Useful Cake Construction Tools

Cake Construction Tools

Here is a list of some of my favorite tools for professional cake baking, filling, torting, carving, building, assembling and construction. Cake Pans The best kind of cake pan is deep enough that it can be used both for baking … Continue reading

How to Make Fish Cake

Koi Fish Cake Tutorial

This alternative wedding cake is finished in rolled modeling chocolate and piped chocolate. It was for a couple whose reception took place in Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Gardens, which has a zen rock garden and koi pond full of plump, spotted fish. The groom asked … Continue reading

How To Make a Ship Cake

Here in San Diego, California, there is Camp Pendleton, the Coronado Naval Base, and the Mirimar Marine Air Corps Station all with cake-delivery distance, so here is another naval ship finished in modeling chocolate. The trick to rendering something in cake that … Continue reading

Cake Sculpting with Rice Treats and PVC

This tutorial demonstrates how to sculpt 3D cake elements out of PVC pipe, rice treats, and modeling chocolate. This cactus, jalapeño pepper, sleeping Mexican cake was 100% the vision of a a client. The cakes are all finished in modeling chocolate. … Continue reading

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get my recipe for a rich, not-too-sweet dark chocolate glaze that pours and sets well. It maintains its shiny luster due to the inclusion of oil. Here are some photos of … Continue reading

Booty Cake Tutorial

Booty Cake Tutorial

I made this 3D sculpted booty cake with camouflage boy shorts for a 24th birthday celebration. Here’s how I did it. How to Form Butt Cheeks for a Booty Cake To form a 3D booty cake, begin with two half-sphere cakes. I used 8-inch … Continue reading

How to Fill Layer Cakes in the Pan

Layer Cake Filling in the Pan

This is a lengthy multi-video tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to fill and freeze layer cakes within the baking pan, a professional bakery method for the torting phase of assembly. To best understand this concept, I recommend watching the … Continue reading

How to Release a Layer Cake from a Pan

Layer Cake Filling in the Pan

NOTE: This is just a small slice of a much larger information pie. Follow this link to access an updated, comprehensive version of this video tutorial: How to Fill Layer Cakes in the Pan VIDEO: How to Depan a Filled Cake … Continue reading

How to Make a Hamburger Cake

Hamburger Cake Tutorial

The illusion of the hamburger cake or cheeseburger cake is that it causes people to salivate for a juicy grilled beef patty that turns out to be nutty chocolate cake. I used chocolate buttercream and modeling chocolate with a little fondant for … Continue reading

How to Store Piping Tips

Both at home and in a commercial kitchen, it’s hard to keep piping and decorating tips in order. Spool hangers work well. These handy hangers double both as a drying rack and viewable storage for your many tips and couplers. I highly … Continue reading