How to Make a Frog Topper ~ A Blog Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I hope that you’ve had a great week!  Today I thought that it would be fun to do a little figure modeling.  Modeling cake toppers from gum paste is my favorite part of cake decorating–and if you’ve never tried it, what are you waiting for?  There’s no better way to personalize a cake or to give it that extra burst of personality!  Even the most unlikely cake toppers….like frogs for instance, are sure to bring smiles  :0) –I hope you’re in a froggy kind of mood—because you are about to learn how to make some really cute ones!~  Let’s go!

Okay, so today I used Satin Ice gum paste tinted with Leaf Green Americolor coloring gel.   I prefer to do all of my modeling with gum paste—and if I don’t have any on hand, I use fondant with a good amount of tylose or CMC powder kneaded in (you’ll be able to feel the elasticity increase as you work it in.)  I don’t like to use straight fondant because it is too soft for my taste–the figures are prone to sagging a little as they sit.  (We don’t want saggy frogs.)–

First, I rolled my gum paste into two balls–one slightly larger than the other.  I shaped the larger ball into somewhat of an egg shape.  This will be the body.  The smaller ball I shaped into an oval.  This will be the head.  While the gum paste is still soft, go ahead and give your frog a smile—I used a toothpick, but use whatever you’d like.  Sometimes I use my scribing needle for this–or even a “real” needle would work.  Anything sharp with a fine point.

 

Notice that I used my toothpick to make two holes.  One in the top of the body, and one at the bottom of the head.  These will be lined up later, and joined with a piece of  dried pasta.  But first, we’re going to let the two pieces dry overnight (along with the tongue–we’ll get to that soon.)

Soon after forming the head and body, I used a small piece of floral wire to create a hole in the center of the mouth.   You only need to do this step if your frog will have a tongue like mine.

 

The tongue is a strip of gum paste tinted with Americolor Deep Pink.  The tongue is optional, but it’s too cute for me not to share with you…

The next day (or after several hours), when your pieces are nice and firm, add a little piece of dry pasta or toothpick into the hole that you made earlier.  I like to dip the toothpick in a little sugar glue before inserting.  Next, brush the bottom of the head with a little more sugar glue, and twist the hole that you made earlier onto the dried pasta.  You’re just piecing these together like a puzzle.  The pasta/toothpick is optional, but I like the added bit of support.

To make the eyes, I formed two circles of gum paste and flattened slightly on the bottom.  When the surface feels nice and dry (after 5-10 minutes), you can safely draw on your black dots with a food coloring pen.  Then, glue them to the top of the frog’s head with a little sugar glue.

Next, I made four froggy legs and each leg started with a ball of gum paste.  Here’s what I did for each leg….

Once finished with the legs, I just attached to my frog with a little sugar glue.  The gum paste legs were still soft when I attached them.

My frog’s tongue was nice and firm after a night of drying, so I went ahead and inserted the tongue/floral wire anchor into the hole that we made in the mouth yesterday.  I used just a tiny bit of sugar glue around that hole before inserting the tongue.

Hey there little fella~

I made a little party hat for our frog–Just a  thick triangle of yellow gum paste (or fondant) with blue accents & pink food coloring pen polka dots.  It was sturdy enough to place right on after only a few minutes.  I brushed the bottom with a little sugar glue before placing on our frog~

Have I even mentioned that I love Disco Dust?  ;0) Frogs love it too.

In the same way that we made frog #1, we made a frogette!  The only difference is that instead of the tongue, I gave her pink lips as you see here :0) .  Just a flattened piece of pink gum paste placed over the mouth (once the head and body had a chance to dry).  I used my toothpick to re-form the line of the mouth that we lost when we placed on the pink fondant.

 

I gave her some pink blush with a little pink petal dust (applied with a dry brush).  I also gave her some eyelids with little slivers of green gum paste (applied while still soft)–and drew on some eye lashes!

Just a few more final touches…..a cake (this is a 6″ frosted in buttercream & tinted with Americolor Sky Blue), a fondant lily pad….a little fondant cake with buttercream borders..and somewhere along the way, Frogette found a pearl necklace! :0)

 

And that’s all there is to it!

 

I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial!  Some day, sometime when you least expect it,  you will need to know how to make a frog–and when you do, this tutorial will be here waiting for you  — and I want to see pictures!  ;0)

 

Have a great weekend!

Category: Animals, Animals/Animal Print, Blog Tutorials, Custom Toppers & Figure Modeling, Gum Paste & Fondant, Kids, Miscellaneous Kids Themes

38 Comments

  1. Barbara Jackson says: #1

    So gorgeous! And so simple when you know how. Thanks so much.

