Icing Panda Cake Decoration

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To make the Panda you will need:

  • 35 g / 1 ¼ oz of white sugar paste (ready to roll icing)
  • 30 g / 1 oz of black sugar paste (ready to roll icing)
  • A tiny piece of pink sugar paste (ready to roll icing)
  • 2 cocktail sticks
  • 1 small paintbrush
  • A small amount of vodka or icing glue (to stick the pieces of icing together)
  • A small amount of icing sugar (to dust surfaces to prevent sticking)
  • A piece of polystyrene.
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Firstly we’ll make the black components of our panda:

Warm the ready to roll icing by rolling into a ball between your hands for a few minutes.

To make the legs Take ¼ of the ball, separate in half and roll 1 half into a log shape.

Using a finger and thumb pinch 1 end of the log and shape into a foot.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Use a cocktail stick to create the toes. Repeat with the other half to create the other leg.

To make the arms:

Take 2/3rds of the remaining black icing and roll into a log Pinch in the centre to create a flat area.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
 Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

To make the face and eyes:

Roll 2/3 of the remaining icing flat and use a heart shaped cutter (or carefully use a sharp knife) to make a heart shaped piece.

With the remaining 1/3 make two very small balls for the pupils.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

To make the ears:

Roll two small balls and flatten slightly, then using the end of a cocktail stick or the end of the paintbrush create a depression in the centre of each.

To make the nose:

Roll a small piece of icing into a ball, flatten slightly and pinch the edges to create a triangle.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Now for the white parts of the panda:

REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS SO AS NOT TO CONTAMINATE IT WITH THE BLACK

Warm the ready to roll icing by rolling into a ball between your hands for a few minutes.

Remove approximately 10% of the ball.

Roll 2 small balls to use for the eyes and the remainder into a ball which should be flattened slightly and shaped to form the snout.

Separate the remaining white icing into two pieces of about 1/3 for the head and 2/3 for the body and roll into balls.

Separate the pink icing into 6 small and 2 larger balls and flatten slightly.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

All the component parts are now ready.

Push one of the cocktail sticks into the polystyrene to form a support.

Push the body ball onto the cocktail stick and push the head into place so you don’t accidentally stab yourself while placing the legs.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Slightly flatten the end of the leg that is to be fixed to the side of the body and brush some vodka or icing glue onto the flattened part and press into place.

Repeat with the other leg.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Remove the head, lift the cocktail stick a small amount and place the arms flat face down onto the cocktail stick and arrange to suit.

Brush one side of the snout with vodka or icing glue and press it into place.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Position the nose, eyes and pupils and push firmly into place.

Using one end of the cocktail stick, draw in the mouth.

Use the pink icing, push into position for the pads of the feet.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration

Your Panda is now complete.

Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration DON’T FORGET! IF THIS IS TO BE GIVEN TO A CHILD YOU SHOULD USE A CANDY STICK FOR SUPPORT INSTEAD OF THE COCKTAIL STICK. YOU MUST ALWAYS REMOVE ANY COCKTAIL STICK BEFORE EATING TO AVOID POSSIBLE INJURY. Moray-Life-Panda-Cake-Decoration
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