A Fine Mess

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Skill Level: Easy
HD Lessons: 9
Decoration Time: half day

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Downloadable tools and ingredients list

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  • 50g brown
  • 90g yellow
  • 100g blue
  • 120g flesh tone
  • 20g light brown
  • 205g dark brown

Paints and Dusts

  • Liquid food colour – chocolate brown
  • Pink dust food colour


  • CMC
  • Spaghetti
  • Vegetable fat
  • Edible glue
  • Corn Flower
  • Wooden Skewers



  • Sharp cutting knife


  • Sable brush size 0000

Modelling Tools

  • PME modelling tools
  • Ball tool

Cakey Tools

  • Rolling pin
  • 2.5cm Circle cutter
  • 3cm Circle cutter

In this weeks cake tutorial, we are joined by best selling author Maisie Parrish (the queen of characters). Maisie has come along to show us how to make an adorable little boy who seems to have got himself into a bit of a mess, as little boys have been known to do!!!(and even some bigger boys as well)

This tutorial will give you great insight in how to create different sugar characters in your own unique style and the design is perfect as a topper for a birthday cake. However, the skills learned in this cake tutorial can be adapted for all different types of occasion.

Follow this cake tutorial with Maisie to pick up some new skills and techniques which include:

  • How to make edible clothes,
  • modelling work,
  • working with your hands
  • edible painting and much more.
  • Suggestions for other cakes and characters you can make using the basis of this tutorial

This tutorial is perfect for a beginner cake designer looking to expand their skills and move into modelling.

We'd love to see your take on the A Fine Mess - so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

You can also use our recently updated cake calculator to work out portions, ganache, sugarpaste and more.

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Maisie Parrish

Maisie Parrish

Maisie Parrish is a self taught international sugar artist, who has created a unique style which is instantly recognisable and much copied. People often tell her she has magic hands, and when she begins to work, then something magical does indeed happen.

Her work is widely acclaimed, and her fans travel across the world to be taught by her in her studio in Stoke on Trent, where she runs a successful business, teaching, demonstrating, writing books, and making DVD'S and tutorials in order to satisfy the demand from her dedicated followers.

Originally she taught herself how to make cute figures in salt dough, and eventually created the most successful dough craft company in the UK called Maisie Dough. A high point came when she completed two books on this subject, and was asked to create a range for the animation giant Walt Disney in Florida, nothing she did or does ever starts out as a hobby.

After being invited to try her hand at creating three dimensional figures in sugar, and the rest is history. People find it difficult to believe that she has never actually baked cakes for anyone, this was never in the scheme of things, because all the work she creates is published. Now with 12 successful book titles, and an amazing catalogue of work, she continues to travel the world making friends and sharing her unique modelling skills. Most of her cakes tell a story, and so the story for the QUEEN OF CHARACTERS continues with great success.

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Golden Tier award
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