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Character Modeling with Sugar Paste

A course by Carlos Lischetti
Pastry Chef . Barcelona, Spain.
Joined April 2018
, Pastry Chef

Learn the basic techniques of sugar art to sculpt figures filled with expressiveness and movement

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (663)
  • 19826 students

Learn the basic techniques of sugar art to sculpt figures filled with expressiveness and movement

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (663)
  • 19826 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 23m)
  • 16 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Have you ever seen a stunning work of art that's also edible? Now you can make your own by exploring the endless possibilities of sugarcraft. For pastry chef Carlos Lischetti, sugar paste is his material of choice because it allows him to sculpt figures with exquisite detail. He can change the look of a cake and brighten up the atmosphere around it by simply adding a smile to his characters.

In this course, learn the basic techniques to sculpt sugar paste and turn your ideas into tasty creations. Discover the materials and tools for working with sugar paste and model animation-style figures step by step using geometric shapes and 3D details.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. From sketch to 3D modeling
  • U3
    U3. Modeling of one of our characters
  • U4
    U4. Giving character to our characters
  • U5
    U5. Securing and presenting our pieces
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Carlos Lischetti opens the course by explaining how he was fortunate to discover his passion for pastry making at a young age. He also talks about his career in cake design and shares his main sources of inspiration to give you some ideas for your project.

Search for references to help you define the style of your sugar art figure. Carlos then shows how he creates a sketch, template, and color scheme for his work and walks you through his character-modeling process using a template with the front and side views.

Now that you've worked up an appetite, get ready to sculpt your project. Start from the bottom and move upwards modeling the shoes and legs, the torso, neck, and head, and finally the arms and hands. Then, learn how to create hair and vertically assemble your figure to put on the finishing touches.

Now it's time to sweeten your design and give it a touch of personality. Learn how to add objects, place your character's legs in different positions, play with facial expression, and explore alternatives for hands and hair.

Finally, Carlos teaches you how to cover a polystyrene stand with sugar paste and secure your character to it, which is especially important for those standing upright. As a cherry on top, he also shows you another way to present them directly on the cake as well as how to protect your figures while transporting them to their final destination.

What is this course's project?

Model a full-body caricature-style figure while experimenting with different facial expressions and body postures to simulate motion.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn how to model figures using sugar paste, regardless of age or experience. This course is also perfect for any artisan who sculpts and models with inedible materials, like polymer or cold porcelain clay, and is interested in branching out to this technique.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed for this course, just come ready to experiment at home while following along with your teacher.

As for materials, you need CMC, vegetable fat, cornstarch, a silicone mat, gel food coloring, and wooden sticks.


19826 Students
663 Reviews
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Carlos Lischetti

A course by Carlos Lischetti

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Pastry Chef

As a child, Carlos Lischetti loved baking and decorating cakes. This childhood passion inspired him to take courses with industry professionals in Argentina and Europe, which he continues to do to keep up with new techniques and stay motivated. In the world of sugarcraft, Lischetti has developed his own unmistakable style thanks to the sketches of his twin brother Elio, which he uses to design his sugar paste figures.

Throughout his career, he has had several of his projects featured in the magazine Cakes and Sugarcraft, and has written two books: Animación en azúcar and Animación en azúcar 2, published by B. Dutton Publishing in London. He currently travels the world teaching his modeling techniques and sharing his sweet experiences in sugarcraft.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • Presentation
  • U2

    From sketch to 3D modeling

    • How to model basic shapes
    • Modeling paste: preservation and color
    • Materials and tools
    • Sketch: Search for Visual References
  • U3

    Modeling of one of our characters

    • Legs and slippers modeling
    • Torso and neck shaping
    • Head modeling 1
    • Head modeling 2
    • Arm and hand modeling
    • How to make the hair and assemble the figure in a vertical position 1
    • How to make the hair and assemble the figure in a vertical position 2
  • U4

    Giving character to our characters

    • Hands and different hair alternatives
    • Facial expressions: open mouth
    • Cross leg modeling
    • Adding objects: guitar
  • U5

    Securing and presenting our pieces

    • Characters on the cake and transfer
    • How to cover a styrofoam base and secure the characters
  • FP

    Final project

    • Character modeling with sugar paste

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Character Modeling with Sugar Paste. Craft, and Design course by Carlos Lischetti Best seller

Character Modeling with Sugar Paste

A course by Carlos Lischetti
Pastry Chef . Barcelona, Spain.
Joined April 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (663)
  • 19826 students