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Gumpaste Augustus Gloop Figurine Tutorial

Augustus Glooping: The act of submerging one’s entire body in chocolate. In the case of gingerbread houses, which are often displayed for a while, chocolate royal icing works better than real chocolate for rendering a chocolate-dipped effect. The advantage to the icing is … Continue reading

How to Make a Pig Cake

3D Pig Cake Tutorial

The challenge of the creature cake involves striking a balance between realistic and yummy. Here, modeling chocolate combined with fondant makes piggish features possible while yumminess is conveyed in a chocolate buttercream mud puddle, splashes of dark chocolate glaze, truffles, malt balls, … Continue reading

Chocolate Bow & Ribbon Tutorial

Modeling Chocolate Bow and Ribbon Tutorial

The classic present cake is appropriate for almost any occasion. Modeling chocolate is particularly well suited for forming fine bows because it can be rolled so thin. The trick to a full-looking bow is to cut wider strips for the loops … Continue reading

Zoo Animal Cupcakes

Baby Zoo Animal Cupcakes

Here, rolled modeling chocolate is combined with both buttercream frosting and piped chocolate to make doe-eyed zoo animal cupcakes. Note that where fondant may be used for these designs, modeling chocolate is much better suited for popping in the mouth. I like to make filled cupcakes. With … 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

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