the brown flower paste leftovers to fill the gap later.
Glue the stalk and the leaf to the apple.
Roll two tiny teardrop shapes out of the black flower paste to make eyebrows.