How To Make A Mouse Sugar Model Cake Topper
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Last Updated on 5th September 2021 by Vicki
Yay! I’ve finally got round to writing a tutorial on how to make my mouse sugar model cake topper. I designed and created this little mouse last year, when I made an Autumn themed cake, that was inspired by one of my girl’s story books.
So I made my little mouse entirely from white Saracino Modelling Paste. I coloured the paste grey by adding a tiny amount of black food colouring paste. You don’t need to add much, I use a toothpick to add the colour and knead it into the paste, until I get my desired shade. You need grey for the body and a slightly lighter grey for the belly.
After colouring Saracino modelling paste, I leave it for a few minutes to rest before I start modelling, as I can find it a little too soft to work with straight away. Saracino modelling paste takes a while to set, giving you more time to sculpt your models. This is perfect for our little mouse, as you will have more time to mould the legs out of the body. You should also be able to shape and adjust the finished model before it’s fully set.
As usual, I have included a list of all the items and tools used in this tutorial at the bottom of the page. If you want to head straight to the list, then click here. Also, as with all my tutorials, I use vodka to stick my little mouse together, but you could always use an edible glue.
Mouse Cake Topper Tutorial
This tutorial consists of step by step photos and fully written descriptions. I have also included a YouTube tutorial too.
Making The Body And Feet
Take 30g of the darker grey modelling paste and form it in to an egg shape with a flat bottom.
Use your fingers to tease out the leg shapes as can be seen above.
If you have a dog bone tool, you can use it to make more definition at the top of the legs. This also helps to smooth out the modelling paste.
Use the taper end of a cone modelling tool to create holes in the end of the legs.
Take two small balls of pink modelling paste. I coloured mine with pink food colouring paste. Making them into balls first, helps to make them the same size.
To make the feet, form the balls into flat rectangles with an upturned pointed bit at one end.
Insert the pointed end into the premade holes. Use a form of glue if they do not stick.
Use a blade tool to make two indented lines on the top of the feet. This will result in three toes on each foot.
For more definition, you could gently press a ball tool into the centre of the feet so they curve slightly.
Making The Belly, Arms And Hands
To make the belly, take a small piece of the lighter grey paste and form it into a flat egg shape.
Stick this piece onto the body and shape with your fingers if necessary.
To make the arms, form a small piece of the dark grey paste into a tube. Use the smaller end of a ball tool to create a hole in one end of the tube.
Form a tiny piece of pink modelling paste into a tear shape. This is one of the mouse’s hands.
Stick the pointed end of the hand into the premade hole, as can be seen above. Repeat this process again, to make the other arm and hand.
Use the larger end of a ball modelling tool to gently make an indent in the top of the body. This makes a space for when attaching the head.
Stick the arms onto the mouse’s body as can be seen above. Next, use the blade tool to gently mark fingers on the hands.
Insert a piece of spaghetti in the middle of the body. Be careful not to push it too much so it comes out the other side. You need a small piece to be seen at the top, which the head will go on to.
So that’s the body of your mouse cake topper made. It’s a good idea to put this to one side now, so it can start to set and strengthen up a bit. This will mean it will take the weight of the head. I left mine for about an hour. While it is setting, you can now make the head.
Making The Mouse’s Head
Take 15g of the darker modelling paste and form it into a ball shape. Lightly flatten one side. I placed mine in a celformer, as it helps to keep the back of the head curved as you make the face.
Use a bone modelling tool to mark the eye sockets.
Form two small pieces of the darker grey modelling paste into balls and stick them next to each other on the face, under the eyes. Use a scriber tool to mark the whisker holes.
To make the teeth, take a tiny piece of white modelling paste and shape it into a triangle. Stick this onto the face, as can be seen above. Use a blade modelling tool to mark a line through the middle of the white paste. This will create two teeth. Next, make the nose. Form a small piece of pink paste into a triangle and stick it onto the face, as can be seen above.
To make the chin, form a small piece of grey modelling paste into a moon shape.
Stick this under the teeth, as can be seen above.
Stick two balls of white modelling paste in the eye sockets and use a ball or bone tool to mark indents in them.
Next, stick two smaller balls of blue modelling paste into the premade holes and then mark holes in them with a ball tool.
Now, stick a black sugar pearl in each of the premade holes. You could also use balls of black fondant for this.
Lastly, stick two tiny balls of white modelling paste onto the eyes, as can be seen above.
Once the face is finished, you can shape the head slightly with your fingers.
Once you are happy with the shape of the head, gently insert it on the spaghetti, attaching it to the body. You can again play a little with the shape to get it how you want it.
You should really see your mouse cake topper coming to life now! Next to make and add the ears!
Adding The Ears, Fur And Tail
Cut out two small circles of the darker grey modelling paste. Next, stick two pink circles on top. I used the larger end of a piping nozzle for the pink circles.
Use the larger end of a piping nozzle to cut out curves from the ears, as can be seen above.
Stick the ears to either side of the head. Shape with your fingers.
If you wanted to add some tufts of fur on top of the head, then form a couple of pieces of modelling paste into a flat tear shapes and stick them onto the head. Mark some definition with the blade tool.
Now, you can do some last minute shaping tweaks if you need too. This is the good thing about Saracino as you have more time to adjust your model if necessary.
Lastly, roll a piece of pink modelling paste into a tube, tapering it at one end.
Stick the tail onto the back of the mouse.
So that’s how to make my mouse sugar model cake topper! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make this cute mouse cake decoration. To help further, I have also included a YouTube video of me making the mouse.
Items Used To Make The Mouse Cake Topper
Below is a list of items (with links) used in this tutorial.
- 250g Of White Saracino Modelling Paste :https://tidd.ly/3AdsagG (You will only use about half of this, so will have some left to use on another project. Bonus!
- Midnight Black Food Colouring Paste by PME : https://tidd.ly/3CcL3Sv
- Hot Pink Food Colouring Paste by PME : https://tidd.ly/37lmDrD
- Ocean Blue Food Colouring Paste by PME : https://tidd.ly/3jib7D8(The pastes will last you ages! They are very concentrated, so you will only use tiny amounts at a time.)
- 3mm Black Sugar Pearls : https://amzn.to/2Oyhkzo
- Bone Modelling Tool : https://tidd.ly/3ikaCsM
- Ball Modelling Tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Cone Modelling Tool : https://amzn.to/2RcaW1J
- FMM Knife and Scriber Tool : https://amzn.to/2PGkvpv ( I love this tool! It’s so handy)
- Sable Brush : https://tidd.ly/3xtrKRz (For adding your choice of glue)
- CelFormer Flower Formers : https://amzn.to/2Qf0y8T (These are usually used to help shape sugar flowers, but I also find them useful when I’m making sugar models too.)
That’s all from me, but you may also be interested in my seal sugar model tutorial. Link below if you would like to take a look!
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