Anniversary Cake and Gumpaste Bicycle Tutorial

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A few weeks ago a friend of mine celebrated her one year anniversary with her boyfriend. She asked me if I would make a special cake for them that would symbolize some personal things in their relationship. The three things that had to be on it were a hand drawn bird saying the word “doot?” (from a picture she provided), multiple number “42″‘s and a bicycle. Although I don’t know the meaning behind all of these things I thought it would be fun to incorporate them all into a tiny tiered cake for the two of them. It is hard to tell in the picture but this was a small cake, in relation to most tiered cakes. The top tier was only 3″ round, the middle 5″ and the bottom 7″. To give it a modern look I added a few Chevron stripes around the top and bottom cakes.

My favorite part of this cake was the little gumpaste bicycle.

Don’t you want to just hop on and take a ride?

I thought I’d share with you how I made it.

My first step was to figure out how tall it needed to be. Since my cake was 4″ tall I decided to make it about 3″ tall.

Next, I went online and found a picture of a bicycle then printed it off and sized it so that it was the correct height.

I like to use modeling chocolate for most of my cake figures but I had to use gumpaste for the bicycle because it had such thin pieces that I was afraid they would melt in between my fingers while I worked with them. I colored some gumpaste red then pushed it through my clay gun with a round disc. I laid the pieces on top of my pattern and cut them to the sizes I needed. Using a paint brush, I brushed on a little sugar glue to attach the pieces together. (Sugar glue is made by mixing 2 Tablespoons of warm water with a 1/4 teaspoon of Tylose powder and allowing it to set in a refrigerator over night. You can also make it by placing a small piece of gumpaste in a container, adding some warm water to it and allowing it to sit overnight.) I dusted the paper with some cornstarch before laying the bike pieces on top of it to keep them from sticking.

For the wheels, I rolled out some black gumpaste and used a circle cutter to first cut out the outside of the tire and then a size smaller cutter for the inside of it. (You only see one of those cutters in this picture.) I used a very small circle cutter to make the center plate of the tire. I laid that circle in the center of the tire and brushed some sugar glue on it.

Next I took some dried spaghetti and used that for the spokes. The first piece I cut to the full diameter of the circle, dipped the ends into the sugar glue, then stuck each end into the tire and laid its center on the middle plate. This diameter piece holds everything together. From there I cut the rest of the pieces so that they were only half the diameter long and stuck one end in the glue then stuck it into the tire and laid the other end up against the first piece on the plate. I continued adding spaghetti pieces until I filled the tire with spokes. Once they were all in place I cut another circle piece of black gumpaste, brushed sugar glue on it and laid it on top of the first circle.

For the handle bars I pressed some black gumpaste through the clay gun, shaped it, then laid it over a scrap piece of foam board to dry.

I forgot to take pictures of the pedals but for those I cut out circles of gray gumpaste then attached strips of gumpaste for the bar and then a piece of black gumpaste for the foot pedal. I took a small ball of gumpaste and pressed it down to look like the bolt that holds it all together. Here is a cropped photo of what it looked like once attached. I made two, one for each side.

I then left everything to dry solid overnight.

The next day I used some toothpicks, foil and styrofoam to create supports and I placed the bike frame in an upright position. I was now able to attach some gray gumpaste that I had rolled out to form the metal attachment pieces. I adhered them with sugar glue and then attached the handle bars, also with sugar glue. You can see that some of the cornstarch still showed up on the bike but I later cleaned it by using a paint brush, dipped in vodka, to wipe it off.

For the seat, I took a ball of black gumpaste and pressed it down, then shaped it into a seat shape. I used my original paper pattern as reference for the sizes of everything. I flipped it over then used a gumpaste tool to press an indention on the bottom of it so that it would settle nicely down on the frame. I then took some sugar glue and attached it to the frame.

Before adding on the wheels, I mixed some silver luster dust with vodka and painted all the spokes to give them a metal look.

I also went over the gray pieces on the bike frame and painted those with the dust as well.

I then took some more black gumpaste and formed reflectors, which I attached with sugar glue, then painted with silver luster dust. You will notice in this picture that I had cleaned off all the cornstarch at this point.

