I'm going to teach you the basics to polymer clay cake making, and a few ideas to decorate them. I'm uploading some of my best cakes for inspiration, but going to your favorite cake store is also highly recommended. This is a very addictive activity, I hope you'll enjoy it and if you need tips please let me know! I'm always glad to help.
This instructable will cover:
- How to get a realistic translucent cake. Not opaque or chalky.
- How to make a realistic cake texture.
- How to decorate your cake with fondant, icing, etc.
- How to pipe polymer clay.
Step 1: Clay and tools
- Translucent clay. I use Sculpey III Translucent No. 010
- Pale yellow clay. I use Sculpey III Sunshine No. 1274 *
- Clay in many colors for fondant, icing, decorations, etc.
- Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS).
- Sculpey Clay Softener (not pictured). If you're going to pipe the clay, softener makes it easier.
- A rolling pin or pasta machine.
- A round cutter. Mine's diameter is 4 cm.
- Blades. For cakes I like to use a tissue blade, razor blade and straight utility knife blade.
- Toothpicks and needles. Look for pointy ones! Pointy needles and toothpicks achieve a better texture.
- (Not pictured) Icing nozzles. I buy icing nozzles from my cooking store because they're cheap and easy to use, some people prefer to use a clay extruder... but in my opinion, what better way to make realistic pipping than with a real icing nozzle?