September 07, 2014

1/12 tutorial: Banana cream pie with dulce de leche :)

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As requested here it is: banana cream pie tutorial =)

If you read the post about "Air dry clay: the basics" then you're ready to have fun making this little cute cake.

Let's get started!


- Air dry clay: fimo light in white (or any other air dry clay you have but it has to be white)
- Acrylic paint: yellow ochre, white, burnt umber, orange, lemon yellow (and if you have somewhere acrylics from Americana bring "Taffy cream")
- 3D gloss super heavy gel (you're going to find this sooo useful!)
- Brushes
- Water container
- Paper napkins
- Baby wipes
- Tools to work with the clay: toothbrush, needle tool, razor blade, dotting tool/s
- PVA glue
- Miniature ceramic plate or a paper plate/doilie
- Palette for mixing the colors
- Tweezers

Optional materials:  - cake decorating tip -very small star tip- and small piece of plastic bag
                                 - 1 inch rounded cookie cutter (or any other rounded bottle cup this size)
                                 - High gloss varnish


In this recipe you're going to learn how to achieve realistic effects using a combination of artistic mediums and how to handle air dry clay. Have fun!!!


Doesn't it look yummy? grab a cup of tea and get ready to make yours!


Pie crust

There're 2 ways of doing it:
 1- mix yellow of Naples watercolor to the clay or,
 2- mix  a bit of lemon yellow and yellow ochre

This is how it should look like

This picture shows you what you can use as a cookie cutter if you don't have one :) we improvise!

And in order to keep the size, I use a paper doilie (or ceramic plate if you have one by hand)

We cut a circle, the height of the crust has to be around 0,3 cm more or less so as to be scaled.

Use a dotting tool, or your fingers to lift up a bit the edges

With the dotting tool do the edges by pressing lightly and texture using the toothbrush

And here's the pie crust so far!

Use a pic of a real banana cream pie -I did- so as to have the real look of it, your mini pie is going to be looking more real when it shows i
mperfections. Food is not perfect at all!

 The painting stage

Mix yellow ochre, lemon yellow (and if you have taffy cream by americana that'd be a plus)
until you have a nice "custard" color. This will be the golden crust of the pie.

Here I'm showing you how it's looking so far :)

Let the crust dry before moving to the filling.

Dulce de leche filling

We're going to mix the "dulce de leche" (or Pampa jam, which is traditional from my homecountry)
Mix ochre, orange, a touch of white and taffy cream and tiny bit of burnt umber untl you have this bright shade of brown.
Add 3D deco gel as I'm sowing here.

Filling the pie with dulce de leche! yum xD

This 3D deco gel doesn't change the colors, and it allows you to play a bit with the "peaks".
Let it dry a bit before next stage.

The cream

Grab a piece of air dry clay and put it into the cake decorating tip.
Put a piece of plastic bag and with the back of a brush push.

Here it comes, a very nice whipped cream!


Once you have all the whipped cream, put a bit of  PVA  glue on top of the dulce de leche and from the outside to the inside and up arrange your cream.
Look at the pic, it's more clear that putting it in words ;p

Yay! almost done! 

What we do now is adding some white acrylic paint to the cream for the extra look.

The banana slices

I don't like doing canes so we're going to achieve a similar effect here by rolling a bit of "raw crust" color -the mix from the beggining- as shown in the picture.

Once the cilinder is dried, cut slices -carefully- and push them down a bit with your finger if needed.


Now let's color the slices, use yellow ochre and burnt amber for the banana seeds.

You may have to hold them with the tweezers, the slices are very tiny.

Glue the slices to the cake and voila! we're done!!!

Hope you find this tutorial useful my friends, if you try it please let me know! I'd like to see how your banana cream pies look like!

Hugs ***


  1. Wow, Ann! You really outdid yourself, both with the banana cream pie AND the tutorial! My mouth is watering looking at that scrumptious pie!!! And with your great instructions, I feel like I could try to make it. Thank you very much--yum yum! xo Jennifer

    1. Jenn hello!
      You're very welcome! give it a try and let me know how it was :)
      I tried to be as clear as possible, I believe pics show it better so many pics for my tutorials!!

