Tutorial : Cuppuccino Cake

Hello Hello,

This was a requested tutorial of a Cuppuccino cake that I made …earlier this year IRCC.
It feels like ageesss since I made it , but since I only started this blog this year, it must’ve been early on ^^

Backstory ? Oho,,
So at the start of the year, my old Korean exchange found me via FB. I remember promising to snail mail her a letter like she had, and never actually did =”=. So when she found me, I was like shiet, okay, gotta send a package.
I made this cake based on a Korean bakery called “Paris Baguette”.
I thought this cake was okay to make, the thing is , it was meant to look like a cup of coffee, I had to place decorations and such in a way that when you looked at it, it sorta looked like coffee ? I don’t know, it was hard to replicate it. I think I was trying too hard TT
Anyway, I kinda gave up half way and added my own ideas to it,,

TLDR; I made a Cuppuccino cake from Paris Baguette.

Pictures of reference, here and here.

So here we go.

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Materials

Materials

  • Dark brown clay
  • TLS
  • Terracotta clay
  • Kind of beige (?) coloured clay
  • Pink / red clay (optional, this was for decorations)
  • Green (optional ; decoration)
  • Circle cutter

Basically , lots of ‘browny’ coffee colours.

Cutting shapes

  • Split the beige colour into 1/3 and 2/3. The 1/3 will be for decoration
  • As for the 2/3, roll it out and cut 2 circles out
  • Do the same for the terracotta clay except cut out 3 circles with your cutter
  • Or the other way around, anything is fine.

Main shape

  • Arrange them one after another forming the pattern you want.
  • Carefully, start squishing your clay into a “cup” shape. This will be the cake base.
  • Try to make it more flat and not so tall like a coffee mug. Think cafe mugs
  • Roll out the dark brown clay

Shape 2

  • Cover the whole cake
  • Cut off excess and blend
  • If you need to , reshape the clay into the ‘cup’ shape

Top spiral

  • Taking that 1/3 of beige clay, roll it out
  • Take dark brown clay and make a handle to go with the ‘cup’ shaped base
  • Roll out about 4  little coffee bean shapes, use a toothpick or whatever tool you have to make that line in the middle
  • Take the beige and start making a spiral. You will probably want to do this on the cake itself because it’ll give you a rough template of how big/round it needs to be
  • Take it off the cake, then cut a decent slice out of it.
  • Place it back onto the cake, and use the cut out as a guide for cutting the cake piece
  • Use a needle tool and add cake texture

Decorations : You can decorate however you like, I’m just going to show you how I made mine.

Decorations

  • Arrange coffee beans however you want
  • Then, will dark brown clay, roll it out with one end more narrow than the other.
  • Squish it down onto your working surface and start bending it until you have that ‘steam’ shape. Cut off excess, repeat 2 more times
  • Flatten a circle, using TLS mixed with white clay and make random patterns into it
  • Roll out the red clay and cut a heart shape out of it.
  • Bake the mini decorations (not the coffee beans or the cake / spiral)

Sides of cake

  • Place the decorations on the cake
  • I added some more hearts, and cut out her initials out of the red clay

Completed

  • Then, carefully arrange the decoration on top of the cake.
  • Make sure you plan this well or else it’ll involve you making indents into the cake and if you look carefully, you can see that in my spiral part of the cake.
  • You can add some TLS to help they stay in place if you want
  • Also, I made a spoon with the dark brown clay, it’s up to you
  • Bake the whole cake + glaze

(You notice the leaf that I randomly added on. When I was baking, I accidently over baked it and the leaf kinda got burnt. In the final pictures, you can see that it ended up with this really nice gradient of brown – green. It was good.)

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And it’s done !
It looks pretty easy right ? But as usual , it took me a long time to decide how I wanted to go about this.
Also, looking back on it now, I think I added wayyyyy too many decorations on the side of the cake. I’m fine with the top but I remember at the time that the cake looked ‘bare’ and I needed to cover it up some more… heh.

Before Baking :

 

Completed

After Baking + Glaze

 

Before baking

Thanks for reading,

-Cyn

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Temporary Leave

Hi guys !

So I know, from the title, I’m on leave AGAIN.

I’m sorry. I’m so bad at this planning. I haven’t even finished all the crafts that were requested,, but I promise you that they will be done.

So right now, Im on my one week exam leave, with my first official exam next week.
All my exams continue till 30th November. On the 1st of December, I’ll be flying out to China for a 3 week break.
And will be back on the 26th December.

