Your work is beautiful but I was wondering about the boxed Kitty photo how do you get the fondant to look like fur?
Hello Joyce, to get the furry look on the kitty I used the icing tip called the grass tip.
First of all i would like to tell u that your cakes are beautiful!i love baking and decorating cakes but i’ve got one problem…the city in which i live is very hot and humid.Every time i make fondant it starts melting and becomes very sticky…any suggestions???I will be eagerly awaiting your reply!Thanks a bunch!
Hello Baking Lover if I were in your are what I would to is to add some tylose powder or cmc powder to your fondant it helps with the humidity issues and can firm up the fondant helping it with the melting issues. Hope this helps, add 2-3 tsp to a pound of fondant.
Would you say that the fondant and tylose mix is ok to be used for my small detailed flowers like the lilly and the dogwood and the Brier rose. I have taken some calsses and am really starting to get into the hand made flowers. I really love the lilly.
Tammi Yes, adding tylose or cmc powder is a way to make a quick form of gumpaste which is used for making flowers….good luck to you!!
Thank you sugar..
So glad I found your site!
I was wondering whether you could help solve a mystery… I noticed in a few of you photos (like the reindeers with the Santa, the little pink elephant right at the top & the little guy with the paw print on his shirt…) that your icing seems shiny.
I used to use store bought fondant in South Africa but now in Kenya I have to make my own marshmellow fondant – both types of fondant has a matt finish. How do you get yours to have the shiny finish?
Certain recipes on Wilton’s site requires Candy Melts candy – I’m guessing using that with the fondant would give it a bit more of a shiny finish. Do you ever use Candy Melts?
Since we can’t even buy fondant here, I obviously have no experience with Candy Melts.
Thanks for sharing your talent to inspire others!
I make my flowers and figures from fondant and gumpaste. You may want to try to use a little steam.. Plain ole boiling water—-steam. houl your figure over the steam for just a few seconds and see if this helps. I see them do it on the cake shows on television all the time. If your cake is standing,, use a hand steamer..Remember, just a quick pass with the steam and you will see the difference.
Let me know if it works for you..
Thanks… Tammi Harris
Hi Tammi, sorry I only saw your reply now. Thanks so much. I recently searched the web (again) to figure this out and finally learned the trick (exactly as you explained) and I found that it is actually somewhere on this site too. Additional methods that I read about and tried is to rub white cooking fat (like what you add to gumpaste) sparingly over the figurine – it looks great!!! But I think it can still get tricky. Another method was to place the figurine in the fridge overnight but I haven’t tried it yet and I haven’t tried the steam yet either but will when I’m brave enough
Your cakes are amaxing
You’ve got great pictures! Love’em ! Need u to teach me how to make figurines. Love
I want to make sunflowers to put atop a cupcake on frosting ….fondant or gumpaste? How far in advance can I make them? I am a beginner ,but a quick learner !
Hello to you Janis!!
You know you could go a few directions with your sunflowers on top of your cupcakes…..1. you could actually make them right on top of the cupcakes out of the frosting with your piping bag, yellow stiffened buttercream, tip #352 and the grass tip or an oreo.
Begin by placing the oreo cookie in the center of the cupcake and pipe the petals of the flowers going from the edge of the oreo cookie out to the edge of the cupcake. This will give you a very unique sunflower by using the oreo cookies as your center, or you could just use brown icing with the grass tip….put the tip on top of the center of the cupcake and pull straight up continue this motion until you have created a circular area for the center for your flower.
As far as Gumpaste or Fondant….Here is my rule of thumb. I would use fondant to make the flower if the flower is intended to be eaten along with the cupcake.
Gumpaste is edible but is not the best tasting and only best used for things that can be/or will be removed from a cupcake or cake. When using Gumpaste to make your flower I would make them up about 2 wks ahead so that they have plenty of time to setup and dry. Make sure to make a fw extras since gumpaste flowers can break very easily! Store them in a card board box until you need them for the event.
I hope this information helps and I wish you much luck no matter which way you decide to create your sunflowers!!
Such beautiful creations.