  2. jeanette williams says: #2

    OMG soooooooooooo cute definatly going to have a go

  3. angelwings says: #3

    Cute cute cute, of course. =)

  4. Helena says: #4

    Melissa, no tengo palabras para agradecer todo lo que estoy aprendiendo contigo. Todos tus tutoriales son fantásticos. Bs

  5. Sadia Wasim says: #5

    Soooo cute! Loved it!

  6. Wensday says: #6

    You make it look so simple to do.. Thank you for all the lovely tutorials!

  7. Joy says: #7

    Soooooooo darn cute!

  8. Tami says: #8

    Very cute! I love the effect on the side of the cake. How did you do that?

  9. Connie says: #9

    So cute! How did you frost the cake? I like it!

  10. Wafaa Sobhy says: #10

    You r so talented Milessa i love seeing your videos and i love your patience ,i will try this and for sure if it is fair good i will post the photo.
    REALLY I LOVE U:)

  11. Barbara says: #11

    Oh, I love this, and can’t wait to try it.

  12. Great tutorial … thank you! Your little frogs are very cute and have personality!

  13. sonia says: #13

    I love this it is so cool i have to try it out .

    Thanks

  14. peggy says: #14

    Sooooo cute. Cant wait to try making it. Thanks

  15. Cinzia says: #15

    Hi, melissa, I’ m from italy, and I love modelling,. I find you looking for cake decorating. Thanks for the tutorial very precise. Bye.

  16. Erica says: #16

    This is soooo cute!!! Can’t wait to try it!! Thank you

  17. Paula says: #17

    Sooooooooooo cute!

  18. Kathie Shea says: #18

    I love it! :)

  19. Allison says: #19

    How did you do the icing on the cake? I love how it looks like waves! You should do a video tutorial on how to ice the cake like that!

  20. JUDY CLUNE says: #20

    MELISSA, THIS IS SO ADORABLE. I’M GOING TO BE DOING THIS VERY SOON. ILOVE THIS STYLE ICING…..WOULD YOU SHOW US HOW YOU DID THIS? PLEASE PLEASE WITH (ICING ON TOP):) THANKS !!!!!!

  21. Grammy Sue says: #21

    Too cute!

  22. Betty johnson says: #22

    How do you do the icing on this cake. I love it!

  23. Stephanie Hamley says: #23

    Love it! Thanks Melissa!

  24. Melissa Diamond says: #24

    Thanks everybody! I’m glad that you like them :0) —

    For those of you that are asking about the icing, I first crumb coated the cake in white icing, and then for the final coat of buttercream, I took my sky blue frosting (which wasn’t completely combined–still some white swirls)–and spread on the final coat. I spread the final coat pretty smooth. Then, as I spun the turntable, I took my small angled spatula (which has a narrow tip) and pressed it into the buttercream. It really just took about 5 minutes–a very quick way to frost a cake! I’ll have to do a video–

  25. trisha says: #25

    Where does Mrs Froggy get her blush and lipstick (or are those lip injections..I didn’t want to be rude and ask her that) anyways she is a looker and her froggy date isn’t so bad himself. I must say that I do think that everything is better with a sprinkle of disco dust. I just might try it on myself these days and see what it does for me! HA!

  26. Annie Hill says: #26

    Would love to see a video of the icing technique.

  27. Cakelover888 says: #27

    Once again a great cake Melissa! you are such a great inspiration to us..thank you!

  28. enza vespoli says: #28

    Hi Melissa, I love your frogs and I love your buttercream design even more and yes please do a tutorial :)

  29. Brenda says: #29

    Very cute and memorable idea…I hope. I’ve needed little farmer boys and pigs but no frog yet. But that is today.

  30. Sasmita says: #30

    This is so beautifulllll !
    Love the way u designed so simply and with details. :)

  31. Ghada Hamdan says: #31

    Love it!!!! You do an amazing job and you make it look so simple!!! Thanks

  32. Janet Sawyer says: #32

    I absolutely love this they are soooooooooooooooooooooooo Cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

  33. Melissa Diamond says: #33

    Thank you!!! :0)

  34. sally says: #34

    Love it!!! im a chef i was thinking of a creative idea for my daughter’s 6th b-day

  35. SugarSwirls says: #35

    Thank you for your creative tutorials. You are SO creative and do some amazing stuff! Keep it up… and please keep sharing ♥

  36. Melissa Diamond says: #36

    Thanks Sally & SugarSwirls!!

  37. Erica Gunderson says: #37

    Ahhh man, I just had an order last week for froggy cupcakes and I couldn’t figure out how to do it! Mine turned out cute, but these are much cuter…next time :)

  38. Danielle says: #38

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe for gum paste as well as tips for working with it. I’m basically just a beginner, but I was able to make a really cool birthday cake for my husband, with your help. This was my first experience with gum paste and it was amazing! Had lots of fun creating! I took pictures to share, but don’t know how to attach them here. If you’re interested in seeing the results, let me know how to share them here–I’d be pleased to.

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