You all know what I’ll be buying….. crafts….. crafts EVERYWHERE !
So, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when I updated with a massive haul (hopefully….).

I have posted the same “Leave” entry on my DA, and have put my Etsy store on break.

Also, in my previous post, you know that I’m moving houses. I’m going to be packing away my craft stuff so I definitely won’t be crafting until I’m back from holiday.

Until then, I may update you guys on some old content or just some cool craft related stuff online.

Thank you so much for reading ! Sorry for always being on breaks and not able to complete my “To-do lists”.

-Cyn

Tutorial : Howl’s Moving Castle : Scarecrow

Hello Hello,,

So it’s DEFINITELY been a while since my last post, I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without posting ahahahah,,
Anyway, this is just going to be a tutorial of the Howl’s Moving Castle Scarecrow. I would do a tutorial on the dog and Calicifer, but as you know, they both kinda failed…. besides, I’m sure you’ll be able to make Calicifer.

Also, on a side note, right after exams, I’m actually going overseas for 3 weeks. So that’s 1st December – Boxing day.
I’ll be packing my boxes and right now, I’m thinking whether I should pack my clay things or not…
If I do, then it means that I won’t be making anything until I come back from my holidays. Otherwise, I’ll try fit some craft making into my exam schedule… hmhm

What do you think ? Should I pack it away now , or fit a couple more creations in ?

(Also, I can’t wait for a GIANT craft haul…… omg…..)

So, let’s begin ^^

Note : These are images from my FIRST attempt at this (as you know, I failed that one)

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Materials

Materials

 

  • Mini glass bottle (from ebay)
  • Paint brush
  • Glaze
  • White clay
  • Black Clay
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Nutmeg
  • Reddish colour
  • Green
  • Eye pin
  • TLS

Grass

 

  • First you want to take the paintbrush and glaze the cork on your mini glass bottle. I do this because it stops the cork from crumbling and it protects it.
  • Next take your green clay and mix it until you find a nice shade of green.
  • Push some clay to cover the bottom of the bottle

Hills

 

  • Take a tool and push it down to make sure it’s evenly spread out
  • Taking small blobs, make some ” Hills” in the bottle. This is optional. If you’re going to leave it flat, then make the grass thicker.

sketch

 

  • This is just a small planning sketch it drew. It helps me with the scale of the creation
  • Take an eyepin, you may need a tool to help you hold it in place.
  • Take black clay, and make a triangle onto the eyepin. This is basically the main body
  • Bake
  • Then take some blobs, add them to the side of the triangle and blend it in. These are the sides of his coat
  • Bake

Back

 

  • Decide where you want the front and back to be.
  • Take another blob of black clay and place it on the back and blend out. ( It looks weird in the image because I just placed it on there. I did a  lot of blending afterwards)
  • Bake

Arms

 

  • For the arms, roll a tiny log of clay
  • Attach it to the body making sure you have  clay to use to blend. You can see how I bent the clay so I could squish it into the body
  • Bake
  • Repeat for other arm
  • Take some white clay attach it to the top of the eyepin.

Hat

 

  • I didn’t have any small wires so I took the wire from those gift tags and cut a little bit off
  • Place it into the scarecrow where you think the mouth will go. This is the pipe.
  • Add some TLS to help it stay in place
  • Add some white blobs on the ends of the arms
  • Bake
  • Make a small circular blob
  • Using another piece of black clay, roll it out and cut into a rectangle.
  • Roll it into a hat
  • Place the circle on top of the scarecrow

Clothes

 

  • Attach the top of the hat
  • Make add another blob of white to the hands. These are the gloves that aren’t filled in ( this is why they’re drooping down).
  • Bake
  • Add some blue to the centre of the body
  • Add a smaller triangle pink shape to the top of the blue

Finished

 

  • Make a bow using the purple
  • Add a small circle onto the edges of the hat
  • Bake
  • Draw on the face
  • Place into bottle + bake

My failed first attempt, just to remind you TT

Failed

 

Second attempt

End result

 

So this image above is my second attempt at the creation and honestly, I liked my first version wayyyy better.
Also notice how you had to bake between every step. This is because if you don’t, you will end up smooshing the clay – as the scale is very very small

Anyway, I hope you liked this ^^
I was originally going to use a toothpick for the base of the body but it was too thick – my scarecrow would’ve been way too big.

Thanks for reading

-Cyn