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Baby Bear Cake

with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Easy
HD Lessons: 10
Decorating time: 1 day
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1. Carving the cake

Paul gets straight to it and shows us how to quickly and easily form the head of our teddy bear. By the end of the lesson you’ll see just how easy it to create almost any cute animal head.

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2. Ganaching the cake

Here Paul ganaches the cake with yummy dark chocolate ganache. If you’d like to see how he made the ganache watch this video. All you need to do is slap it on quite liberally and make nice big smooth motions with your palette knife and then go over it all with a hot, clean palette knife followed by a pastry brush.

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3. Covering the cake

In this lesson Paul builds up the ears with some brown sugarpaste, attaching it with edible glue – but you can always use spare cake to do this. He then adds a muzzle and covers the whole thing in 4mm thick rolled out white sugarpaste, which he massages into place. Paul shows us two different ways to deal with pleats, to give you the option based on your skill level.

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4. Adding detail

Here Paul adds a cute little nose and eyes, and then goes on to show us how to create fur-like texture using a mixture of tools, including PME modelling tools and sugar shapers.

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5. Airbrushing the cake

Here Paul builds up the colours using a mixture of browns and yellows and gets the base layer done, before moving onto the darker colours to bring out the detail.

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6. Airbrushing pt 2

In this lesson Paul begins to add more definition and depth using darker colours and building up around the ears and mouth. By carefully focusing on certain areas you can really enhance the 3D feel which you see in practise in this lesson.

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7. Finishing touches

Here Paul finishes the airbrushing adding more colour to the muzzle by giving the bear rosy cheeks and a little more colour to the ears and so on. Paul then shows us how to cover the board in a lovely polka dot quilt using thinly rolled out sugarpaste.

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8. Other ideas

Here Paul shares some other ideas you can try your hand at when making this cake. We’re sure you have some of your own great ideas and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Please share your pics with us on our Facebook page.

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9. Pro lesson

In this lesson, Paul shares some insider information about the cost to make this cake, as well as pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

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10. Highlights

Here we have carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into on 8 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

Paul introduces us to his cute as a button Baby Bear Cake. This design is ideal for those who are looking to learn the art of carving and airbrushing. This cake is a lovely introduction to both, with simple but effective techniques to bring your cake to life. It's made of chocolate mud cake, covered in tasty ganache and covered with sugarpaste - delicious!
This cake is perfect for children and an animal lovers... or should that be a teddy bear admirers? The only challenge is - who'd have the heart to cut it?  In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create your own template, carve and cover a cake, work with ganache, build up shape and airbrush work. With the skills learned you will be able to create almost any animal you like and the design can be adapted to suit any occasion. This cake is perfect for those looking to progress from beginner to intermediate, and would make a fantastic addition to your cake resume.

We'd love to see your take on the Baby Bear Cake  - so share your snaps with us on our Facebook page!

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 185,000+ students.  

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