How-to: The Tintin Cake


Some time ago, I made the above Tintin cake. It was one of the first cakes I’d ever done that involved painting with food colour directly onto rolled fondant. I get a lot of questions about how I did the above cake, so here’s a little instructional on my process, which I documented, but have never written about.

The first step was to establish the cartoons to duplicate. They were colour copied on a photocopier from the Tintin books.

Second step was to roll and cut out the fondant to the shape of the cartoon cell.

Then I started sketching the outlines of the cells, and the cartoon itself. 

I guess looking back, it’s kind of a crazy process – and before you say it, I am definitely AWARE that I could have printed these cartoons onto edible rice paper.  I know that option exists, so if painting miniscule cartoons onto fondant is not your thing, by all means, contact a local bakery and see what they can do for you.


Here’s another couple of cells. First the sketched outline of all the main characters.

Add in some colour – lightest colours to darkest.

 

Once all the colouring is mostly done, I go back over the outlines to make them pop a bit more. 

The final product was actually a couple of months of work – because fondant doesn’t go bad, I could store it easily, out of sunlight of course, and it was completely fine. It was nice to take the time to do it right. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to How-to: The Tintin Cake

  1. mydearbakes says:

    This is a very creative bake! I love it! =D

  2. Ev says:

    That is incredible!!! So much work – you must have so much patience! Amazing.

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