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Cake Topper Techniques

Figure Modeling

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

Anne Heap teaches you how to make sugar paste figures 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


Lesson 3. Pea in a Pod - 'Henry'


Lesson 4. Sleeping Baby - 'Olive'


Lesson 5. Sitting Child - 'J.J.'


Lesson 6. Finishing 'J.J.'


Lesson 7. Sitting Figure - 'Pregnant Penny'


Lesson 8. Finishing 'Pregnant Penny'


Lesson 9. Standing Figure - 'Madison'

"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!"
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Phoenix, AZ

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