Sculpted Cakes
Yes, there's a secret hiding inside this cat cake. Instead of baking a traditional cake and covering it in fondant, there are crispy, crunchy rice cereal treats inside. Using these as a base provides structure and strength, allowing you to really give this cute critter a pop of personality. Serve him up at your next birthday party and guests will be purring with delight.
Rachael Teufel
Rachael Teufel
Learn how to make a smaller (but still awesome) version of James' Succulent Wedding Cake. Gold accents, gum paste succulents and eye-catching colors make this cake shine brighter than the rest.
JJR’s Gothic Cake looks magnificent in crimson and gold. Work with royal icing and practice your piping skills. Then learn to color royal icing in shimmering gold.
Release a Choctopus of your own! With eight tentacles, it's more modestly sized to fit in your kitchen. You'll need lots of modeling chocolate, but no copper piping (and no glue gun… remember the glue gun?).
Finish up with a mashup of the Crying Onion and Mini Monster Cake! Sculpt and decorate a monster of your own with fur-like buttercream and fondant limbs and horns.
Get started with an approachable version of JJR's Agate Geode Cake. Learn how to cut the geode, properly cover it and add finishing details, including gold, of course!
Joshua John Russell, award-winning cake designer and star of our Man About Cake (MAC) series, creates five cakes inspired by his most popular designs. These smaller scale, beginner-friendly cakes are just as impressive as the originals, and achievable for any home baker.
Joshua John Russell
Joshua John Russell
Every Easter spread needs a centerpiece, and this is a strong contender for the most beautiful option. It's a gravity-defying, 3D egg cake decked out with hand-painted details and metallic accents that pays homage to the fine jeweled Fabergé eggs created in St. Petersburg. Make it this year and everyone at your holiday celebration will be wowed.
Katrien Van Zyl
No, that's not an actual amethyst on a cake. But it sure looks like one, right?! With some food color, rock candy and modeling tools, cake artist Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design and instructor of Bluprint classes including Show-Stopping Pour-Through Cakes, says it's totally possible to create a gorgeous and lifelike geode cake that's more like a work of art than something you'd eat. All you need are her tips and tutorials before getting started.
Intricately sculpted cakes often have a surprise inside: rice cereal treats. Swapping traditional batter for these crispy treats provides structure and strength to modeled cakes that you just can't get with fondant and modeling chocolate alone. And the best part is, the method you use to sculpt the cake afterward isn't that different than when you sculpt a traditional batter-filled cake.
Wendy McGowan
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