June 26, 2013

Doc McStuffins Cake

Doc McStuffins Cake with gumpaste stethoscope wrapped around cake tier.

Photos showing how to sculpt an edible cake topper head using a candy lollipop.

Here is the cake I made for my daughters best friend with some photos on how I made the Doc McStuffins figurine using a Tootsie Pop.  She's decorated mostly out of gumpaste and her clothing is a mix of gumpaste and fondant.

Close up of gumpaste stethoscope for Doc McStuffins themed cake.

Fondant Doc McStuffins Cake Topper (front view)

Fondant Doc McStuffins Cake Topper (left side)

Fondant Doc McStuffins Cake Topper (right side)

I've been playing around with different ways to make faces and this has been my favorite technique thus far - I also used it on the Strawberry Shortcake Figurines I made a few weeks ago too.  Here are some step by step photos that I was able to capture....

Doc McStuffins Cake Topper made using Tootsie lollipop for the head.

I was digging through my pantry looking for something to use for the inside of Doc McStuffins head.  I've used Styrofoam balls before but kids, no matter how often you tell them not to bite into the head and that it's not edible, still manage to sneak in that bite.  I've also used rice crispy treats before but it was after midnight and I really didn't want to go through making a tiny batch just for the head.  So alas, I found this tootsie roll pop in our candy stash, and it was the perfect size!  Now the head is entirely edible except for the popsicle stick inside it - ha hah!

Step #1: Cover the Tootsie Roll Pop with fondant and sculpt it into a round ball.  Then, add the features - forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.

Step #2:  Cover the lollipop with a piece of skin-toned fondant, smooth out the seams along the back of the head (the hair will hide it) and sculpt in the features of the face.

Next Steps:  Define the nose, add the eyes, lips, and hair. Use a toothpick to paint on the freckles and dust the cheeks and eyelids with pink luster dust.

How to sculp facial features over a lollipop to use as an edible head on a character cake topper.

Note:  I like to use small sewing pins to hold up the fondant while it dries.  You can see one that I used with a yellow head for the bangs.  I also used 3 sewing pins to hold up the ruffles along the skirts bottom.  They work perfectly and only leave a tiny little pin hole behind.

Since this figurine needed to be 5 inches tall, I had to add another popsicle stick to the torso section.  I twisted the Tootsie Roll Lollipop stick around a longer popsicle stick and used white floral tape to keep it all held together and secure.  I then covered the entire mid-section with a piece of white gumpaste and built the clothing up over it.

How to assemble Doc McStuffins Cake Topper.

From this stage forward, I forgot to take more photos of the process but hopefully you can see what was done.

Doc McStuffins Cake Topper (closeup view)

We had cupcakes that I frosted with pink buttercream and I added a dash of glitter to make them sparkle.  I also made little pink fondant hearts and added them over some wafer cookies to look like Band-Aids.  The birthday girls mom setup the dessert table with little cups that held pink and white licorice candies that resembled pills and a glass canister that held large marshmallows to resemble cotton balls.  It was a super cute party!

Doc McStuffins Themed Dessert Table Setup

Close up of handmade gumpaste Stethoscope for doctor themed cake.
(photo courtesy of Tuan Le)

Doc McStuffins Dessert Table (Wafer Cookie Band Aids made with fondant)
(photo courtesy of Tuan Le)

Process of sculpting a character over a lollipop with gumpaste, start to finish.


  1. Woah! I love the idea of using a pop candy to make the head! Thank you so much for sharing. Am going to try it out soon.

  2. Brilliant idea to use the lollipop for the head! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Live this! How did you make her stand?

    1. There's a 6 inch popsicle stick where I wrapped about 2 inches of it around her torso and the remaining 4 inches was used to insert into the cake. One of her legs was built around the popsicle stick.

  4. Hello! I'm in love with this picture! I wanted to try this for my nephews upcoming birthday, Thanks for sharing :)

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