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Make-a-Cake Series: Estelle, Part 3—Final

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Are you excited to learn how to finish the Estelle cake? 
This is the fun part of cake decorating for me. All the work is done and you get to enjoy the finished product……(looks and taste!)
Here we go…onto the finishing touches.
One more time, here is the finished cake.

The supplies and steps are going to be very similar to part 2 of this series. So refer back if needed.
Here are the supplies:

(Left to Right)
  1. wooden dowels
  2. cornstarch
  3. star cookie cutter
  4. fondant cutter or pizza cutter
  5. black and pink FONDANT (last time it was gumpaste, make sure you use fondant this time)
  6. sucker sticks
  7. ruler
  8. Scissors  **
  9. Paint brush **
  10. Water **

    ** not pictured** 

If your fondant is a bit stiff put it in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up, then knead. 
Roll out your black fondant and cut thin strips, making sure they measure at least 9 inches.  Remember to use a ruler and a fondant/pizza cutter to help with precision.

 Pick up one strip at a time and brush the back with a small amount of water, making it sticky.  Make sure you don’t use too much or your fondant will slide off. 

Place the fondant on the cake, starting in the middle and moving down the side. 

I only do short strips on half the cake at a time, so I can make sure they stay straight and even. 

Repeat until you have 16 total. 
This is what it should look like after these steps.

Now trim the little “tails” off with a clean pair of scissors. 

Roll out your pink fondant and cut out stars with your cookie cutter. Paint the back with water and place in the middle of the cake.  
Start at the front of your cake and place three stars to one side and then 3 to the other. Continue on both sides until you reach the back. Use this technique just in case your stars don’t meet exactly right in the back.

Insert your now hardened stars (from this tutorial) into the top. Do it anyway that looks good to you.  Use more or less, whatever you like. 

Now place your curls on top. 
To get them to stick straight up, make a hole in the cake with your dowel and insert the curl.
If you are going to take this cake to a different location, like a party, wait until you get there to insert the curls. Then you won’t have any problems with them moving around.
If you are having a hard time getting them to sit still use some buttercream under the curl to secure them.

I finished the bottom of the cake with a little bit of complimentary ribbon. 
After you are all finished, take your paint brush that is slightly damp with water and brush any cornstarch that may be left over. This will give your work a very clean look.

Now you are ready to impress everyone with your decorating skills!
Happy Decorating!
  Look at what is coming on Make-A-Cake Series:

  • Bake a better cake
  • Coloring Fondant
  • Stacking and icing a cake
  • Gumpaste Bow
  • Baby Shoes
  • Lots and lots more!

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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