Margherita Ferrara Makes Patrick Dempsey Even Sweeter!

August 02, 2016

Margherita Ferrara Makes Patrick Dempsey Even Sweeter!

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 Ferrara for Innovative Sugarworks

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.

Patrick Dempsey cake Topper with Sugar Shapers 

Materials Needed:


The Basic Face

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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


The Nose

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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


The Mouth

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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


The Cheeks

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).

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


The Eyes

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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


The Finishing Touches

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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


Paint the lips with red dust color and apply a thin cylinder of black sugarpaste along the eyelid for eyelashes.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers

 
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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


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.

Building Patrick Dempsey with Sugar Shapers


And there you are! Your Patrick Dempsey cake topper is ready for your next Grey's Anatomy party!

Patrick Dempsey Cake made with Sugar Shapers

 


 

We hope you liked Margherita's tutorial! You can learn more about Fashflower's Cake, and see more of Margherita's work on her website. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.





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