Step 4: Sculpting the Witch's Body & Head Base

 I've sculpted fondant figures before, but never a size this big. I did know that fondant when soft, is difficult to sculpt without disfiguring your figure. So I had planned on using Rice Krispie Treats as a base form so that I could let that harden and it would serve as a solid foundation for the fondant covering. I used the recipe on the box, but left out the butter.

Rice Krispie Treat Base:
5 oz mini marshmallows
3 C Rice Krispies Cereal

Pour marshmallows into a large bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes then stir. Continue to microwave at 30 sec intervals until completely melted. Quickly stir in the cereal. 

Working with this stuff can be a nightmare, so here are a few tips:
Place the mixture into a glass bowl and set it on a heating pad, that has been covered with a towel. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap then cover that with part of your towel. Set the heating pad to the lowest setting. This will keep your mixture from drying out and also keep it warm and pliable, giving you more time to sculpt with it. 

Rub a little bit of shortening on your hands and fingers, and/or a little bit of water. This will allow you to handle it and get it stuck to the pipe without it sticking to you.

Start from the bottom and work your way up. I did a cone shape for the dress, then went all the way up the pipe just past the shoulders. Then I went back and added more here and there to get her shape. You'll want to really pack in the cereal, so that you have a pretty solid form. If needed, you can use a pairing knife or a pumpkin saw to carve in more details of the shape after it has hardened.

Whatever shape you are wanting, be sure to exaggerate it because you'll be covering it with thick fondant and you'll loose some of your "curves". For instance, I knew that I wanted a "hunch back" for aesthetic reasons but also in order for the cape to go flowing off of her back. I also had planned for her to have a hood, so I exaggerated the hump. This helped hold her hood up when I got to that step. Her "butt", I did for similar reasons. It allowed the bottom of the cape to rest on it, keeping it away from her body, thus giving her more dimension.  

Ok, so the body was looking good. Next, it was time to move onto the head and neck. I used my personal fav, MMF (marshmallow fondant) and tinted it with a neon green food coloring. You can use store bought, however, it IS much cheaper to make your own.  I really don't want to go into particulars here on how to work with fondant or make it (this tutorial is more about the cake construciton), but you can check out my blog at ddpiesslice.blogspot.com for the recipe and tons of details and tips including all of the fondant tools I use.

So, first I taped the eye lights with white electrical tape bending and shaping them into place. Then I taped them more securely to the straw. I started with only a small ball of fondant, shaping it around the eyes. I built on that using smaller torn pieces of fondant. Similar to how you see people creating head busts out of clay. This step only serves as a base for the rest of the head and face, so just worry about the general shape.

Next I shaped the neck and smoothed that down over the tops of the shoulders. I let the whole piece dry and harden over night before moving on to the next step.

