I am making a cake for a friend’s baby shower this weekend and sat down a few days ago to make some of the rubber duckies that will be on the cake.
I will preface this tutorial by saying that I am by no means a Picasso and as such, these are extremely simple ducks
I used the following tools:
Some tylo powder, fondant, colouring (yellow and orange) a black edible marker (super fine), a cake board the same size as my cake (so I could get the scale of the ducks right) and a rubbie duckie for inspiration
I also had Lily and Ava giving me some coaching…
I always work with fondant and then I use tylo (or tylose) powder to turn it into modelling paste (or gumpaste as they call it in the States). Basically… fondant is what I use to cover a cake. Fondant with tylo powder, changes the texture of the fondant so that it is easier to mould. More importantly, tylo powder ensures that the fondant will dry hard (which is important when making figurines.)
The ratio I use is 1/2 teaspon of tylo powder to 250g of fondant and I just knead it out until the powder has been absorbed.
Start by using a small amount of the yellow to create a teardrop shape
Attach the beak to the duck’s head using a fine paintbrush and some water, and using your finger, roll up the end of the beak slightly