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Mad for Monkeys – A Monkey Tutorial

We made a cute monkey baby shower and it seems like monkeys are a popular choice for cakes these days!  As such, here’s a Kalli Cakes tutorial on how to make our cute little monkeys!

Monkey baby Shower Cake
The Monkey!

Gather The tools:

  • Brown Gumpaste/Fondant 50-50 mix
  • Cream Gumpaste/Fondant 50-50 mix
  • Black Gumpaste/Fondant 50-50 mix OR Black Food Coloring Markers
  • Palette Knife
  • Rose Petal Dust
  • Sugar Glue (CMC powder in water or gumpaste dissolved in water)
  • Paint brushes (one for glue, one for petal dust)
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Ball Tools
  • Rolling Pin
  • Non-stick mat
  • Toothpick
  • Oval Cutter
  • Pizza cutter/PME cutter
  • Cuticle Tool

Steps:

1.  Knead the fondant so that it is pliable

2.  Roll balls of fondant to form the body and head:

Elongated ball for head
Balls of Fondant for the Body

3.  Let the balls rest on foam to set and dry a bit.

4.  As the body and head are setting up, roll out a bit of cream fondant and cut an oval from it to form the belly of the body.

Roll and cut out the cream belly for the monkey with an oval cutter.

5.  Now create the feet with more bits of cream fondant.  Follow the picture tutorials below.

Roll balls of fondant to create the feet.
Roll small pieces of fondant into pill shapes and then flatten. Get out your scissors to create toes.
Using cuticle scissors, cut three slices out of the feet and then tap in the edges with your finger to make them rounded toes.

This shows the approximate size of the feet to the body. We’re ready to glue the feet to the body now. Using just a little gum glue, you’re ready to go!

Attach the belly and feet with a little sugar glue. Take your toothpick and mark a belly button.

6.  Next, we’ll make the arms.

Roll a tube of brown fondant. Cut the tube with your palette knife at a 45 degree angle. Using a ball tool, indent the flat end of each tube. This will be where you attach the hands.

7.   After making the arms, roll little pieces of cream fondant for hands and attach with sugar glue:

Attach the arms with a little sugar glue and flatten the top so that the head will rest on the body and shoulders. Attach pieces of cream fondant for hands.

8.  While the body sets up, roll out a bit of cream fondant.  Set the head down on the fondant to measure the size.  Free-hand the face and cut it out.  Glue the face to the head.

Lay the head down to measure the face, cut around it.

Using a cutter, free hand the face by cutting it out of rolled cream fondant.

9.  Let’s work on the cute little ears next.

Roll a small portion of cream fondant into a pill shape and using your ball tool, rub it back and forth to create an indent.

The ears are attached with a bit of sugar glue, with an indent in the middle.


10.  Time for the facial features!

For the face, you will want to roll out small logs to glue on the face as the eyes and mouth. If you rather, you can draw these on with edible ink markers. We then took the cuticle tool and imprinted the nose and a toothpick for the nasal cavities. Take a paint brush with dry rose petal dust and blush his cheeks. After wards, form oval pieces of ivory fondant and secure those to the cheeks over the blushed cheeks with sugar glue.


11.  Tail and hair time!

Roll out long rolls of fondant. Large ones for the tails and small ones for the curly Q hair. Let these dry and set up.

12.  Glue the little monkey together!  Now that you have all the pieces, glue the head to the body, the hair to the head and the tail to his rear.  You may need something to prop the tail up as it sets.

Now you have one cute little monkey!


Crayons – A tutorial

Hi everyone!

It’s Christmas time, but we’re playing with crayons instead of new toys!

Fondant Crayons

Edible Crayons

We used these crayons to help celebrate a second birthday for twins!

Crayon cake

Crayon Cake

Cake Detail - close up of the crayon

Close up of the crayons in action

So…you may be asking yourself how do I create these crayons?

Well, my friends, if you haven’t figured it out already, I’ll guide you through the process.  :0)

First, you’ll need to gather your resources!  So, rummage through your goodies and accumulate your loot!  Here you go:

  1. A clay extruder (we used the Makin’s Professional Clay Extruder) with the largest circle disk
  2. Fondant in all of your favorite colors!  Now, if you grab your trusty set of real crayons, take a look at them.  Do you notice that those pesky wrappers are actually a different color than the crayon?  Yeah, I sighed too.    So–make sure when you grab your red fondant, take a bit of it and mix in some white fondant to get a slightly lighter color for the wrapper (and do this for each main color you are using!).
  3. A flat, non-stick surface to roll out your fondant
  4. Non-stick rolling pin
  5. Knife or other sharp edge for cutting fondant (you could use a pizza wheel)
  6. Palette knife
  7. Black food color marker (we used Americolor Gourmet Writers)
  8. Petal pad or other porous material that you can lay the crayons on to dry
A real crayon for comparison, extruder, fondant and disks

Get ready for some extruder action!

So once your supplies are gathered, knead your fondant (the darker color) until pliable and then load it up in the extruder.

Force the fondant through the extruder until you have just over three inches of fondant tubing. Trim off any extra.

Extruded tube cut to size

Extruded tube cut to size

Put down your extruder and carefully place pressure on one end of the fondant tube.  With the pressure and a rolling motion, you will create a cone shape on one end.  If your tip gets a point at the end, take your finger and push it in–real crayons have a flat tip to them.

Next, take the lighter shade of red and roll out a small chunk of it really, really thin.

Fondant crayon without the wrapper

Fondant crayon without the wrapper

(No–I didn’t use any cornstarch or confectioner’s sugar, but please do if your fondant is sticking!)

Use your sharp edge to cut the rolled fondant into a rectangle.  Make sure to measure the rectangle out before cutting it by placing the crayon you’ve created next to it.  Insure the rectangle is not too wide–leave room at both ends so the crayon peaks out from the wrapper.

Cut wrapper

The wrapper's ready to be put on!

Use your palette knife to gently release the top edge of the fondant.  Then place the crayon you created on the wrapper and gently roll the crayon in the wrapper.  Trim the edge if necessary.  As we haven’t used any dust to prevent sticking, the wrapper should stick to the crayon without any water or sugar glue.  If your fondant it too dry to stick, use a touch of water–brushed on very lightly to get it to stick to itself.

At this point we went on to making more crayons (repeating the above steps) to let the old ones set up and harden before finishing their details.  So please do the same if you’re making a bunch of crayons!

When the crayons with wrappers have set up, continue to the next steps!

Get your edible food coloring marker ready and let’s add some details!!

Crayon prep

We're ready to mark up the crayon!

Take the edible marker and draw lines on the crayon’s wrapper, filling them in with the black marker to create the waves.  Write the crayon color on the wrapper as well.

Which one is the sugar crayon?

Which crayon would you rather eat?

Lay your completed crayons on a soft porous surface to let them dry.

Drying the crayons

The crayons are left to set up and dry before placing on the cake.

After 12 or so hours (depending on humidity), these should be easy to handle–pick one up!

It really feels like a crayon!!

Perhaps for the next tutorial, we’ll show you how to make the crayon box?

Please leave comments–I’m excited to hear from you!!