      Have a slice and let me invite you a cup of tea ;)

      Hugs sweety! ***

  2. Hi! The banana cream pie looks so delicious! And your tutorial is wonderful, thanks for sharing!

    1. Kikka you're welcome :) and thank you for your lovely words :)

      Hugs darling! ****

  3. Thanks so much, Ann! This is a great tutorial and the pie looks so delicious. I can't want to try this for myself. I may even have some a few of the necessary items for this recipe that "someone" gifted me :-)
    Have a great week,

    1. Lisa you're welcome :)
      And yea, you have many of the tools I used to do this cake, hope you try it!!

      Have a great week you too!!
      Hugs ***


  4. Thanks for this interesting tutorial.

  5. Hola Angelina, me encanta tu blog, tus miniaturas y tu forma de explicarlas, muchas gracias por todo ello. Un abrazo.

    1. Holaaa!!!
      Pero que encantadora sos Esther! a mi me encanta tu trabajo y tu blog! suelo visitarlo!

      Gracias por tus palabras, me alegra mucho poder compartir un poquito de lo que aprendo a traves de ensayo y error como todo en la vida.


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    1. Por nada Carmen!
      Espero que te sea de ayuda o que haga que el bichito creativo te pique :)


  7. Thank you very much for this stunning tutorial... although I gained two pounds on the hips just looking at this delicious pie! *LOL* The most stunning thing for me was the how-to of the whipped cream - I would not have thought of using those real cake thingies.


    1. You're very welcome Birgit!

      LOL I know what you mean with gaining weight only cos of looking! I don't have the sweet toot but I admit that when making cakes after a while I kind of want to have a slice of cake with my tea!!

      There are many ways of making the whipped cream and using the cake deco tip is one :) if you'd like to see another one, check my tutorial about doughnuts and hot chocolate :)

      Hugs ****

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    1. Gracias bonita!! espero que te sea util :)

      Abrazo ***

  9. WOW, you are a master in baking pies, Ann :D! Now I know that I really have to find that brand of Fimo clay ;)! Yummy, delicious pie!!! Yes, I would love to drink a cup of tea with you and I also would like to have a piece of this delicious banana pie :D!
    Hugs, ilona

    1. Awwww thank you Ilona!

      This brand is sold at many places, and once you use it the result is really good :).

      Hugs sweety!!!

  10. Ay, ¡que bonito se ve! Eres muy, muy creativa!!!

    1. Changuita muchas gracias! :) espero que mi tutorial te sea util!


  11. Que belo presente, Ann! Muito obrigada por compartilhar o tutorial. ;)

    1. Eliana!! hola!
      Muchas gracias! comparto lo que voy aprendiendo a lo largo del camino :)


  12. A wonderful tutorial! And now I am drooling for some bananna cream pie, it looks so delicious.

    1. LOL, I know the feeling ... while i was doing it I was like "ok, maybe i could get what i need to do a real one ..."
      Thanks for looking Jane!

      Hugs darling!

  13. THANK YOU for this wonderful tutorial. The banana pie looks delicious! If I'll be able to fine the 3D jel here I'll certainly try to make it. Meanwhile, I'm going to use your recipe to make a real life banana pie with dulce de leche and cream.
    Hugs, Drora

    1. Drora! hi darling :)
      The 3D gel is pure magic, it gives the illusion of real cream ...
      So real life banana cream pie? I'd loove seeing pictures!! YUM!!


  14. Great pie! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Me encanta! Gracias por el tutorial, en cuanto tenga un rato seguro que lo hago:)
    Hugs, Candy:)

  16. Thanks for the tutorial! Great pie! Hugs Eeva

  17. Hi Ann! I am sorry that I missed this tutorial at the time you posted it, but I am very happy to be seeing it now. I have 3D gel and I have used it in many ways but I have not tried a Banana Creme Pie with banana slices, before. Yours is so rich looking and is Beautifully presented.


  18. Thank you very much. I have a massage cream to work faster then it would be good.