Create three awe-inspiring cakes with simple tools and materials. Plus, learn an array of inspiring techniques you can use in any design.
Get inspired by Kristen Erich, a passionate cake designer who will guide you through the creation of three unforgettable cakes. Start with learning how to emboss fondant on a one-tier cake and paint it with luster dust for an antique finish. Then Kristen shows how to pipe bead and rope borders.
Put the finishing touch on your antique cake: a beautiful gum paste magnolia. Kristen teaches you how to form different-sized petals and the textural flower center with realistic details. In addition, you'll learn how to assemble the magnolia, which provides the perfect topper.
Get started on the second cake by making a tiny ballerina plaque. Kristen demonstrates how to trace a picture onto fondant and paint it with shortening and petal dust for a beautiful translucent look. You'll also learn the pinch-pull-wrap method of making roses by hand for the plaque's border.
Complete the tiny ballerina cake with beautiful swags and drapes on the bottom tier and a unique crackle finish for the top tier. Kristen shows you how to attach and arrange the swags and create depth in the draping. Then learn to pipe a bead border around the top of the tiers.
Begin your third cake by creating its decorative elements. Kristen shows you how to create a delicate rose, a tropical plumeria and simple sparkling coral. The flowers and coral will add dramatic texture to this ocean-inspired cake. The uses for the techniques you'll learn are limitless!
Ahoy! There's more sea-themed elements ahead for the Endless Summer cake. Kristen shows you how to add a gilded fisherman's net on the bottom tier. Then get out the corn syrup -- the crackled effect from Lesson 4 is perfect for a sea-foam tier. Plus, learn how to make and break sugar sea glass.
Complete your three-tiered ocean voyage. Learn how to create waves with royal icing to finish off the bottom tier. Then use all that sparkling sea glass to encrust the top tier for a stunning, textured look. Finally, place the flower and coral embellishments as you finish your third cake!