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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SUGARBABIES



Sugar Babies (Anne Geddes Style) by Jacque Benson


Supplies and Tools needed:

Gumpaste
Gum Glue
Embroidery Scissors
Roller
Gumpaste Board
Small Baby Face Mold
Ball tools
Petal and leaf veiners (opt)
Hat Pin
Yellow, Kelly Green, Carnation Pink petal dusts
Fine brushes for petal dusting
6” Fondant Covered Cardboard Circle
Dendrobium OR Daffodil Cutters
4” leaf cutters


DENDROBIUM


DAFFODIL



INSTRUCTIONS:

Roll out a small marble sized ball of pale pink gumpaste in cornstarch and press ball into baby face mold. Cut away excess gumpaste from around the baby’s head. Insert half of a toothpick and set aside to dry.
Lightly brush the cheeks with a pink petal dust.
Color lips lightly with pink petal dust mixed with Everclear.

Roll out small amount of gumpaste into a moderately thin 4” by 3” rectangle. Cut out 2 leaves using a long narrow leaf cutter or simply cut into the following shape.



Vein with Corn Husk and dry brush with Kelly green luster dust. Crease along middle line forming life-like leave and set aside to dry.

For the orchid, cut out 2 of the rounded petals and frill the edges of petals using a round toothpick. Brush lightly with petal dust, coloring the edges and center of petals darker than the middle.
Curve the petals to a lifelike state, and place over rolled tissue to dry slightly.



Cut out one of the center petal (B).
Frill the wide edge of trumpet (scalloped edge of slipper for the orchid) using a round toothpick or gumpaste tool. Lightly wet the head with gum glue and wrap around the head of the baby like a bonnet.
Brush edges with pink or yellow petal dust according to flower.

Form a small rectangle out of gumpaste about 1” by 1-1/2” and about ¼ “ thick. Cut a ¾” slit in the bottom for legs and snip out of each side for arms (as shown)
Using your fingers roll the legs and pinch the ends to make a feet. Round the arms and with snips or embroidery scissors, clip ends to create tiny fingers.
Make an indention with hat pin just above fingers to create a wrist. Use hat pin to create creases under knees and elbows. Moisten the toothpick with gumglue and push upper body onto the head. Arrange body to look like sleeping baby. Brush the body with Kelly green petal dust and the hands with pink.

Roll out a small amount of gumpaste with roller. For the petals you will want to roll it very thin. Cut 2 of the tri-petal cutter for daffodil and 1 for the orchid. Using a flower veiner (can also use a dried corn husk to vein ) make impressions into the three petals. Frill the edges of the daffodil petals slightly.
Dry brush the petals lightly with petal dust, darker in color towards the center and edges.
Lay over tissue to dry slightly as you assemble the baby.

Take the fondant covered round disc and attach your leaves in a V shape to the center using royal icing or gum glue.

Orchid:
Attach the 2 ruffled petals to the sides of head in back with gum glue and then the three sepals with one of the petals vertical. (As shown)
Glue body over leaves and place tissue under petals until completely dry.

Daffodil:
Attach one set of three sepals onto back of head with gum glue. Attach second set of sepal under first allowing second row to fall between .
first row of sepals.
Glue body onto leaves, and place tissue under the sepals until completely dry.


Jacque Benson 2007- all rights reserved

This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

5 comments:

  1. Jacque B, that is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! I can't wait to try that out on someone's cake!!! Way too cute!

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  2. Thank you Denise!
    I can't wait to see the cake you will come up with.
    It will be amazing!

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  3. Wow, these are just so adorable, thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try and make one :-)

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  4. Wanting to do these for a baby shower cake. What size baby face mold to you suggest for the best success with these?

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