Dads Retirement cake

So the father retired from working at the local council end of February after 30+years, so it was inevitable  to use this excuse to try some modelling with sugarpaste. What i had in mind looked great! Dad sat on sofa with a newspaper and cup of tea on table (he is like the hubby cuppa tea guzzler, i on the other hand am not, previous post on this ).

So i started making the sofa Wednesday night, all went well and it looked like a sofa, great! Next came building the father. I sat and thought how to do it, i wish i thought more on this! I done his legs first and glued them to the sofa, next the body and arms, glued together. Then the head, eyes and hair. Went back to glue his arms back on as they fell off. Stood his body upright, head intact and went to put it onto his legs that were on the sofa. ‘Oh’ his head fell off along with his arms again…So out came a plate the sofa was put on it, along with his legs that were still glued to it. body laid down on the plate with head glued on and arms.

They stayed there until Saturday when it came to making the cake. I got them out the fridge. ‘Oh’ his head falls off along with an arm. I stand wondering how people do it. I refuse to google, i can do this, i can work it out without having to look at how professionals do it. They all go back in the fridge to harden up again. The cake was made and icing rolled on top. This left to stand overnight, as i wasn’t sure how long dad sitting on the sofa would last on top of the cake.

Sunday morning, smile on my face, it’s got to be hard and stuck together by now! I place the sofa onto the cake and carefully put the body onto the legs. He has survived!! ‘Duff,’ he is headless again! So i make a little circle pillow stick it behind dad and pop a cocktail stick in, stick the head back on and let the stick keep it up.

Quick to the parents house (40min drive) before he becomes headless again!

He survived the journey 🙂 The mother and father got to see the cake as it should be, not one of my best cakes i admit! He lasted 2/3hrs before his head, arms and body fell…



What have i learnt this time around?

To google how to make them and how to get them to go hard and stay hard, as i found the sugarpaste went soft again after a couple of hours out the fridge! I also learnt something else. Make the head and body round, rather than thin rectangles.


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