Corpse Bride

If every Halloween you tune into Tim Burton movies than this "Corpse Bride" inspired tutorial is the perfect dose of spooky and creepy! Give it a stab!

By Heather Baird

  • Gum paste tinted with Wilton sky blue gel food color and a dot of black
  • 2 white Sixlets candies
  • Pearl dust - blue, silver, white
  • Gel food coloring - black, pink, royal blue
  • Liquid food color - white
  • Artist's brush (fine tip)
  • Light corn syrup
  • Plastic pointed fondant tool/unused wood cuticle stick
  • 1/4 lb. of fondant - black or chocolate
  • White nonpareils
  • Blue velvet cake baked in 9x13 sheet
  • 1/2 lb. of fondant - red, white
  • 18-20 Sixlets - black pearls
  • 1 sheet of rice/wafer paper
  • Blue food coloring marker
  • 1/8 lb. white gum paste
  • Toothpicks
  • Paring knife
  • White flower/snowflake confetti quins

To make the head/face of the Corpse Bride:


  1. Start with a large gumball sized piece of the blue tinted gum paste.
  2. Pinch one end to a point to form a chin shape.
  3. Press the two white Sixlets candies into the paste about 1/3 of the way down from the rounded end.
  4. Turn the head to the side.
  5. Make a diagonal line across the side of the head from the top third downward to the chin with a paring knife.
  6. Cut the bottom piece away leaving a teardrop-shaped head. It should be about 2 1/2 inches from the forehead to the chin.
  7. Place the head cut-side down.
  8. Holding the fondant tool horizontally, (you could also use the handle of a small artists' brush); roll it between the eyeholes to create a slight slope for the nose.
  9. Press the fondant tool's end on either side of the nose slope just under the eyeholes to create a flat cheek area.


10. Push the pointed end of the fondant tool upward at the bottom of the nose slope
11. Make two tiny nose holes in an upside down "v" shape with the pointed end of the tool.
12. Just below the nose, delineate the mouth with the pointed end of the fondant tool. Use the blue pearl luster powder and a dry artist's brush to shade the eyeholes.
13. Replace the eye. Add a dot of corn syrup to each candy before pressing them in if they do not want to adhere naturally. Shade the sides of the head with the blue pearl dust. Delineate eyebrow lines on the forehead with pointed end of the fondant tool.
14. Using the fine-tipped artists' brush, paint one small dot on each of the Sixlets candies. Allow them to dry for 5-10 minutes.
15. Shade above each eye with the blue pearl dust. Shade all the way up to the eyebrow lines. 
16. Paint on the eyebrows using black gel food color and a fine-tipped artists' brush.
17. Lightly "sketch" lips around the mouth line using the pointed end of the fondant tool. 
18. Paint the lips using a small artists' brush and pink gel food color mixed with a drop of white liquid food color. Allow head to stand until dry.

To make the torso of the Corpse Bride and more - go to the complete tutorial at SprinkleBakes.com.

Happy Halloween!


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