Now came the tricky part, assembling everything. Since it was all so delicate I knew I was going to need something stronger and faster drying than the sugar glue for putting it all together. I decided to melt some red candy melts and use them as my glue because they hold better and dry very fast. I melted a few of the candy discs then used a paint brush and a tooth pick to attach the melted candy to the pieces. I would hold two pieces together until the candy dried, which was usually just a few seconds.

Once everything was assembled, I finished off the pedal by painting the gray parts with luster dust. It was now done and I was able to attach it to my cake with a small amount of royal icing.

Such a fun cake for such a special occasion.

Until next time, God Bless and Sweet Dreams.

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46 Responses to Anniversary Cake and Gumpaste Bicycle Tutorial

  1. Diane Ronsseray says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial ! How long did you spend to make this bike please ?
    I think i will try to realise it

  2. Alison Fisk says:

    Thanks for posting such a great tutorial. Simple and easy to follow. Tricky to do but who knew candy melts made for such great glue! Thanks again

  3. Regiane says:

    I just received a order to make a cake and the sent to me this cake pic :) so imagine how happy I was when I look for a tutorial and I find your tutorial!! Thank you so much.

  4. Margaret says:

    Thank you for posting your tutorial it is a great help as I have to make a bike in the next few weeks thanks once again margaret

  5. Barbara says:

    Thank you for this step by step tutorial. It really will help for a cake I need to do for next week. Kind regard

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  11. Anndze Tan says:

    I have to bake a cake for a friend end of this month and she is a cyclist. I have totally no idea how to mould a bicycle and was googling and came upon your blog. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I am going to try it and let you know the results.

  12. Camille says:

    Thank you so muh for the tutorial! I made it successfully for the midterm in my cake program!

  13. Amy says:

    This is great. My boyfriend is an obsessed cyclist and I needed to figure out how to put a bicycle on his cake next weekend.

  14. Kim Gold says:

    What a great tutorial! Timing is PERFECT, Im starting my husbands bicycle cake tomorrow and Im breathing easier now … with your help – I may just be able to pull it off! Thank you so much for posting!

  15. Kate says:

    Thank you so much for this.
    The timing is perfect as I have to make a bike this weekend.

    Can’t thank you enough :)

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  17. Julie says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderfull tutorial! I had someone asking for a cake for a bicycle fan. I tried to make one on my own but finding your tutorial relieved me sooo much! Now if I could only make sure that every parts stick together nicely.

  18. Karen says:

    Absolutely fantastic, it looks great. I hope mine turns out as good as yours when i try it for my husbands 40th birthday cake.Thanks for sharing xx

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks Karen! Good luck. I’m sure it will be wonderful. Happy Birthday to your husband. I turned 40 a few months ago so I feel his pain. Ha!

  19. Tanya says:

    Thank so much for this its brilliant! I’ve pencilled it in for a bike loving friend of mines birthday next year!

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks for your kind words Tanya. I am so happy the tutorial was helpful for you. Good luck on your cake. You have one lucky friend. Blessings.

  20. Wow. Such detail and precision. I applaud your work! Thanks for sharing the how-to. – Kristen

  21. Pui says:

    I can’t thank you enough for your bike tutorial. It is so helpful! Your work is amazing. So talented. It has really helped me and given me ideas to make a bike for a wedding cake. Bless you. Keep up the wonderful work.

  22. kibbi says:

    Love the bicycle! I’m excited to try incorporating one into a cake design. Great job and thanks for the tutorial.

  23. Cynthia says:

    thank you for this tutorial I have to do a motor bike and now I know where to start after seeing yours I feel happier about doing mine x

  24. Ruth says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial it’s really great :-)

  25. Carole Venecourt says:

    Thank you for sharing! You make it look so easy.

  26. Fanar Al Radi says:

    really amazing work

  27. the cake pixie says:

    Thank you so much really help full tips never thought of
    using melts as a stronger glue durr!

    • Michelle says:

      You are so welcome! I know what you mean about the melts. I used to always use other things that took forever to dry but once I figured out that I could use the melts it made it so much easier to construct 3 dimensional items. Good luck on your cake endeavors!

  28. Rosa M says:

    Thankyou very much! I need it!

  29. Joanna says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Very helpful!!!

  30. Laura says:

    I am in awe. That is just amazing!

  31. Thank you for posting this tutorial. It is one of those cake things where I would have no clue where to start – really helpful! Thank you very much. x

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