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Make-a-Cake Series: Estelle Part 2—Stars and Curls


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It’s me Brittany.
I’m back again…….and am so excited to be doing this with all of you each week.
I hope you had fun learning about fondant and cake decorating last week, found here.
Thank you for all your comments, thoughts, and ideas.
Now that we have our cake covered we can work on making the decorations.
This week we are making the stars and curls for the top of the cake.


Here is a reminder of what the end will look like:
**Keep in mind, you can use whatever shapes and colors you’d like. 
Be creative.
Here are the supplies we need for this project.
(left to right)
1. wooden dowels
2. cornstarch
3. star cookie cutter
4. fondant cutter or pizza cutter
5. black and pink gumpaste (you can buy this at at the craft store as a mix or pre-made.)
6. sucker sticks
7. ruler
** A note about gumpaste…. It’s much like fondant but it will dry much harder and much faster than fondant. I use gumpaste when I need a piece to stand straight up and then use fondant for shapes when they will support some of their own weight**
**Do both of these next steps twice (stars and curls) …..once with the pink and once with the black**


Liberally dust your counter with cornstarch and lightly dust a baking sheet with cornstarch. Roll your gumpaste very thin and cut out the stars with your cookie cutter. Transfer them onto your baking sheet. For this cake you need 2 stars of each color, so cut 3 of each just in case you have something break.
Let the stars dry for at least 24 hours to get hard.
After the stars have dried, melt some white chocolate in a dish. Turn your stars over. Dip the sucker stick in the chocolate and lay it on the back of the star.
Let cool for a few hours.
(Do this right after you make your stars and have set them aside to dry and before the fondant begins to harden.)
Take your cutter and ruler and cut 4 thin strips to make your curls.
(Please pardon the pink hands. It’s from coloring fondant….we will cover how to do that soon. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you how to prevent the pink hands another day.)
Lightly rub cornstarch on the wooden dowels, then wrap you strips of gumpaste around the dowel making a curl.

Do this with all four strips and then move them to your baking sheet.

After 1-2 hours, move the dowels out from the curls, and let them dry for at least 24-48 hours.
Next post we will assemble the cake for the finished product. 

Good Luck!

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. Mrs. J says:

    I am looking for the Buttercream recipe you put on the cake first before the fondant….can you share yours?

    Mrs. J

  2. Minakshi says:

    Loved the way u explained everything very very informative.thanks a lot would love to learn flowers,dolls

  3. Sadaf says:

    I have a question, instead of using gumpaste can i use fondant for these deocrations?

  4. The Hughes Family says:

    I have a question…what kind of cake do you make…do you make home made? Also What size cake pan do you use and What is your fondant recipe? :) Thanx!

  5. Dorese @ Dorese's Pieces says:

    I love that you've opened up your blog to broaden the talents you share, Ashley! And Brittany – I'm so excited to learn EVERY stinkin' thing you teach us! These first two posts rock and I can't wait to share the rest with my readers (and of course myself!) THANKS so much!

  6. Anissa says:

    Another great post, thanks!

  7. Whitney says:

    how FUN! i like to imagine i could create this cake, but i know it would just be a disaster [a very entertaining one, though :D]

  8. Britttany says:

    RaD- If you go down to the bottom of the page click on "Older Posts" and it will be on the next page. Of click on the "Make-A-Cake series" button on the sidebar and that will take you to all my posts.

    Bulloch Family- After I read your comment I realized that for this particular cake these might be out of order. I make all my decorations a few days before I cover the cake. I don;t let cakes sit out more then 18 hours before I deliver them. I only keep them in the fridge if there is a perishable filling like cream cheese frosting.
    So I make the decorations, then the night before the cake is to be eaten I cover the cake and put the decorations on. Sorry if that was confusing. I'll have to explain that on the next post.

  9. Bulloch Family says:

    One question I have is, after putting the fondant on, do you keep the cake in the frig while making the rest of the decorations? How many days does it take you to start and finish a cake? I just had an experience helping make a cake and she left it out the the whole time after putting the fondant on and it was disgusting! :) The cake was completely dried out.

  10. Colliers says:

    I love that you are showing us how to do all this fun stuff. Thanks so much for you time. I'm excited to try these things.

  11. RaD says:

    Ummmm… Is it just me or did the first post disappear?

  12. Britttany says:

    Makenzie- You can keep your gumpaste up to 8 months without it changing. I ball up the left over gumpaste and cover it with a very thin layer of shortening, this keeps it from drying out, and put it in a ziplock.
    I do color mine myself. I am going to be going over the soon!

    Bird– To move a cake I always use two spatulas at the same time. I buy ones that are really thin at the end so I can get under the cake without breaking it. Also, I know Wilton makes a cake mover, you can get it at Michaels. I hope that helps!

  13. Bird says:

    Thank you!

    I have a small question if you don't mind, how to you decorate a cake and then transfer it to the serving plate?

    for instance, when cake books tell you to place your cake on a cake rack, then cover with..say a chocolate sauce. How do you get if off the rack without breaking it?

    I am sorry, but have not been able to get answer from any cake decorating books, and though you might be able to help?! :)

    Thank you!

  14. Makenzie & Jordan says:

    Fun! Its seems like there was a lot of gum paste left over. How do you keep it so if doesn't go to waste? Or is that inevitable? Do you color it yourself? I'm a newbie.

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