Army Helicopter Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Army Helicopter
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Advanced Cake Decorating | CakeFlix - Skill Level Courses
HD Lessons: 23
Decorating time: 2 days
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Bite Sized

Watch Paul make his helicopter cake in just one minute!

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Some carefully picked clips from the full tutorial made into one 12 minute video.

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1. Explaining the design

Paul goes over the method to the madness behind creating a template for the design. In this lesson you will learn how to scale up a design template to the correct proportions for your cake.

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2. Building the internal structure

Now that the template is ready, Paul shows you how to bring the template design to life by building a solid internal structure to keep your helicopter cake in place!

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3. Making it food safe

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to make the internal structure food safe – a very important part that should not be missed especially when selling your cakes.

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4. Carving the cake

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to add the cake to the structure then how to carve it into the shape of your helicopter using picture examples of real life helicopters.

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5. Carving part 2

Now we begin to carve some of the more finer details.

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6. Ganaching

Now it’s time to cover the cake in ganache, Paul shows you how to apply the ganache to get a nice smooth finish.

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7. Covering the cake

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to cover all the nooks and crannies of the cake for a smooth finish with nice sharp edges.

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8. Marking the details

It’s time to start outlining all the features of the helicopter such as the nuts, bolts and windows!

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9. Making the wings

Paul uses a very simple method to create the wings using card and sugarpaste/fondant. 

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10. Adding the wings

Now that the wings have been made, it’s time to cut out and the the little rocket parts before attaching them to the cake.

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11. Finishing the wings

Paul finishes off the wings with some more sugarpaste/fondant features.

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12. Adding more detail

In this lesson you will learn how to make more shapes and features from sugarpaste to add to the helicopter.

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13. Airbrushing

In this lesson, Paul teaches you how to use an airbrush to create a beautiful green two-toned effect.

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14. Creating the propeller

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to make an amazing DIY propeller.

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15. Making the motor

Now the tricky bit, so remember patience is key! Paul shows you how to wire up your battery to the fan. Check the tools and ingredients list for a link to buy the parts needed.

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16. Lesson 16 Making the wheels

Paul shows you how to make great little quick and effective wheels!

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17. Icing the board

Paul shows you how to cover and blend the board with a smooth finish.

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18. Repairing the wheels

Oops! Looks like our helicopter is in need of some repairs!

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19. Finishing touches

Paul adds some more finishing touches to bring the helicopter to life and we find out if the propeller will work or not!

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20. Other Ideas

Paul shares some other ideas for you to use on your own cakes.

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21. PRO Lesson

In this lesson, Paul gives you some insider info on pricing and selling a magnificent cake like this.

Army Helicopter Cake Tutorial

In this tutorial, multi-award winning Paul Bradford shows you how to make this magnificent helicopter cake complete with a battery operated propeller! You don’t want to miss this one!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Build a gravity defying structure
  • Carving a cake to a template
  • Installing an internal electric motor
  • Airbrushing
  • and much, much more!

Don’t forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and the rest of the CakeFlix community on our Facebook group.

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