Awesome! Beautiful! I just love your work…will keep intouch!
Thanks so much for you nice comment, Erikewe
Your figures are so pretty i have a question why do mine sink in and when they dry it isnt smooth?
Cathy, the reason your figures are sinking in is that they need more strength the paste your using is too soft to hold its shape, that is why I add tylose powder, cmc powder, gum trag or gum tex to my paste. Doing this is an easy way to create a quick gumpaste. To get a smooth figure it is best to roll a very smooth ball in your hand and take that ball and begin to shape it for your piece and it should retain the smoothness as you shape it. I hope that I was clear in my explaining to you, I wish you the best my friend!
I love your cakes! I have a question though… what type of icing do you use to get hard icing? is it royal icing?
Hello Tara, yes the icing you are asking about would in fact be Royal Icing.
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I am just starting to learn how to use fondant and gumpaste and I was wondering how do you make the body for the head that you showed how to make in the video? I am hoping to have figured something out by Feb. It is my fiance’s 50 birthday and I want to make a golf themed cake for him and I would love to have the cake have a figure of him on it.
Thanks for the awesome video!!
To create a figurine BODY….. start off with a ball of fondant and/or gumpaste then start rolling the ball into sort of a sausage shape with your 2 hands together (I hope this makes sense, lol) you will want to make it in proporthion to the head that you are making, then take your sausage shape and press the bottom against the table to flatten the bottom so that it will sit up on its own. Then taking your fingers and go from the middle of the standing sausage shape and smooth upwards making the top of the body smaller than the bottom of the piece. I know that it is very tough to explain this in writing so if you want to see me do this example please see the how to on Youtube where I made a sitting baby. Here is the link….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0_IzKNEBEQ&feature=relmfu
This should give you the basic idea of how to make a body and the arms and legs as well. Just adjust the body size according to the head that you are making. Good luck to you!
I used to make cakes from wilton magazines, just for my family. All my family went away (they grow up). I would like to learn how to make figures and flowers in fondant and gumpaste as a hobby . I loved the video of how to make faces. I really like your pictures. How can I watch others how-to-videos. Thank you
Clarisa I am planning to do more videos in the future! I have a site at http://www.cakedecoratingwithdonna.com where you can sign up and see all of my videos that I have done if you are interested….but i do plan to do other free ones on youtube.
I am truly amazed at your beautiful artwork! I am always searching for ideas and found your website so so helpful. The bow you placed on the pale blue heeled shoe caught my eye. After watching your video, I was able to make a large yellow bow out of fondant for my nephew’s shower cake last week; the top was a large fondant sunflower. I had the great pleasure of making his wedding cake and was really nervous about using fondant to cover the cake; however, your tip for buying Pettinice fondant saved the day! It is like silk and so easy to work with; I am sold! Thank you for sharing your gift; I have learned so much from you just by absorbing myself in your website!
Thank you for the creative work you have published for us. Really amazing work. Have a small doubt….. if you are not taking orders, you make cakes for passion? I started making cakes for sometime back, but recently i have taken it seriously and learning more skills from the websites, they really help me a lot.
Thank you once again,
Wish you all the best and God bless you!!
I used to do cakes and take orders for quite a while but at this time I only do them for friends and family due to my schedule and such……….
Beautiful work! Love it!!! ♥
hi donna, i just started baking cakes in march of this year and have finally found a hobby i love, your photos are amazing, i can’t get over how talented some of the bakers out there really are, i have opened a facebook page for my business after friends and family told me my cakes looked and tasted great so i hope you will visit and like my page and maybe tell me from a professional point of view what u think of my cakes thankyou and happy baking
I was bing-ing to find a way to make my pearl beads shiny and your site popped up and Im so thankfuL and do hope the Pam spray does make my wedding cake shiny. Does it work on all fondant and gumpaste pieces? How long does it take to soak in so to speak?
I purchased ready made pearls to put on three layers but theyre kinda blah looking at the moment and I want them to look like shiny pearls. I do have super pearl luster dust but not too sure which way to go with this.