wow.this is awesome. i decorate cakes as a hobby also. Actually i have about 10 in the cupcake contest. It just says you are featured. You werent a finalist or a winner?? thats crazy.
Thank you danlynne07, and I won second place ;) Got beat out by &quot;Dexter Slides&quot; LOL <br>
You have done a wicked job, i have been looking for this tutioral thank you so much
It looks great!
I agree totally with ArcherAndy!! YOU&nbsp;ARE simply amazing, dahling!!&nbsp; Can't wait to see what your next creation will be...keep us up to date!<br />
Wow!!!!&nbsp; DD, you have done it again.&nbsp; My mouth still hangs open when I look at pictures of the fire helmet cake that you made for Jim.&nbsp; I wondered, how could you top that?&nbsp; Then you pull this one out of your trick or treat bag of talent.&nbsp; If this display doesn't &quot;take the cake&quot; for the win, then someone is hard to please.&nbsp; This is simply amazing.&nbsp; I showed it to Staci.&nbsp; She said, &quot;How does she do that?&quot;&nbsp; I don't know how you do it, but you are great at it.&nbsp; Keep of the edible good work.&nbsp; I'm impressed!!!&nbsp; Again!!!!&nbsp; You are a pro.&nbsp; Quite being so modest.&nbsp; I would say you have earned the right to boast a bit, even though it's not your nature.&nbsp; Simply amazing!<br /> -Andrew <br />
&nbsp;So Andrew, did you like the cake? LMAO &nbsp;Seriously tho, thanks, I appreciate all of the kind comments! (give Staci hugs for me!) luv ya!
Your tutorial is amazing, DeeDee...you are not only an artist, but a born teacher, too!
I love this!!! It is amazing. I have been showing to everyone.
Very professional and exceptional work! Good Job!
This&nbsp;REALLY&nbsp;is&nbsp;an amazing cake.....great work !!!
&nbsp;Thanks Cara, it IS my all time fav to date :)
Well if your not a pro .... that Cake show should be looking to hire you... this is totally awesome.... wish i could do an tenth of that...........Love it...
Awesome Cake, you should have won on CC!!! Thanks for posting all this!!!! You are great!<br />
AWESOME ddpie! &nbsp;Your attention to detail is amazing!
&nbsp;nooooooooooo!! after seeing the whole thing being &quot;born&quot;...and you have to destroy it? so sad :(
&nbsp;Bravo!!! great instructions and visuals...you did an amazing job.&nbsp;
&nbsp;you make this all sound like &quot;I can do it too&quot;....hahaha, but I know better!!&nbsp;
&nbsp;i love the cauldron!!&nbsp;
&nbsp;I love the effects the pulled sugar had....brilliant!!!
&nbsp;i love these guys...such character!!
i'm just in awe. to see her go from almost looking alien like...into this cool witch.
&nbsp;this is so amazing...to see how she started. I love the straw arms. why does &quot;terminator&quot; come to mind? LOL
omg...that is so cool!! seriously :)
&nbsp;very impressive! the lights are the perfect size!!
&nbsp;Great visual content
That little guy is clearly afraid of the big meanie pumpkin.<br />
Not only an excellent baker, but part electrician, builder also. You are a &quot;Jane of all trades.&quot;<br />
How sad to see it all deconstructed. That witch is really scary looking. <br />
DD, Totally Awesome Haloween Cake. I love all the detail in the cake and your instructions also! You rock girl and I'll be shocked if you don't win the contest. I give this cake &quot;5&nbsp;STARS&quot; Good luck!&nbsp; Debbie
&nbsp;amazing. Not only a very cool project, but a very thorough instructable, GREAT job! &nbsp;what a cool medium to work in!
&nbsp;Thank you sarahfish, I was a bit nervous with this being my first instructable and all.&nbsp;
Truly amazing.DD you are the best.
DD, this cake is so very creative. You have involved so many processes, what a truly amazing masterpiece. <br />
I don't know what is more impressive... your imagination or your baking skills! <br /> A real work of art!<br />
Fantastic!<br />
&nbsp;thanks guys, I really appreciate it!
Once again DD, You have totally outdone yourself.&nbsp; This is a 'wicked' awesome Cake!!!&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />
<p>AMAZING!!!&nbsp; Love all the detail!</p>
DD I will vote for you anytime my family will also vote for you you are a truly amazing cake lady. ha ha great job. carolyn from bakespace<br />
I soo love this cake, it's unbelievable in every detail.<br /> Every step and all the effort and knowledge you put into the construction is amazing. You must win, girl!<br /> Dajana
Awesome cake!! Luv the lighting effects!!<br />
Great job!!!!<br />
this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
Amazing cake! This is a sure winner!!
Amazing detail in this cake - Great Job!!!
OMG! That looks amazing!<br />
Freakin Awesome... Are you a pro and do this for a living or is this something you did on the side?&nbsp;
&nbsp;Thanks cammel8! &nbsp;No, I'm not a pro, nor do I do it on the side. I only do cakes and sugar art as a hobby. ;)

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