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This article was taken from our January 2017 Issue

Free Comic Strip Boom! Cake Topper Tutorial

Learn how to create this fun comic book style cake topper by Dina Nakad of miettes.

Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Roll out red gum paste (or fondant with added CMC or tylose) to 6cm (¼” thick), larger than the size of the word you want to cut out.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Lay down the pre-printed design on the paste and hold it tight.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

With a pointed tool (such as a dresden tool or CelStick), draw the border of the word plus the details.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Remove the paper to reveal the imprint on the paste.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Let the paste rest for 10 minutes or until it dries out a bit so you will be able to cut easier into the paste. With a craft (X-acto) knife, cut along the borders.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Repeat the same process for the yellow layer.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Smooth the edges of the cut outs with a dresden tool.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

The two cut outs should look like this.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Roll out some black gum paste and attach the yellow cut out with a little water. Leave to stand for a bit.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Cut out the black shape following the lines of the yellow shape. Use the images for reference.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Attach the word with a little water.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Leave it to sit until it dries out completely and is no longer flexible.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Add the explosions. Use a cloud cutter and then cut again to make it smaller and look like an explosion. Add some indentations and lines with a dresden tool.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Glue to the topper with royal icing.

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Turn the topper over and attach two wooden skewers with royal icing (or melted white chocolate)

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Comic Strip Cake Topper Tutorial Cake Masters Magazine

Make sure to add a paper towel underneath the skewers and below the topper, as pictured, to keep the skewers straight. Leave for at least 24 hours to dry out completely and make sure the royal icing has stiffened. You may want to add a piece of rolled out black fondant to cover the skewers at the back.

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