Autumn Grace Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Autumn Grace
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Easy
HD Lessons: 15
Decorating time: 2 Days
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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into a 10 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Making the Calla lily Centres

Paul gets his thinking cap on and comes up with a way a quicker way to make the centre that requires much less preparation and will allow them to pushed straight into the cake.

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2. Making the Calla Lilies

Now that the centres have dried Paul now makes the flowers up and has a very clever idea to make sure the petals set in the most natural way possible.

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3. Ganaching the cakes

Paul shows us how to ganache the 8” round red velvet cake with yummy white chocolate ganache.

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4. Covering the cakes

Paul has decided to add a layer of dark chocolate ganache around the red velvet cake as the white chocolate wasn’t filling him with confidence. Now that the dark chocolate has helped it set, it’s time to cover it.

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5. Stacking the bottom cakes

Paul shows us how to stack and support the bottom tiers which are the foundation for the entire cake, whilst making sure it’s all level. If this isn’t done properly there will most certainly be a disaster.

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6. Making the panelled frills

Paul gets busy cutting and painting the panelled frills that will later be added to the cake. Paul figures he needs around 70 made to cover the bottom two tiers.

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7. Airbrushing and adding the perils

Paul now adds the panels and using some piping gel and then goes onto airbrush them. Then it’s time to add the perils to see the bottom tiers come to life.

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8. Adding the chocolate ribbon and bow

In this lesson, Paul makes the ribbon from chocolate sugarpaste to decorate the second tier.

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9. Making the lace and dusting

Paul gets out the serenity cake lace mat along with some pearlised white cake lace mixture and fills in the mat while the oven heats up. You can let them air dry but this can take up to 4 hours.

Then it’s onto dusting the calla lilies with wonderful light tones.

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10. Adding the lace/ painting the cakes

Now that the lace has had time to cool down it’s time to cut it to size and add it to the cake. If you want to set the cake lace without the use of an oven, you let it sit at room temperature for 4 hours. Paul gets out some lovely dusts and alcohol and uses various brushes to create different textures.

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11. Adding the flowers to the bowl

In this lesson, Paul arranges the flowers in the bowl after leaving them to dry overnight.  Paul initially uses a ball of brown sugarpaste to hold them in place but later changes it for ivory sugarpaste.

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12. Finishing touches

Paul now stacks the cake and then arranges the rest of the flowers on the top tier to finish it all off.

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13. Other Ideas

Paul shares some other ideas you can try out during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own, and we’d love to see what brilliant alterations you’ve made.

Share your pics with us on our Facebook page.

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14. Pro lesson

In this lesson, Paul shares some insider information about the cost of make this cake. He also discusses pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

The perfect autumn wedding cake…

In this tutorial, we learn how to make an autumn wedding cake. Paul made this stunning six-tier piece for a friends October wedding & we feel the colours really compliment the season.

Follow this  tutorial with Paul  to pick up some new skills and techniques which include:

  • Creating sharp edges
  • Stacking a tall cake
  • Making edible flowers
  • Edible dust work
  • Working with cake lace
  • Creating unique textures

And much more.

This tutorial is perfect for an advanced cake designer looking to try something new.

Make sure you check out our new online magazine Cake Life for hints, tips and news from the world of cake!

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 195,000+ students.  
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