Vicky, from The Yellow Bee Cake Company, is a multi-award winning Cake Artist and Teacher from Basingstoke, Hampshire. In 2019 Vicky was named one of the UK Top Ten cake artists by Cake Masters magazine. She creates tutorials for Cakes and Sugarcraft, Cake Masters and Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft magazines. Vicky’s first book “Making Sugar Models” is out now, available from all good stockists.
To share the love in time for Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d post one of Vicky’s tutorials, showing you how to create a pair of cute Valentines Avocado cake toppers.
Squires Kitchen modelling tools: Dresden
Cerart ball tools: extra large and K501
PME mini modelling tools: Scallop
Size 0 Paintbrush
Colour the following quantities of white modelling paste:
1g with Magic Colours Pro Gel – Black Magic
4.5g Magic Colours Pro Gel – Chocolate Extra
40g with Magic Colours Pro Gel – Garden Green
80g with Magic Colours Neon Colours – Neon Green
1g with Magic Colours Neon Colours – Neon Pink
Shop Magic Colours here.
1. Split the Neon Green modelling paste in half. Roll each into a smooth ball and then place onto the work board. Place your hands on either side of the ball and gently roll back and forth, applying pressure towards the board. Once the base of the ball is flattened, use your hands to shape the dome into an avocado shape.
2. Push the large ball tool into the wider end of the avocado and gently press to create a well.
3. Paint a layer of glue over the rounded dome of the avocado. Roll out the Garden Green modelling paste to a 1-2mm thickness. Lay the sheet of paste over the avocado and fit to the shape with your hands. Use the craft knife to trim around the avocado. Remove the excess paste. Use your fingers to neaten the edge and fit around the cut edge of the avocado.
4. Add a small amount of Apple Green dust colour to a sheet of kitchen paper. Load the dusting brush with the colour and tap and pat away the excess. Dust from the outer edge of the avocado in towards the centre. Focusing the colour around the outer edge.
5. Roll the Chocolate extra modelling paste into a ball and glue into the well in one of the avocado halves. Press the mini scallop tool into the paste just above the ball.
6. Press the small ball tool into the paste just underneath the eye and then move sideways to create a capsule-shaped well.
7. Push the wide end of the Dresden tool into the space above the well on the second avocado. Rock the tool from side to side and downwards to create an open mouth.
8. Push the larger end of the small ball tool into the paste on either side of the mouth to create the eye sockets. Add the two capsule shapes beneath the eyes as in step 6.
9. Fill the eye holes with two small balls of white modelling paste and the capsules under the eyes on both avocados with the Neon Pink modelling paste. Press the small ball tool into the left side of each eye to create a shallow well for the pupils.
10. Fill the open mouth with a small piece of Black Magic modelling paste, using the Dresden tool to fit in place. Glue two small balls of Black Magic modelling paste into the holes created in the eyes.
11. Roll a very small ball of Black Magic modelling paste into a taper-ended sausage.
12. Glue the taper-ended sausage over the top of the eye. Repeat for the other eye.
13. Roll three more taper-ended sausages and glue in place in the eyes and mouth of the other avocado.
14. Add two small balls of white modelling paste to the eyes and a small ovoid of Neon Pink paste to the open mouth.