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Miniature 1/12th scale Jubilee cake Miniature 1/12th scale Jubilee cake
Learn how to make this wonderfully patriotic miniature 1/12th scale Jubilee cake for your celebration scene in this step-by-step tutorial by Kerry Fawcett using clay...

Dolls house holding a Jubilee street party? Then you need a showstopping cake miniature-style (please note – NOT edible). Or, adapt the cake design to suit any occasion!

You will need

Tools 

  • Clean worksurface/flat tile
  • Single-sided blade
  • Craft knife
  • Roller or glass jar
  • Circular cutters – 1in, 1/2in & 1/4in diameter
  • Cocktail stick
  • Soft bristle paintbrush
  • Pack of playing cards
  • Handy wipes

Materials 

  • White clay
  • Yellow, cherry red & blue clay
  • Liquid fimo (or equivalent)
  • Tacky glue
  • No-hole micro beads (gold, red & blue)
  • Gold Metallic powder

Instructions

1. Make sure your hands, tools and work surface are extremely clean. Knead the white clay until it is pliable enough to work with. Place 25 playing cards on each side of your clay. Use the roller to roll out the clay flat and even.

Rolling out clay

2. Cut a 1in circle with the circular cutter.

Circular cutter

Do this on a clean flat tile which will be the worksurface and baking tile all in one. Gather up the excess clay to roll again. This time put three cards each side and roll out. Cut out a 1/2in diameter circle. Bake both pieces of clay according to the manufacturers' instructions. Once baked and cooled, place the smaller circle centrally on top of the larger one. Glue in place with tacky glue or liquid Fimo.     

3. Using two cards each side, roll out the bright red clay. Using a single sided blade, cut into eight strips approximately 1/32in wide.

Cutting red clay

Gently stick one red strip to the edge of the top piece of white clay and bring it down to the bottom of the base. Repeat with the rest of the red strips of clay. 

Sticking red clay strips to miniature cake

Roll out the blue clay and repeat the process right round the cake between the red strips. Cut away the excess clay with your craft knife from the bottom of the cake.   

Blue and white clay strips on miniature cake

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4. Use a cocktail stick dipped in water to stick no-hole micro gold beads to the top and bottom of each red and blue stripe.

Miniature cake with red and blue strips and micro gold beads

5. Place 14 cards either side of a ball of red clay and roll it out. Cut a 1/4in circle from this clay.

Red clay circle

Glue centrally to the top of the cake.

Miniature Jubilee cake

6. Roll out yellow clay with two cards each side. Cut four strips of clay approximately 1/32in wide. Cut one strip 1/8in wide. Paint each one with brush and gold metallic powder so no yellow shows through.

Painting yellow clay with metallic gold powder

Stick the thickest piece carefully round the base of the red circle. Take a cocktail stick to place alternating red and blue no-hole beads around the gold band.

Collage of miniature Jubilee cake in progress

7. Take one narrow piece of gold clay and glue to the top edge of the crown rim. Use liquid Fimo as glue. Bend this piece until it meets the centre of the top of the red clay (you may need to trim these pieces). Secure in place with more liquid Fimo. Repeat this process with all four pieces to complete the crown.

Creating a crown topper using gold clay

Finished Jubilee cake in 1/12th scale

Bake the cake according to the manufacturers' instructions. 


Continue the theme with this miniature tea cosy and table runner tutorial... Or, if you loved making this miniature 'treat', learn how to make this beautiful spring wedding cake using polymer clay!