But I love your incredible work, you definitely got talent. Im just starting out with fondant and gumpaste. This will be my second wedding cake so since its for my son dont want it to fail with me standing there. LOL
To make your pearl beads shiny…..use the super pearl luster dust they will look BEAUTIFUL that way instead of the pam spray, that is best used on a cake.
Put your pearls in a baggie and add some super pearl in the baggie just a touch will do, and then close the end of the baggie and shake the baggie up the
pearl dust will cover your pearls and they will look very nice for you!! I wish you the best in the future!!
WOW! You are seriously talented! Beautiful work.
Hello, Do you happen to make and sell the gumpaste or fondant people figures? I am doing a wedding cake and I am good at cakes but not characters I am in need of a bride and groom to place in a small boat on my cake.
I’m sorry but at this time I am not selling my figures….Good luck with your cake my friend!!
Whoa! I clicked on your blog’s link from my blog’s admin page. WHOA! I keep trying to think of something to say and I just can’t. Whoa is all that keeps popping into my head as if I don’t know any other words. Oh, I just thought of another word: Incredible.
The flowers in the purse/vase (white with blue trim) are did you make those? Are they all fondant?
(I tweeted this page to share. Beautiful work.)
Keep creating and sharing beauty in the world. Thanks.
You are sooo sweet my friend, thanks soo much for such nice comments on my site I truly appreciate it!!!
The flowers in the purse cake you are talking about are all handmade with gumpaste they were alot of work to be honest, but I must say they turned out great.
Have a great day!!
Wow. I keep looking at it thinking, “Naw!” Amazing. I could never order a cake as beautiful as this because I would not want to eat it or have it go away. I would want to keep it forever. But that is what is so great about pictures and especially blogs because now it is almost as if it is “kept” forever.
I hope you have a great day too!!!
DONNA! You are amazing – please tell me you sell cakes – we are celebrating my son’s first birthday in Columbus and I would love your Buckeye cake with the little brutus Please let me know if you take orders! Thanks!
First let me thank you for such a sweet compliment on my work I really do appreciate it soo much!! I do cakes here and there, however I am unable to sell Brutus Buckeye Figures due to the copyright laws on them…the one i did on the cake I did before was for my brothers which was legal since I did not sell it. I am so sorry i wish I could have helped you out with this, but I cannot do something that is not legal.
I love your site!! Beautiful pictures! I’m going to use fondant for the first time and I’m making a red and white checkered table cloth, should I paint the redsquares on or color fondant and add red squares on the white?
Thanks so much for your sweet comment Sarah!! I would just cut out red squares and apply them on the white. I wish you the best as you venture into using fondant for the first time!
I’m a beginner at this and have viewed lots of YouTube videos and yours is my favorite; your attention to detail is breath taking!
I’m a new grandma and I’m going to attempt to make my grandson’s
1st Birthday cake.
His Birthday is April 14 and we chosen a car them from the movie Lighting McQueen from Pixar’s, and I’m can’t seem to find a way to make the car…any suggestions. I would love your input.
t of trying to come up with a way to
Hi Donna! I’m new to cakes, and I LOVE your Easter cake from 2008 with the bunny and the duck! How did you make them? And would they be simple enough for a beginner?
Hello to you Haley…..
Thanks for your sweet comments……Doing any sort of figurine requires creating shapes….I always start with a ball shape and then turn that ball into the sort of shape that I need for the ears, the legs, and arms. That is really the only way to describe how to do them to be honest. It is best to start with a little fondant and just practice making shapes that look like what you are trying to create. I hope this make some sort of sense, I always struggle with trying to answer questions that ask me how to create a certain figurine.
Hi Donna, you & your site are both excellent. I have saved your site in my favourites. I love see your moulding work as I too love to mould figures & have done quite a few. Offcourse not yet an expert like u. Thanks for how to videos, they are very helpful.
Your work is beatiful, and will help me get better,thank you!!
from Miami Florida
Ana thanks soo much for your sweet comments my friend I know that you will do just fine, keep practicing and you will get better better!!
I would love to see pics of your cakes some time!!
excellent website the best i have found. i am new to cake decorating and found all the information very useful, i will be looking at your website regularly, thank you for all the information you have provided.
