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Make-a-Cake Series: Character Figures

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Every kid wants their favorite character on top of their birthday cake, right? 
Making characters for the top of a cake can be tricky.

I am going to show you how I made a character figure and hopefully it will give you some steps to and tricks to get started on your little ones favorite character.

Do you know who Foofa is?
Do your kids watch the show Yo Gabba Gabba?
My little girls love that show.

Does anyone know what it is about that show that is so captivating?
I don’t quite get it.

Foofa is the pink character on Yo Gabba Gabba and I’m going to show you how to make her.

She looks like this:

Gumpaste modeling tools
Picture of your character

**The rest of the supplies for this project will be different for everyone. Unless you are going to make your own Foofa like I am, they will be different. We will talk about what you can use as the post goes on.
I make all my character figures sitting down not standing. I find it so much easier to have the character sitting so I have a large base to set it on not just little feet.

So we start building from the bottom up.
(And I keep the picture out the entire time so that I can constantly refer to it.)

Starting with the legs.
Make two balls about the same size. One for each leg.

Roll them out into logs.

Form the foot.
Take your gumpaste tool that looks like this (or the backside of a butter knife) and press down while pushing up with your finger on the end.
Set the feet aside.

Shape the body.
The biggest thing I follow when making a character is to try to follow the shape of each part of the body as close as possible. Just take it one piece at a time. 
For the body, I formed this egg shape with my hands.
Set aside with the legs.

Cut out flowers.
We are going to need two flowers for Foofa.
One for the collar that goes around her neck and one for on top of her head. 

Cut out 1 larger and thicker flower for the collar.
Cut out a smaller and thinner flower for the head.

Set aside.

Mold arms. 
Start out with two balls the same size. Roll them out leaving thicker “balls” at the end for hands.

Using your gumpaste tool or a clean pair of scissors, make thumbs in the hands.

Assemble the body.
 Place the legs in the shape of a V with the feet facing out. 
Add a small amount of water at the top of the legs and attach the body.  
Add water to the back of the arm and place it on the figure, making sure it wraps around to the back of the body.  Repeat on the other side with the second arm.
Add the thicker larger flower to the top of the body.

I use a toothpick inserted into the body to hold on the head. It’s extra support just in case.
Form the head.
Foofa has a teardrop shaped head, and I gave her the post on top to attach the flower.
For the mouth, I used my gumpaste tool to make light impressions to where I wanted the mouth.
Next follow your guide and make the mouth bigger until you have it the right shape.
Then I filled it in with red food color marker.
(I use Americolor Food Writer markers.  I like this type because the tips are like a paintbrush)

Then, set the head up and start on the eyes.
I rolled out some gumpaste very thin. Then I used the cap from the food color marker and cut out eyes.
 I placed the eye on the table and traced it with black food coloring marker to get the outline.
Attach the eyes with water to the head.

Draw pupils and lashes with a food color pen.

Attach small ball for nose. 

By this time, the smaller flower will be dry enough to attach.
Draw a center to the flower with a yellow food color marker and attach the flower with a little bit of water.

Attach the head.
Place a small amount of water on the collar around the toothpick. 
Slide the head down the toothpick onto the body.

It’s not perfect…but there is a decent similarity, right?

Here is the cake I topped with Foofa. 
And I added some flowers and a “1” on top.
I think it works great!

So now, you can make any sort of figure.

Just break it into parts and start putting it together from the bottom up.  

Give it a try!

Next week I am going to continue with another post on figures.
It will be little pandas next time……too cute!

Happy Decorating!
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner 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 my 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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  1. Myme says:

    Have you made the other YGG characters if so do uou have the steps in making them

  2. Sandi says:

    I know this is so late but I just found this post now and am so blown away by your skill. Have only ever followed your sewing tutorials but thought I’d check this out and am so amazed. Great work! Foofa looks perfect.

  3. Jacquie says:

    I was just wondering how much fondant you need to use for the Foofa? My 2 year old is seriously obssessed with YGG & I have her cake being made at a bakery and then am wanting to top it with the Foofa next weekend! Thanks!

  4. Brittany says:

    Mills- Oh how exciting your first cake project! You might find it very addictive!
    As for your questions. you can make your flowers days (up to a week) in advance if you want them to harden. If you want them to stick flat to the cake then you need to do it the day you decorate fo the fondant is still soft.

    I have had figures with carcks before but I could see the crack when I made the figure so I would just roll the peice again and start over. If you knead the fondant well you sould not have any cracks.
    I hope it goes well!

  5. MILLS says:

    I found your blog and LOVE IT!!!! I can't wait to make this for my daughters first birthday next month! I have a few questions and hope you don't mind how late they are since you posted this….
    1. How far in advance did you make Foofa/flowers? or How far in advance can you make Foofa/flowers?
    2. Did you have any problems with Foofa cracking when you were done?
    (can you tell this is my first time actually doing a figure…)
    Thanks for the post I love it and has helped give me the confidence to do this crazy cake :)

  6. Sandy (Your life, organized) says:

    So very cute!! You are so talented!!!!
    Helping you store what matters most!

  7. Brittany says:

    prairiewhisper– You can eat it. When we have a figure at our house we let the birthday kid have the figure. Be sure the warn whoever is going to eat it that there is a toothpick though.
    I bet you could turn it into an ornament until someone realized it's sugar….then it might not last very long. ha ha

  8. prairiewhisper says:

    Just curious, what do you do with the character when you're done. DO you eat it? Let it dry and make an ornament out of it?


  9. Very Verdant says:

    Too cute!!!!

  10. Tera says:

    My 2 year old love Gabba so much she's going to the live show next month for her birthday.

    Yooooooooooooooooooooooo Gabba Gabba!

  11. My Fashion Fun says:

    Super cute!!!

  12. Many Titles says:

    Oh thanks! I am making my daughter's birthday cake this week and started looking for YGG toppers. I might just make it myself! I am super excited and you did this at the right time for me. =)

  13. Rockstargirlz says:

    I love it!

  14. Angie says:

    You make that look so easy! I don't know how you got her to look so much like the picture! Great job!

  15. Erin says:

    That is beautiful, I can't believe how perfect it looks!

  16. Mormishmom says:

    This is fantastic! I am totally making this for my Foofa-loving almost 2 year old's birthday!

  17. Crystal Potpourri says:

    We love Foofa, were is lance

  18. AnnaG says:

    So cute. your are so talented!

  19. Ashlee says:

    You did a great job. It looks awesome!

  20. jo_annie says:

    That is awesome–I'm actually having a yo gabba party for my daughter!!!

  21. Julie says:

    That is simply fantastic! You did a wonderful job! I love seeing your work!

  22. Gabby says:

    Great job!

  23. Melany says:

    yo gabba gabba is AWESOME! i think i love it more than my daughter does. they have the BEST musical guests.

    good job on foofa! you made it look easy!

  24. Michelley! says:

    super cute! i love these posts! i can't say that i try everyone of them, but it's so nice to have another "craft" to try. it's definitely unique! thanks for the tips!

  25. Diana Joy says:

    That is so so so darn cute. Fabulous job and your tutorial is wonderful…I know how much time goes into doing that. Congrats.

  26. Brittany says:

    that's awesome!

  27. Jamie says:

    You make it look so EASY!! And I think she looks exactly like the picture. Fantastic Cake!!

  28. Nana's Fun Stuff says:

    This is so cute!! Any little one would love to have this one :) Great job!

  29. Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty says:

    my daughter LOVE Foofa and YGG! I might have to try to make this. Thanks!

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