To be honest, the week has gotten away from me and I need to squeak out a little blog really quick. We have a customer that we have been able to make most of her kids birthday cakes. She trusts us by giving us a theme, colors and budget and lets us go for it. We had a tiny budget so we employed the use of time savers like a stencil and some easy little buttons. Well, the stencil was supposed to be easy but it was a pain. All the little lines wanted to get stuck in the stencil. The cake has to be very cold so the little lines hardened quickly. We had to work fast! The sock monkey was inspired by a figure made by "Sugar High". If I did it all over again, the pinks would match better. The light pink diamond stencil on top of gray buttercream just got washed out.
My tip for new decorators is use tylose powder when making animals and figures. If you put a few pinches the day before you make a figure it will absorb the extra liquid and let the fondant hold it's shape. You can also make a 50-50 mix of gumpaste and fondant to hold it's shape. Tylose is also used when making fondant bows to get them to dry hard. Tylose does not work in modeling chocolate or Fondarific. Happy Caking!