So... on an amazingly humid and hot day, while thunderstorms raged outside I made toppers out of black fondant...remind me not to that again until winter.
For those of you who don't know, black fondant is horrible to work with as it get really soft and sticky with so much colour in it. I had to keep putting the fondant, and the toppers, in the fridge just so I could have them keep their shape as they refused to harden up at all (I am making them a few days in advance of the cake just so they have a chance to harden up before the wedding).
The trouble with putting things in the fridge when you're fondanting though is that, unless you've got a humidity control environment, you've got a very small window to do things in before the fondant gets 'sweaty' with condensation. It's frustrating and time consuming, but you just have to be patient.
Anyway, got there in the end!
I used polystyrene (styrofoam) balls in the middle to reduce the weight and covered them with fondant mixed with a little Tylo. You can see below how the cooled fondant is "sweating" in the heat and humidity.
The penguins wait to see.
One penguin finds his inner Dalek.
(keeping his eyes in place while the glue dries)
These toppers are for an upcoming same sex wedding. I think the penguin suit thing has become a bit of a running joke between the couple.
I've positioned the penguins flippers so they can hold hands when they go on the cake.
These were made for The Angel Food Bakery in Brighton's iconic South Lanes,
where the Cake Angels bring Cake Love to the public on a daily basis!