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Tutorial of my T-Rex sculpting, Painting and Piping FX-fog

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I have been asked a lot and I have it on my face book page but I figured I would post it here for easier access.

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The T-rex figure had to have a sturdy structure to build off of. We used
wooden dowels and thick wire to create a sturdy structure that we could pose.

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The structure was then mounted to a base. This base supported the figure during the creation
and in the final cake.

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After being cleaned and sanitized the structure was covered in foil.

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Then it was time to mix the rice cereal and build up the body. We found that mixing the rice
treats and then baking them for 10-15 min helped them to stick and harden faster which was
key since gravity is not your friend here.

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We coated the structure with melted marshmallow to help the rice treats stick. You can still see
this on the tips of the feet and the tail. We packed the rice cereal treats on in manageable
sections starting with the belly as it was the most bulky area. Once we were happy with the basic form
we squeezed and compacted the treats. This firmed it up and revealed any areas that needed additional work.

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When we were happy with the form of our figure, then we began to crumb coat
it with icing. I hollowed out the eye sockets so I could make nice round eyeballs with fondant later.

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Next we went on to wrapping the figure with fondant or gum paste. We used fondant in this case.
We rolled out green colored fondant the same as we would when covering a cake. We covered the
figure in 4 parts; first the body, then the legs individually, and the head last. The idea is to cover it
in a way that all seams are hidden or in a natural location. We used Vodka to blend the 4 coverings together.
Vodka helps to wet the fondant extending the working time so you can knead it together. Standard
sculpting tools were used to add skin ripples other details such as the mount and the nose.
The Vodka evaporates after time.

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The eyes were done after the body was entirely complete. We use white fondant, rolling it into
little balls and inserting them into the eye sockets. We then made little eyelids and kneaded them in.

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After the figure completely dried we began the painting process. I found this scrap book paper at
a craft store. It really helped us understand the pattern needed. We didnt want this Dinosaur to be very
scary so we went less realistic on the color. Every little spec was painted with a brush using metallic green
Americolor edible paints.

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Once the specs were done, we airbrushed 2 additional shades of green, white for highlights and
brown/green mix for shadows.

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We put the figure aside to dry while we shifted out attention to the cake base. The cake base was
chocolate with butter cream filling and crumb coat. To create the breaking ground formation we just cut our
sheet cake into cracked sections and covered them separately.

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You might have noticed that we did not use a smooth crumb coat; that was intentional, as it gives the rocks
better surface texture. The fondant was also rolled thin to further capture the roughness of the crumb coat.

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Variously sized detail rocks were rolled from fondant to accentuate the cracks and border of the cake.
These were meticulously placed.


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We wanted the rocks to look like they were under lit from the lava. A trick we used was to paint
them the same way candy car paint is applied; using a gold base color, and then spraying a red-tinted
clear coat. Again we used Americolor edible airbrush paints.

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Then we hand painted all the crack details with a fine brush.

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We then applied torch heat to the paint that we spent a hour applying. This sugar is slightly caramelized,
blending the colors. It was intended to be lava rock, so we wanted it to look hot! We applied heat
heavily on the little detail rocks, making them look like roasted marshmallows. Four small
hoses were then run through the cake and out the bottom. We connected the hoses into one big hose
that ultimately attached to the water-based fog machine.

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After the fog hoses were in place, we needed to pour the lava. (Sorry, I do not have a photo
of this step with out the figure in place.) We cooked sugar to the Sugar Crack state, and added
cherry flavor and some orange-red food coloring. After the cooked sugar cooled two to three
minutes, we poured it into the cracks of the rock forms. After ten to twenty minutes, this was
fully hardened. We trimmed the excess fog hoses, and placed the figure on top.

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It sure was awesome to see the fog fan out into the room from this cake.

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Once looking at it from all angles we realized that we needed to apply more torch effect.
We also torched onto the figure in places.

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The moment of truth had arrived. Hook up the fog, and let her rip.


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We got it to the party in one piece, thanks to the structure we placed within the cake in step 1.
All we needed to do now was add the candles. There was only once place for that, the head!

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We turned on the fog and everyone dropped their jaws followed by exclamations of
WOW and smiles all around. Now that was a Crazy Cake!
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post #2 of 67
Can't to this, but appreciate all your effort!
post #3 of 67
Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this.
post #4 of 67
Wow! icon_eek.gif Thanks so much for sharing. It is awesome!!!
post #5 of 67
Thanks for sharing.
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Stressed Spelled Backwards Is Desserts.

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post #6 of 67
first rate.

even looks like by his expression that you planned to put the candles on his head.

almost like he's saying in dopey sort of voice: gotta deliver the candles OUCH gotta deliver the candles OUCH!......
Keep on cakin'!
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post #7 of 67
Thread Starter 
Yea the plan all along was to give him a Mohawk with the candles. it just made it more playful. Thanks for the props and I hope it helps others come up with some cool cake ideas
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post #8 of 67
that is amazing!!! you put ALOT of work into it! fantastic job!
post #9 of 67
awsome job.thanks
post #10 of 67
After spending the last 10 minutes searching for the word to express how impressed I am with this cake, I'm at a loss (my vocabulary ain't that vast)...to say WOW!!! just doesn't quite explain how I feel about it. I think the techniques used to pull off this magnificent display are amazing and the finished piece...well, it's beyond words.

Thank you for sharing how you pulled it off.
"Be the change you want to see in the world."- Mahatma Gandhi

miniature cake tutorial

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"Be the change you want to see in the world."- Mahatma Gandhi

miniature cake tutorial

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post #11 of 67
I LOVE this...
post #12 of 67
AMAZING!!!!
Happy Caking!
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Happy Caking!
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post #13 of 67
WOW!!!!
post #14 of 67
Thanks so much for sharing !
post #15 of 67
Thread Starter 
I just realized that the Crumb coat image had a typo and didn't display here it it is.

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When we were happy with the form of our figure, then we began to crumb coat
it with icing. I hollowed out the eye sockets so I could make nice round eyeballs with fondant later.
It takes a crazy person to make Crazy Cakes! I guess I'm a complete wack-O.
www.crazycakes.com
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