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Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste)


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August 3, 2020

Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) -cupcakes with mermaid tailsHere's an easy gum paste craft for those who like to have mermaid themed parties. This is very simple to make with only three ingredients and a knife as your craft tool.

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Supplies:

  • Gumpaste:
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 large egg (white only)
  • 1 tsp tylose powder
  • food colors of your choice
  • tools:
  • food safe gloves (optional)
  • knife
Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - supplies
 

Steps:

    Gumpaste

    1. Sift powdered sugar before using. Add a teaspoon of tylose powder and mix well.
    2. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - sifted sugar with the tylose powder mixed in
       
    3. Pour egg white and mix with a spoon until a dough is formed.
    4. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - addng egg white
       
      Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - mixing egg white into sugar
       
    5. Knead until dough is elastic.
    6. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - knead until the dough is elastic
       
    7. Divide the dough depending on how many colors you want.
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    9. Add droplets of food coloring on each portion and knead on a flat surface dusted with powdered sugar.
    10. Wrap in plastic if you wish to use it on the next day. Or you can just use it immediately.

    Form the tails.

    1. Take a portion of the colored dough. Depends on the size you wish to make.
    2. Roll this into an oval shape.
    3. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - divide and add food color to dough and roll into an oval
       
    4. Press one tip to flatten.
    5. Then cut a "V" shape in the center of the flattened portion using your knife.
    6. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - cut out a V shape from the flattened end of the dough
       
    7. Create lines on the two sides of the "V" by softly pressing the knife on it.
    8. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - use knife to make the tail lines
       
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    9. Pinch the tips on both sides to form the fin.
    10. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - pinch the tips on both side to make the tail fin
       
    11. Flatten the rest of the oval.
    12. Draw a criss cross on it using your knife.
    13. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - flatten the rest of the oval and mark with a criss cross pattern
       
    14. Gently press the sides to emphasise the shape of the tail. Slightly curl the fin.
    15. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - press the sides and curve to emphasize the tail
       
    16. This will harden in a few minutes and then is ready to be placed on top of your cake and cupcakes.
    17. Mermaid Tail Cake Topper (Gumpaste) - once hardened place on cake or cupcakes
       
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