Karen's finished cake - she taught us how to do this in 1 day!
We had the total pleasure of having Karen teach the pastry arts instructors at the PA School of Culinary Arts in Lancaster PA. Karen and I met filming Halloween Wars in Los Angeles in December last year. I was totally inspired by her skill and artistry so I invited her to come to us for a couple of days to share her structural concepts and decorating techniques.
So beginning with cake we made the layers for the skirt
I know - lots of straws but Karen wanted to show us how to stabilize a much larger cake. We then cut the straws down to the height of the cake. Then it went in the refrigerator to cool.
Once we had the skirt carved it was chilled again and then covered in a layer of buttercream to make the fondant stick
The body was made out of modeling chocolate sculptured around the wooden dowel which was later inserted into the pipe supporting the skirt. The wire formed the support for the head and arms.
From the back - note the twists of hair!
Painted detail before airbrushing
Oh la la!!