Margherita Ferrara is one of the hottest talents in European cake art. With a background in fashion and a corresponding eye for style, Margherita's work is both unique and distinct.
Margherita's creations range from the ultra-realistic to highly stylized caricatures, yet each piece exemplifies her careful attention to intricate detail and her remarkable ability to capture expression.
Margherita is the founder and owner of Fashflower's Cake in Florence, Italy. She also travels the world teaching cake design classes, and is our newest brand ambassador, representing Innovative Sugarworks in Italy and the European Union.
Today she is going to walk us through the making of this incredible Patrick Dempsey cake topper for a Seattle/Grey's Anatomy themed cake.
First, take a ball of sugarpaste to build an oval. With a light pressure of your finger, mark the indentation of the eyes about halfway up the oval.
Lay your Bone Chisel Sugar Shaper along one side of your eye indentation and press softly inward toward the center of the face to start to build up the bridge of the nose. This will also help to further mold your eye sockets. Use your fingers to build up the sides of the nose by pressing inward and out, continuing from the bridge you just made.
Use your Bone Chisel Sugar Shaper for the nostrils. The firm Bone Chisel Shaper is great for making the basic form of the septum. Then I like to use the larger end of the soft Bone Chisel Shaper to press upward into my nose, making small circular motions to expand the nostril. Last, use the smaller end of your Bone Chisel Shaper to define the edges of the nostril against the face.
With your Pointed Chisel Sugar Shaper, make a line a little wider than his nose to begin the mouth. Next, use your Round Tip Sugar Shaper to pull the sugarpaste slightly outward from the mouth line to add lip volume to your mouth. Finish your mouth by using your Bone Chisel Shaper to press beneath the bottom lip, adding shape to the lip and smoothing into the chin.
Mold the shape of the cheeks and cheekbones with light pressure from your fingers, and add creases and anatomical features with your Bone Chisel Mini Sugar Shaper (or the smaller end of your regular shaper if you don't have the Minis).
Use your Pointed Chisel Sugar Shaper to lightly mark the lines of the eyes. Check that both eyes are level with one another, then apply more pressure with your Pointed Chisel to deepen the lines. Remember that your eyelids are separate features from your eyeball- pressing upward into the sugarpaste along the line you've drawn for your eyelid will give dimension and reality to your design.
Paint the eye bases with white dust and leave to dry. Once they're dry, use blue gel color to paint in the irises, and use the tip of your Mini Bone Chisel Shaper (or the smaller end of your regular Bone Chisel) to dab in the pupil with black gel color.
Paint the lips with red dust color and apply a thin cylinder of black sugarpaste along the eyelid for eyelashes.
Make two small ovals out of sugarpaste for his ears. Flatten them out a bit, smooth them onto his head with your fingers, and press in and up with your Bone Chisel Sugar Shaper to sculpt the ear canal and inner ear structure.
Use black gel color to draw the eyelashes down a bit. Then apply a cylinder of black sugarpaste above each eye for the eyebrows. Use your Pointed Chisel Sugar Shaper to add shape and texture to the brows.
Apply black sugarpaste all over his head, and use your Pointed Chisel Sugar Shaper to add hair texture and style into a Dempsey-like 'do.
Use dust colors to give him a few final details- brush on a little chin stubble and add some depth and shadow to his features.
And there you are! Your Patrick Dempsey cake topper is ready for your next Grey's Anatomy party!
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