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Lady Bug, Lady Bug

Lady Bug, Lady Bug
Add a little fondant lady bug to your cake flowers in a few easy steps shared by Jacque Benson. Scroll down for tutorial.



Monday, July 5, 2010

Footprints in the Sand

This cake is a walk on the beach, so to speak!

Cake Covered in Ivory Fondant
Granulated Sugar
Demera Sugar
Super Pearl Dust, Food Grade
small amount of ivory fondant
Small amounts of  bright blue, hot pink and orange gumpaste
Piping Gel

Card Stock
Parchment Paper
Fondant Roller
 Flat Artist Brush
Impression Mats
Plastic Piping Bag


1. Cut out a pattern using cardstock. The pattern is about 1" long.
2. Roll out bright blue gumpaste very thin. Place your flip-flops pattern over gumpaste. Using a PME wheel cutter, cut around pattern to create sole of flip-flops . Turn pattern over and cut another sole.

3. Place a wave pattern impression mat over the soles. Gently impress pattern onto the tops of soles. Cover and set aside.

4. Roll out a hot pink gumpaste. Using #12 piping tip, cut two circles. Make indentions using a leather punch or toothpick.

5. Roll out a bit more blue and cut two dot using the tip of #6 piping tip. Moisten the center of the pink with a bit of gumglue and place the blue dot in the center, as shown.

6. Using a SugarCraft Clay gun and the smallest cord disk, make an orange cord.

Cut into two ½” lengths. Pinch the center together.

7. Using toothpick, Make an indention in the soles of the blue gumpaste, the lightly moisten the indentions with gumglue.

Place the pinched center of the cord at the top of the sole, and the ends at the sides.

8. Place pink flower at the top of flip-flops, attaching with gumglue. Cover to protect and set aside.

1. Using the cardstock flipflop pattern, cut 8 footprints out of parchment paper.

2. Roll ivory gumpaste very thin. Place 6 of the parchment patterns over the gumpaste, and cut using the PME wheel cutter.

3. Mix a small amount of ECG Frosted Lemon and Sombrero luster dusts together and dry brush over each gumpaste footprint.

4. Place an impression mat over the gumpaste and gently press.

5. Cover to protect and set aside.

Sandy Beach Cake
1. Mix 1 cup granulated sugar with ½ tsp ECG Frosted Lemon , ½ tsp Sombrero Luster Dusts, ¼ tsp. super Pearl dust. Add ¼ cup demera sugar. Mix well and place into Plastic Piping Bag.

2. Cover Cake with Ivory Fondant.

3. Brust fondant with Piping Gel.

4. Place the 8 parchment footprint pattern over piping gel, as if walking up side of cake.*

5. Place cake inside 14” Cake Pan to catch unused sugar. Cut end from piping bag and began covering cake with sugar in uniform style until the cake is completely covered.

6. Remove the parchment patterns.

7. Place the 6 footprints over the exposed piping gel, then place the flip flops over the last two footprints at top, as shown.

8. Sprinkle more sugar around the top of the cake.

Remember the beachy topper tutorial? Now you have the perfect cake for the Beach Themed topper. Place on top of cake with a little sugar sand spilling out of sand pail.

The sugar will sparkle just like sunlit sand.

Here is a picture of a Fun in the Sun cake that was created by three artists!

Photo by Sherilyn Vineyard-2010

I had the privilege of demonstrating this as the top tier of a three tiered cake. The middle tier was created by the very talented Sherilyn Vineyard; and the bottom tier and cake board by the uber creative Sylvia Wilson. We all built our tiers separately, then assembled them at a Day of Sharing. We were thrilled with the way it all came together!

Hope you have Fun creating your own Summer Fun Cake!!

* this tutorial is for one side of cake only. If you want to repeat the pattern on the back side of cake, you will need to make two pair of flip-flops and 12 footprints.

Tutorial and Photography by Jacque Benson
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This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

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