Last weeks sculpted cake project was a replica of Sly Stallone after his 'Rocky 4' winning fight. I love sculpting and creating features and faces, but faces of an actual person... well, I usually steer clear. This type of work, whether using a pencil, clay or cake, has always been outside of my comfort zone. But, once in a while we have to stretch out a little... Don't we?
I started the concept by drawing a to-scale line drawing, this helps with overall measurements and to ensure the structure is built correctly.
The structure to support him was constructed, and the vanilla sponge and decedent chocolate buttercream we made in preparation. Layers were stacked, then carved down (with a-lotta wastage that I may have snacked on), until a semblance of a torso existed.
Chocolate modelling paste was then wrapped around the cake, ready for more layers of 'muscle' to be added. Now, for me this was the part of the cake making that had its perks. I thoroughly 'researched' the male form, muscles were a must. Images of flexing, twisting and punching were saved and stored on my handy netbook, ready to surround me, I mean, aid me, while I sculpted the body.