As promised, here is the step-by-step for making the twirlywoos figures that were on top of Max’s birthday cake. My original plan was to do a royal icing run out but it turns out you can’t really do a good egg free royal icing so I had to change the plan and model them instead.
You will need:
Sugarpaste – you could use white sugarpaste and colour it all yourself but I used the ready coloured stuff. In fact, I tried some of the supermarket stuff. I bought 1 pack (250g) each of light blue, blue, orange, red, yellow and light pink (different make as I had it already). I also used a small pack of white.
Cornflour – to dust the surface to roll your icing on. This works much better than using icing sugar. I fill a little dabber pouch thing with it and use that to dust the cornflour everywhere.
Foam for drying things on
Cardboard box with lid for storing
I decided to start with the blue Twirlywoo – Great Big Hoo.
In the pictures of Great Big Hoo, his arms and head are slightly darker than the rest of his body. I tried to recreate this but when they dried you couldn’t notice it that much.
- We will start with the body. Take a ball of blue icing and a smaller ball of white icing and knead them together.
- Shape it into and upside down heart or tear drop shape and smooth it over with your fingers. I used a dowel to make a groove in the bottom and help shape it. Put this on your foam to dry.
- Now the arms. Take a small chunk of blue icing and roll it into a sausage. The twirlywoos have quite big biceps. Thin one end down and flatten it slightly. This will become the hand. Flatten the other end a little to make it easier to attach to the body. Keep looking at pictures of the twirlywoos and tweaking the shape of the arm until you are happy with the shape.
- Use your cutting tool to cut the thumb into the hand end.
- Make another arm and stick them both on to the body.
- Roll out a small amount of light blue and use your cutting tool to cut a tear drop shape. I had to do this a few times to get the right size. This will be the chest patch on the twirlywoo. Use a small amount of edible glue to stick in in place on the body.
- Use another small amount of blue icing and roll it into a head. Stick this on top of the body.
- Now for the hair. Great Big Hoo’s hair is light orange, orange and mid orange. Take a small amount of orange icing knead in a small amount of white icing. This will be your mid orange. Do the same again but with more white icing to make your light orange. Use the ready made stuff as your orange icing.
- Roll out your light orange, mid orange and orange icing and cut out the hair pieces. Transfer to the foam to dry.
- Now on to the legs. Use your left over mid-orange and light orange and roll them out in to thin sausages.
- Use your cutting tool to cut 4 slices.
- Re-shape the slices if they have been distorted by cutting.
- Use a small amount of edible glue to stick 4 slices together – mid, light, mid, light. Then gently roll it to reshape and smooth the joins.
- Flatten the end that will attach to the body and transfer to the foam mat to dry.
- Roll out a small amount of the mid-orange and cut out the feet shape. Put on the foam mat.
- Take 2 very tiny balls of white icing and flatten them to make the eyes. Leave to dry.
That is all of the parts of Great Big Hoo.
Repeat the above steps in red for Toodloo. She is slightly smaller. Her hair is yellow, orange and mid-orange. Legs are yellow and mid-orange. Feet are mid-orange.
Repeat twice more in yellow for Chickedy and Chick. They are smaller. Chickedy has hair that is mid-pink, dark pink and light pink. Legs are dark pink and light pink with dark pink feet. Chick has mid-blue, dark blue and light blue hair. His legs are light blue and dark blue with dark blue feet.
I left mine all to dry over night and assembled the cake the following day. In hindsight, this was probably an error as I struggled to get them to stick together. It might have been easier if they were still soft.
I used small amounts of edible glue to stick the hair in place, put the eyes on and attach the feet to the legs. I couldn’t get the legs to stick to the body so in the end I put the legs in the frosting on the cake and then rested the body on top.
As a finishing touch I used a small brush and added black pupils and smiley mouth to the faces.
Feel free to comment or ask questions!
Love Ashleigh x