Im still a teenager, and I started cake decorating when I was 13. Its kind of a hobby at the moment, but hopefull will turn into a bussiness later on. I am doing an adult friends birthday cake next month. I am so far, self taught too. I just thought I would say your designs are amazing.
You are amazing! and being self taught! You give me hope, lol. Your work is so lovely. I can only hope to be half as good as you.
I got into cake decorating late and am so thirsty about learning all I can. Thank you for your kindness in sharing your talents and how-to’s for those of us who cannot afford the rest.
Hello. Your work is wonderful! I am new to decorating and am trying to teach myself. Your site is soooo helpful. I need to make cupcakes for a party and was wondering how you made the flower cupcakes? Did you pipe the flowers with buttercream, or did you use fondant or royal icing? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you, Terry
Tkank you for your quick answer. I am from Malta and i just found out you website and videos. Well done you are really great. Keep it up and thank you.
hi Donna, i live in the republic of ireland, and i am wondering if you know anything about choco pan its a fondant i think, i ned to decorate a wedding cake next month.
Choco pan, is really not much different than regular Fondant. It is made with chocolate and has a great chocolate flavor. You can roll the chocopan very thin and still cover a cake with it, in addition it makes beautiful swags on cakes. I think it would be fantastic for a wedding cake. I wish you the best with your cake!!
Your figures are wonderful! I am new to cake making so I am trying to soak up as much as possible:) what do you use to paint on your figures. like the rosy cheeks or even the detail. I have made some gumpaste flowers and used the dusting powder for detail but I just thought I would ask since yours look so great! thank you so much for all you do!
Hi, i am from England, and I just have to say you are brilliant at your models, you make it look so easy. I must have a go!
Your work is absolutely unbelievable! You are a true artist.
So you make all your fondant from scratch or do you use commercial fondant? My first wedding cake using fondant, I did it from scratch, having no experience with making it from scratch, it was very interresting, but I pulled it off, and it turned out great!
I use Commercial fondant!!
I have recently moved from Ohio to Alaska-the wonderful Kenai Peninsula! I have had a small cake clientle and am planning on starting a cake business where I now live. I appreciate your website and would welcome any tips you have on starting a new cake business! I look very forward to viewing your new website and learning more from you. Also, maybe your “boys” would sometime like to come and visit Alaska and do some Real Fishing! Look us up!
Hola Donna! I live in Fuerteventura one of the Canary Islands and make and decorate cakes as a hobby/job. I love your work and find it inspirational. I need a lot of that as the only cake decorating supplies available here is icing sugar! I have managed to bring some stuff over from the UK when I visit family. But, for the most part I now make everything from scratch. Only when you try the wonderful world of cake decorating for yourself do you really appreciate all the time, effort and skill that goes into it, not forgetting the artistic flair, which you have more than your fair share of! Thanks for allowing us to look and learn from your unique talent.
I am from France and i just want to tell you i love so much your creations and figures.
I ‘m gonna use your demonstrations for my own cakes and creations.
Hi Donna, My name is Mary, I am from Northern Ireland and would like to compliment you on the beautiful fondant creations. I have fallen in love with them.” I bake quite a lot, but have never tried fondant figures and I was looking for some tips on How to make fondant Christmas Decorations when I discovered your “Your How To” demonstrations.They are excellent. You have inspired me to create some figures. I do so wish you had a tutorial video or dvd ready for release. Keep up the amazing work, perhaps you could do a demonstration on how to create “Rudolph”
Yuha- I am so happy that the fondant Q and A was something that you liked, I hope it helped answer your questions, and I am so happy to have people from Malaysia like yourself stop in to visit my blog. I love hearing from you!!
Connie-That is the best compliment a person could receive, thank you! I wish you the best in your own little sugar ventures.
I absolutely love your work!! It has inspired me to really work on my own skills!! Thank you!!
I am from Malaysia. I just love your creations. Thank you for the how-to videos. They are really helpful. The Q&A on fondant and gumpaste is very good.
Keep up the good work.
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