Make a hungry bunny sugar craft decoration

Make a hungry bunny sugar craft decoration
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Materials:

  • 8 x 6in (20 x 15cm) oval cake on an 11in (28cm) round cake drum, all covered in pale green sugarpaste and polished with white satin shimmer
  • 8oz (225g) chocolate-brown sugarpaste
  • 4oz (115g) bright green sugarpaste
  • 2 1⁄2oz (60g) orange sugarpaste
  • 4oz (115g) very light brown sugarpaste
  • 1oz (30g) white sugarpaste
  • ¼ teaspoon tylo powder
  • Liquorice black paste colour
  • Chocolate sticks
  • A little brown and pale green royal icing
  • Paintbrush
  • Cocktail sticks or toothpicks
  • Straight frill cutter
  • Bulbous cone modelling tool
  • Small knife
  • Paper piping bags
  • Green ribbon

How to make the fence

  1. Mix together the tylo powder with a quarter of the chocolate-brown sugarpaste and roll it out to a thickness of just over ?in (3mm). Cut a 4in (10cm) strip, 3in (7.5cm) in width, then cut along one long edge with the straight frill cutter. You need five pointed sections along this edge, which will be the top of the fence.

  2. Mark out the individual boards with the back of a knife. Allow to dry on a work surface dusted with icing sugar.
  3. Roll out a 5in (12.5cm) wide strip from the remaining chocolate-brown sugarpaste. Use the straight frill cutter to cut neatly through the middle of the entire length.
  4. Use a large brush to paint apricot purée all over the lower part of your cake’s side. Stick the fence all the way around the side, joining the two ends neatly at the back of the cake.
  5. Use the back of a knife or a straight edge to mark deep lines between the boards of the fence; do not press too hard, as you don’t want to cut right through.
  6. With the tip of a sharp knife or cocktail stick, make shallow vertical scores between the deep lines.

Make the vegetables

  1. Roll out a long piece of bright green sugarpaste on a work surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut a 1in (2.5cm) wide strip and frill all along one side with the modelling tool (see ‘How to frill sugarpaste’ below).
  2. When you have frilled the whole length, carefully roll up short sections to make small lettuces and long sections for larger lettuces. Pinch them tightly at the base and allow to dry standing upright.
  3. Form little orange carrots from small balls of sugarpaste. Shape them into long cones and mark little horizontal lines with a knife all the way down their length. Make 10 to 15 carrots.

Make the bunnies

  1. Using light brown sugarpaste, form the front legs of the large bunny from a ball just slightly bigger than a 5p coin. Shape into a sausage, 1in (2.5cm) long, and roll slightly to thin in the middle; bend into a ‘U’ shape.
  2. Form a ball of white sugarpaste about the circumference of a 1p coin into a cone shape for the tail, then flatten the pointed end ready for the body to sit neatly on top of it. Also flatten the bend of the piece for the legs.

  3. Form the body from a ball of light brown sugarpaste about the circumference of a plastic milk bottle top, making a fat cone shape. Stick this firmly on to the tail and legs so that they protrude from both ends. Secure with sugar glue if necessary.
  4. To make the head, shape a ball the size of a 2p coin into a long pointed cone, make a long cut to separate the ears and mark a faint line up each of them. Bend the ears outwards at the top. Mark the whisker lines before adding the nose, which is a brown teardrop shape
    (size I) pushed into a hole. Mark the eyes (see ‘Eyes’ below) with black paste colour after the head is on the body.
  5. When you have made the head, use sugar glue to stick it on the body so that it leans backwards. Now make two small bunnies in the same way, and lots of little extra bunny heads on their own.

How to finish off

  1. Stick three chocolate sticks into the top of your cake in a straight row towards the back; push them in so that they are slightly lower than the fence height. Rest your spare fence panel against the sticks, holding it in place with a little piped brown royal icing at the back.
  2. Place your lettuces and carrots on the cake; you could also add other vegetables and even flowers. Arrange some on the board too, sticking with royal icing. Add a few extra chocolate sticks where necessary.
  3. Pipe a little royal icing at the top of the fence in several places and stick on bunny heads so that they appear to be peeping over. Finally, stick on the large and small bunnies. Finish with a ribbon around the cake drum.

How to frill sugarpaste

You will need:

  • Garrett frill cutter or oval cutter
  • Bulbous cone modelling tool
  1. Cut out your circle with a Garrett frill cutter or oval cutter. It should be about ?in (3mm) thick on a smooth surface dusted with a LOT of icing sugar.
  2. Bring the frill to the edge of the work surface and roll the fattest part of the modelling tool along the edge of the frill.
  3. Start the next roll along the frill very slightly overlapping the previous one. Continue until you have rolled and frilled all the way around the circle or oval.
  4. If you are using a Garrett frill cutter, remove the round centre now and cut the frill in half ready to stick on your cake.

Top tip: Each time you create a part of your model, roll it into a smooth ball in the palms of your hands. The warmth of your hands will soften the paste and remove any lines or cracks from its surface. Compare the ball to the correct size circle on the chart. When it fits, you are ready to start forming the required shape.

How to make the eyes

You will need:

  • Cocktail stick or toothpick
  • Liquorice black paste colour
  1. Dip the end of your cocktail stick into the liquorice black paste colour. Mark oval or long eyes – rest the black tip of the cocktail stick against the face to mark the eyes, approaching the head at the angle shown in the picture, to ensure that the eyes are long in preference to round dots.
  2. Do not mark the eyes as dots. Never push a cocktail stick into the front of the faces, as this will form little round eyes and your model will look mean or unfriendly. Compare the two faces above. The one with long eyes (right) looks much more friendly and appealing than the one with dot eyes. Very fine dots can be used to suggest eyebrows, however.

 

 

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