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This time of year is filled with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. People are preparing for all kinds of festive occasions, including winter birthday parties. This Eskimo girl cake topper could be customized to resemble any winter birthday girl. She would look fabulous on a little white cake!

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 This is what you need:
Work surface
Corn starch
Water pen
Rolling pin
Fondant in white, light brown, skin tone, and black
White gum paste
Sparkling sugar
Three-inch circle cutter
Black and red edible markers
Six inch lollipop stick
Pink luster dust and small brush
Not pictured:
#12 piping tip
Corn syrup
Rolling cutter

Important note: Every piece of fondant in this tutorial was mixed with 1/3 part white gum paste before use. This makes each piece dry faster and stronger. This keeps your figure from bending or collapsing.

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Step 1: To create the base, roll out a thick piece of white fondant/gum paste mix. Cut out a three inch circle.

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Step 2: Roll 2 small light brown balls. These will be formed into the legs.
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Step 3: Roll the legs into even log shapes and cut the top and bottom even.

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Step 4: Make sure they stand up evenly. Form two small shapes as shown for the fronts of the boots.

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Step 5: Roll a larger ball of light brown fondant for the torso. Hand shape it into a wide cone shape by rotating it on your work surface while applying pressure at the top to form a point.

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Step 6: Attach the legs to the base using your water pen. Attach the fronts of the boots.

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Step 7: At this point, get your corn syrup, brush and sparkling sugar.

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Step 8: Apply sparkling sugar to the white base by brushing a thin layer of corn syrup around the shoes. Then gently pour sparkling sugar on the corn starch and press lightly. Tilt the base to remove excess.

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The feet now look like they are surrounded by sparkly snow!

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Step 9: prepare the lollipop stick that will act as your central support rod. Do not attach the torso yet! Simply stack it on the legs and hold the stick behind it to judge the correct height. You need enough length sticking out of the torso to go through half of the head.

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Here you can see that I trimmed the stick to my desired height with a wire cutter. I also sharpened the top with a knife so each body piece of my figure will glide on easier. Do not attach the torso yet!

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Step 10: While the feet and base are still soft, plunge the lollipop stick down the center of the feet and through the base until you feel it hit the work surface.

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Step 11: Prepare a smooth, round head of the skin-tone fondant/gum paste mix.  Important tip: Allow all pieces to dry overnight before proceeding to the next steps!

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Step 12: After all pieces have hardened for 24 hours, place a small guide hole in the center of the torso’s base.

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Step 13: Moisten the points where the torso will meet the legs and slowly lower it onto the lollipop stick until it rests on the legs.

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Step 14: Begin to prepare the face by drawing a simple mouth with the fine-tip markers and brushing on pink powder for blush.

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Step 15: Use a #12 piping tip to punch out eyes and shape them into an almond shape.

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Step 16: Apply the eyes with water but don’t do additional work on them yet. They need to dry for an hour minimum.

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Step 17: Roll a small black ball of fondant for the bangs.

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Step 18: Hand shape the black fondant into the shape of bangs. Hold it up to the head and adjust it until you have the right proportions.

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Step 19: Use a rolling cutter to create hair marks in the bangs.

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Step 20: Attach the bangs to the head with water. Roll a thin piece of light brown fondant for the hood.

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Step 21: Use water to attach the hood to the head. Trim the excess.

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Step 22: Roll out some white fondant and cut thin strips to make the details for the front of coat and top of boots.

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Step 23: Using the same steps as we used to apply sparkling sugar to the base, apply it to these outfit details before attaching to the figure.

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Step 24: After the eyes have hardened for an hour minimum, they will be firm enough to color with edible marker. Draw a lash line and a pupil.

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Step 25: Finish each eye by adding three curved eyelashes above it.

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Step 26: Give the eyes a few minutes to dry. Then it is time to attach the head of the figure. Wet the point where it will meet the neck. Use a toothpick to create a guide hole at the center of the bottom of the head. Then slowly lower it onto the lollipop stick.

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Step 27: Cut another white strip and apply sparkling sugar. Attach this carefully as the detail of the jacket hood.

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Step 28: To create the arms, roll two small balls of light brown fondant.

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Step 29: Hand form the arms as show above. They should be narrow at the shoulder. The bottoms are blunt because the finished arms will disappear into jacket pockets.

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Step 30: Attach the arms to the body with water. Cut out small pocket shapes and attach so it looks like the hands are in the pockets.

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Step 31: Cut three thin pieces of black fondant. Wet the tops and attach them together. Braid them like real hair. Twist the bottom a few times to end the braid.  eskimo36.jpg

In the final picture, the braids have been attached with water and a final sparkly detail has been added to the jacket pockets. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you customize it to the needs of your winter celebration!

Happy Caking!
Renée