Atlantis Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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with Michelle Smith
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 12
Decorating time: 8 hours over 2 half days
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Highlights of our Atlantis cake tutorial.

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1. Covering the lid

In this lesson, Michelle will talk you through how to achieve the amazing coral covering technique. A technique that once learned is easy, straightforward and a good skill to have in your cake decorating catalogue.

Michelle then covers the board with the cake already secured. To see how to cover a secured round tier click HERE.


NOTE: If using cake (Michelle uses dummy) then you need to use a central dowel plus support dowels. For more on stacking cakes click HERE.

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2. Covering the side

Using the same the same technique as lesson 1 but on a much grander scale, Michelle now covers the side of the cake. Some new techniques here too, which gives that definite under the ocean feel.


NOTE: For more on creating a marble effect click HERE.


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3. Texturising the side

This design is all about the detail. Learn how to create amazing undersea textures as Michelle uses decorations, simple tools and stenciling to create an excellent finish.


NOTE: To see how to cover a round board click HERE.

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4. Stenciling Part 1

In this lesson, Michelle discusses how to cover and stack the bottom tiers, before going on to stencil the marbled cake to great effect.


NOTE: For help covering, stacking and ganaching a double-barrelled cake click HERE.

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5. Painting the trim

Time to start matching up the colours and what better way than adding a thin painted strip to the trim of tiers 1 and 3. Very simple, but very effective.

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6. Stenciling Part 2

This is the tricky part; getting the stencil pattern to match up. However, having done this hundreds of times before, Michelle talks us through her tried and tested method and the results are there for all to see.

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7. Adding the scrunch ruffle decoration

Michelle now shows a cool technique in making the scrunch ruffle decorations. This might take a while so pour yourself a coffee or something stronger, but the end effect is worth the time and effort.

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8. Adding the coral ruffle flower

The cake is already looking amazing, but to finish it off Michelle continues the coral ruffle theme by adding a lovely decorative flower to the top tier.

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9. Finishing touches

It’s just a case now of painting the coral ruffle flower to give it that beautiful bronze, metallic look and adding the ribbon around the board.

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10. Other Ideas

Michelle shares with you some other ideas for this type of design.

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11. Pro lesson

Prices, costs and overheads for this design. Everything a professional cake decorator needs to know.

Learn how to make Atlantis – Our sea blue wedding cake with Michelle Smith

Create your very own sea blue wedding cake with our Atlantis tutorial from the incredible Michelle Smith. A simply stunning design full of beautiful techniques. The skills learned in this tutorial are sure to take your skills a tier higher!

In the following tutorial you will learn how to…

  • Textured coral fondant
  • Stencilling and metallic painting
  • Scrunch ruffles
  • Marble effect

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Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is the owner of Cake Craze, Newcastle, Australia. With a wealth of experience from running a busy cake shop, Michelle has also found time to be an International teacher/ instructor, International cake show judge, and cake show competitor. She also runs classes and has her own online store and products. Have a look for yourself at Cake Craze.
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