Cake Topper Techniques

Figure Modeling

with Anne Heap

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Create adorable gum paste cake toppers with Anne Heap! You'll make cute sleeping babies, sitting children and standing adults. Read More…

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Class Description

Anne Heap teaches you how to model cake toppers that are too adorable for words. Learn how to color, structure and form gum paste into a sleeping baby, a sitting boy, a sitting pregnant lady and a standing woman.These characters are so cute you could almost eat them up! Adorn your cakes with these colorful figurines and apply the techniques learned in class to model an endless variety of cute characters. Start with the basics of working with gum paste, and learn how to use gel colors to produce realistic skin tones. Then sculpt your toppers and dress them with fashionable gum paste outfits that you create no sewing machine required! Support your figures with skewers and wire to place them in a wide variety of positions. Your toppers will take the cake!

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet Anne Heap

  • Meet Anne and learn about the Craftsy platform. Start asking questions and see what your fellow students have created.


Lesson 2. Preparing Gum Paste

  • Start making your own adorable cake toppers by preparing the gum paste. Anne will walk you through the steps!


Lesson 3. Pea in a Pod – 'Henry'

  • You'll make leaves, a baby and finally the oh-so-adorable Pea in a Pod "Henry" with Anne's detailed instruction.


Lesson 4. Sleeping Baby – 'Olive'

  • Construct a sleeping baby, complete with blanket. Then bring "Olive" to life with cute curls and a bow.


Lesson 5. Sitting Child – 'J.J.'

  • Learn to sculpt a torso and legs to create "J.J.", a sitting child. Anne also shows you how to create his head and face.


Lesson 6. Finishing 'J.J.'

  • Finish "J.J." by adding ears, arms, a shirt and hair. Anne makes each feature easy with her step-by-step instruction.


Lesson 7. Sitting Figure – 'Pregnant Penny'

  • Make "Pregnant Penny" by building her body, tunic and even eyelashes. This adorable topper will be a hit at baby showers.


Lesson 8. Finishing 'Pregnant Penny'

  • Add Penny's shoes, her spunky ponytail and accessories. Your friends will be impressed by your attention to detail.


Lesson 9. Standing Figure – 'Madison'

  • Use all the skills you've built to create "Madison" with Anne's step-by-step instructions and lifelike design.

"I always admired those figures, but immediately said, "not for me", which really meant "too hard for me!". But with Ann's wonderful instructions, and great visuals, I've conquered my fear and have now made a couple of cake toppers, which came out so much better than I would have thought. Ann's great sense of humor, and excellent instruction keep me going back to remind myself of all the little details that make her class so wonderful. Go on, take the plunge, you won't regret it!"
- SylviaWright443

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