3D Cake Decorating

This week, Gloria is joined by Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro. She shows us how to made a 3D cake decoration using various fun and interesting techniques. From using moulds, bunting, stitching, cake painting and so much more.  Vanessa and Gloria will also show you how to embellish the beautiful cake.

Vanessa Broughton of Hostess Pro

Teddy Bears Picnic


  • Cake 20cm diameter – 7cm high
  • Cake board 30cm diameter
  • Medium soft centred pearl balls in the following colours: Blue, Green, Red, Pearl, Pink & Black
  • Cake board 30cm diameter
  • 1kg White Fondant
  • 150g light blue fondant
  • Highlighter powder – green
  • 150g light green fondant
  • 150g Mauve & 150g light pink Fondant
  • Tape measure, Digital kitchen scale, Blossom mini plunger, White Gel colour, Sosatie sticks, String,
  • 150g modelling Chocolate and Fondant Blend coloured brown
  • Katy Sue Moulds – Bunting Alphabet
  • Katy Sue Moulds -Teddy
  • Katy Sue Moulds – Patchwork Quilt
  • Brown gel Colour
  • Leaf Green Powder colour
  • 10 cm wax wrap
  • Various modelling tools and ball tools
  • Palette knife
  • Empty egg box of sponge for drying blossoms
  • Ribbon to cover board edge
  • Cake smoother
  • Quick dry essence
  • Happy Birthday impression mat (optional)
  • Silicone mat to work on
  • Sponge paint brushes
  • Holsum
  • Fondant rolling pin – large and small
  • Turntable
  • Polystyrene Square for resting your figurine on
  • Sticky stuff – Edible glue


  1. Step 1:
    1. Teddy
      1. The proportions are weighed as follows:
      2. Body – 50g
      3. Legs – 30g
      4. Arms – 20g
      5. Head – 20 g
      6. Small pieces for ears and snout
      7. Start with the body – roll into an oval ball
      8. Stick a piece of spaghetti straight through his body from top to bottom, top must have about 1cm sticking out for the head attachment.
      9. Using your stitching tool mark a line in the centre of his body from top to bottom
      10. Legs – Roll a sausage to about 7.5cm (measure on your bear)
      11. Cut in 2 pieces diagonally in the centre
    2. Shape your foot
      1. Using your cutting tool mark his toes.
      2. Using a tiny amount of edible glue attach the legs to the body
      3. Using the same process roll out the arms to about 2.5inch – measure on your bear
      4. Cut, shape and glue to the body.
    3. Head
      1. Roll a ball for the head. Using stitching tool mark the centre of his head
      2. Using your Dresden tool cut 2 slits on the head for his ears to be inserted.
    4. Ears
      1. Roll 2 balls – using your medium ball tool shape his ears.
      2. Make a pinch in the bottom of each and attach to his head with a tiny amount of glue
    5. Snout
      1. Take a small piece of paste – roll into a ball and press flat into an oval shape.
      2. On the top half of your oval stretch a little creating a triangle shape where his nose will be.
      3. Attach to the face just below the centre horizontal of the head. Using your small ball tool impress making holes in the centre of the head for the eyes. Centre vertically just below the eyes mark his nose. In line with his nose just above his chin mark make his mouth. Using a tiny amount of glue insert his eyes using the black pearls. Do the same for his nose. Set aside and allow him to set.
  2. Step 2:
    1. Cake
      1. Measure height and diameter of cake using your tape measure
      2. To cover cake roll out 500g white fondant or fondant and modelling chocolate blend
      3. Roll fondant until it is the size of your cake as measure, therefore knowing you have the correct size.
      4. Lift fondant and place over your rolling pin
      5. Pull over and cover your cake
      6. Using your hands smooth the top and edges
      7. Smooth the sides from top to bottom ironing out any creases
      8. When complete neaten with your cake smoother.
      9. Set aside whilst mixing colours for painting.
  3. Step 3:
    1. Painting your cake
      1. Place your cake and cake board onto the turntable
      2. Mixing colours in a flat surfaced plastic lid or container
      3. Take your powder colour (+/-3ml) and place in dish
      4. Add quick dry essence. There must be enough to create a thin watery liquid – NOT A PASTE
      5. Dip your sponge brush into your mixture and start painting
      6. Holding your paint brush still and only rotating the turn table paint your cake.
      7. The pressure you apply to the brush if very little as you want to create light lines and gradually build it up.
      8. You will be doing this with 3 different colours – so you don’t one the entire cake covered with one colour you want to create streaks of various colours.
      9. After applying the first colour allow it to dry completely before applying the second and third colours.
      10. Allow to dry in-between each colour.
      11. Apply the same amount of colours to the top of your cake using the same technique of turning the turntable.
  4. Step 4:
    1. Blossoms
      1. Large blossoms are made using the cutter and veiner mould set. Make 5 to 6 flowers from each colour.
      2. Roll out your paste, using the cutter which is in the set with the mould cut out your shape. Using your palette knife lift the paste from your board and place it in the vainer. Line up the petals with the veins.
      3. Taking the second side of your vainer and impress the veins into your paste creating your blossom shape
      4. Remove from mould. If you find the paste to be too sticky and sticking to your mould use some maize applied with a soft and clean brush to your mould. Using a small amount of glue, glue a pearl into the centre of each blossom. Place in egg box to dry. Use the same process make all you shaped blossoms
    2. Small Blossoms
      1. Roll out your paste. Using your small blossom plunger cut out a few blossoms. Glue a pearl in the centre
      2. Allow to dry. Do the same with all your colours.
  5. Step 5:
    1. Blanket
      1. Using your quilting mat and various coloured fondants create your blanket. Measure the square size on your mat. Cut the same size piece out of your wax wrap. This is your gauge. Roll out your fondant and using your square gauge cut the same size out of your fondant. Cut 2 to 3 blocks of each colour, placing the cut out block onto the mould as you are cutting out creating a patchwork quilt. When all colours are cut out and placed onto your mould rub the joints softly with your finger to join the edges. Lastly using your small rolling pin roll over the entire patchwork to create your design. Turn upside down with fondant now on your work mat and remove the mould slowly making sure all edges are joined. Using and sharp knife neaten your edges. Using your green highlighter dust the mat lightly using a soft brush. Set aside.
  6. Step 6:
    1. Covering your board
      1. Roll out your left over white fondant into a long strip. Using your impression mat and cake smoother impress the happy birth pattern into your fondant. Lift the fondant very carefully making sure your design is not getting stretched out. Starting at the back of your board, cover the board around your cake. Neaten the join at the back using your finger and light pressure. Cut the excess fondant off the edges neatening your boards edge.
  7. Step 7:
    1. Banner
      1. Using your bunting alphabet mould make the words you want to have on your banner.
      2. Using white gel lightly paint the extruding letter part on your bunting
      3. Allow to dry
      4. Tie a piece of string to 2 poles (sosatie sticks)
      5. Glue your words to the string.
      6. Allow to dry completely before inserting into your cake
      7. When using sticks like this you cannot just stick them into the cake you need to inter them into straws and then into your cake.
  8. Step 8:
    1. Assembly
      1. After your paint has dried you can assembly your cake.
      2. Place your blanket on the top of your cake and the Teddy on top of your blanket.
      3. Using you baby teddy mould, make 2 baby teddies and accompany tammy teddy using your modelling chocolate and fondant blend.
      4. Randomly place your large and small blossoms on the top of your cake. You can use a tiny amount of glue to apply them.
      5. Using your large blossoms cover the edge of your cake where your cake and board come together
      6. Using your ribbon cover the side edge of your cake.