Making The Croods’ “Sandy Cake”


Hello all!!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend :) It’s been a while since I’ve written. So I wanted to go ahead and share with you some pics from “The Making of Sandy Cake”. I hope you find it helpful.

Sandy was created for “The Croods” company toast. As you know I work for DreamWorks, but all my cakes are fully commissioned by them and are NOT done for free. I am blessed to have the opportunity to have been selected to create these cakes for these events, it’s so much fun!

Sandy was created just like the Elf was!

As always all cakes should be thought about before your start. 3D cakes are specially important to take the time and plan it out. If you don’t you will waste time, materials, money and very much-needed energy.

Whenever I make a cake specially one of this scale I always pray. I ask God to give me wisdom, patience, energy and understanding. That he may work through me to create something beautiful that will bless each and every single person that comes in contact with the cake.

I have a few pictures I would like to share with you of the process of how she was created.

Because I work mostly alone I have to really think about the most cost/time effective way of making a cake. For Sandy it made sense to make her dress the cake. Simply because her dress is the easiest to make and it will be the perfect amount of servings that they requested. Plus who would want to cut her face and eat it anyway?? :)

This worked out great as I was able to start sculpting her face and upper body a few days in advance.

Because her head was not going to be eaten I started with a styrofoam core. I then added RKT’s (rice krispies treats), and then came the modeling chocolate.

As mentioned in previous posts I always sculpt with chocolate first, then I cover the chocolate with a sheet of fondant that has been tinted to match the skin.

The reason for this is because chocolate doesn’t dry as fast and adding the fondant on top allows for a smooth surface. As you can see on the picture above the fondant has a few dents. In order to smooth this out I use a large brush and shortening. That gets it pretty smooth. Be sure to work fast during this part.

The cake flavor was chocolate caramel. The cakes were stacked for her dress. Below you can see the pipes were covered with modeling chocolate before the cakes were layered.

FernandaAbarcaSandyTutorial20Once all the cakes were stacked she was completely ganached and ready for her fondant dress!


The board she was standing on was covered in fondant and airbrushed to match the flowers.


Details were added with a fine tip brush and airbrush colors. Dirt was added to her by brushing cocoa powder on her feet, elbows, forehead and arms.

And 50 hours, 30 lbs of fondant, 7 lbs of modeling chocolate, 4 lbs of buttercream, 5 lbs of ganache, and over 2000 grams of RKTs later, Sandy was complete and ready for the party!

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She weighed about 60 lbs and delivered beautifully without any accidents due to her wonderful sturdy rig (huge props to my Hubby!).  During the party she spent about 45 minutes under direct sun. She didn’t sweat a bit,( I sweated  A LOT.. lol..) and a few of the cupcakes (buttercream) suffered.  The catering staff wished they listened to my warning and now know for next time!FernandaAbarcaCroodsCakeSandy4

I really hope  this was helpful to you. Please post below any questions or comments. I would love to know your thoughts.

It was an honor to work on this cake and to be able to meet so many of you wonderful people through the shares this cake received. Thank you for your patience and your continued support through my crazy journey of Animation and Cake Art.

Always try making everything your heart desires and don’t be scared. When you fail, keep trying. The world of art and creating is super hard. Practice, do your best,  and you may just surprise yourself. Be patient, love your work, and know I will try my hardest to help you if you ever need me.


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24





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