03 March 2022
We hear wedding bells! Learn how to 'bake' a stunning miniature spring wedding cake using polymer clay in this tutorial by Maive Ferrando. Let the celebrations commence...
Let’s get ready for spring with this miniature floral cake with pink roses and a beautiful swirly buttercream effect without using any special materials, just polymer clay...
DIY miniature wedding cake tutorial
You will need
- Polymer clay – vanilla, scrap clay, white, pink and olive green
- FIMO Liquid (or other liquid polymer clay)
- Nail caviar – silver
- Small tile (or other oven-proof dish to make and bake the cake on)
- Round cutters (I used 2.5cm and 2cm but you can adjust this to your needs)
- Small ball tool
- Needle tool
- Fine ended tool
- Pasta machine or rolling pin
- Craft knife
- Acrylic paint – white and beige
- Water-based varnish
1. Roll out a sheet of scrap clay through the thickest setting of your pasta machine and cut out nine circles in two different sizes – five measuring 2cm and four measuring 2.5cm. Cut an additional 2.5cm circle using vanilla clay (or another cake sponge colour) for the bottom of the cake. Stack them together making sure they're centred and secure and bake the cake for 15 minutes at 110° Celsius.
2. Once the cake is baked and cool, roll out a thin sheet of white clay (or another colour if you prefer) and cut strips to cover the cake with. Smooth down all the edges and using a ball tool, trace horizontal lines on the white clay to make it look like swirly buttercream. If your clay is a little hard, try brushing a little baby oil or clay softener. Bake again for 15 minutes.
Top tip! Once the cake is cool, you can wipe the buttercream with some acetone. This will dissolve the clay a little, giving you a smoother finish.
3. After letting the cake cool down, you could paint it an off-white shade by mixing a little beige with white acrylic paint to make it look more like ivory, but you can skip this if you prefer it white. Apply a couple of coats and let dry completely.
4. In the meantime, take some polymer clay in at least two different pink colours, or another colour of your choice, roll them into strands and cut lots of pieces to make petals. Roll them into balls and flatten them. Use a blade to pick them up and gently roll the first petal into itself to create the core of the rose. Keep adding petals around it and use your fingers to pinch the edges.
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5. After making several roses in different sizes, pick them up from the centre using a toothpick and arrange them on the cake bonding with FIMO Liquid. Then use the toothpick to further secure the roses to the cake. To make the centre piece, arrange the roses on a small base of green clay and then place it on the cake.
6. To make some leaves, take some olive-green clay and roll it into a strand. Cut lots of tiny pieces, roll them into teardrops and flatten them. Then using a needle, trace all the lines on the leaves.
7. Slide a blade underneath to pick them up and pinch them a little before arranging them on the cake. If you find this a little tricky, bake the cake with the roses first and then add the leaves.
8. After baking the cake one last time for at least 30 minutes and letting it cool down, glaze the cake with water-based varnish and before it dries, add some silver nail caviar. Once the glaze is dry apply another coat to seal in the decorations.
This project originally featured in the March 2021 issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine – grab your copy here!
Now that you've created a beautiful centrepiece for your wedding scene, it's now time to turn your attention to the bride... Create a stunning miniature bridal bouquet in six simple steps!