She was nice enough to send these behind-the-scenes photos of this perfectly-executed Olivia cake, along with some great tips. I love the illustrated look of this cake!
If you think of this sculpted cake in terms of tiers, this is a sculpted three tier cake. The top tier is made of a mix of cake and buttercream (like a cake ball). For support, the bottom and second tier are doweled, and there is a central dowel which runs the length of the entire cake.
Renata used a photo and an Olivia figurine as references for carving. The entire cake was iced in buttercream, and then covered it fondant. “I added some buttercream under [the custom support of] the snout so it wouldn’t be flat.”
In covering the cake with fondant, Renata first covered the skin, followed by the dress. Then, she added the ears and arms.
“The ears are fondant with tylose”. After she modeled the ears, she dried them in the oven, with just the oven light on.
The ears were then inserted with thin dowels. You can do the same for the arms.
If you have good paintbrush skills, you can paint on the face like Renata did: “I drew the face with a brush and food color mixed with vodka. I dusted inside the ears and the nose with light pink.” Another option is to use edible marker for the face.
Lovely Cakes is an award-winning cake shop, recently featured in Brides Magazine as a winner America’s Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes. Lovely Cakes is located in Norwalk, CT, serving Connecticut and the New York Metro area.
Olivia is the creation of Ian Falconer.