Baby Giraffe Bust Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Baby Giraffe Bust
with Dot Klerck
Skill level: Advanced Cake Decorating | CakeFlix - Skill Level Courses
HD Lessons: 15
Decorating time: 1.5 days
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Bite Sized

Watch Dot make her amazing Baby Giraffe cake in just one minute!

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Some hand-picked highlights from the full course.

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1. Board and Template making

Preparing your board for your cake is important for structure strength and creating easy templates helps you get the right shape and saves time.

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2. Carving the Cake

In this lesson, Dot shows you how to carve your giraffe head and neck shape. 

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3. Sealing the Cake with Chocolate

It’s very important to seal your cake for freshness and in this lesson Dot shows you how she uses chocolate to crumb coat and create a smooth and hard surface to sculpt on.

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4. Sculpting the Face

Dot uses modeling chocolate mixed with fondant to create the features of the baby giraffe. She shows you step by step on how to create realistic shapes and correct placing that all come together to create the features.

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5. Covering the cake with Fondant

Dot shows you how to cover your sculpted face and neck and create finer details on already sculpted features. 

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6. Creating the Eyes

Here Dot will add the eyeballs and create the eye lids that bring your baby giraffe to life. 

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7. Creating the Horns and Ears

Dot shows you how to create the two short horns on the head and how to create the big ears on each side.

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8. Painting the Giraffe

Dot shows you how to paint the giraffe patterns and face details using cocoa butter colours. Here she layers colours to create depth and realistic facial patterns.


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9. Covering the Board

Covering your board can really finish off your cake and create a backdrop to show off your cake. Here Dot shows you how to create a smooth finish around your cake on your base board.

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10. Creating the Bow and Dummy

Some cute details including a bow and Dummy (pacifier) help to clean up the edges between the board and cake and add interest and fun. Dot shows you how to create a bow and fun details.


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11. Finishing Touches

Dot will show you how to create a cute flower, make eyelashes and add the white in the eye to make this cute cake complete.

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12. Other Ideas

Here, Dot shares some other ideas that you can use for your own cake.

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13. PRO Lesson

Dot has some professional tips to take this design to a unique level.

Baby Giraffe Bust Cake Tutorial

In this tutorial Dot Klerck shows you how to create a realistic baby giraffe using cake, modeling chocolate and a simple structure that will take your caking to a new level. She also shows you how to paint with cocoa butter colours to layer and create realistic features with some different techniques that bring depth and texture to your colours.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Cut and carve cake
  • Create a simple structure
  • Model realistic giraffe face details
  • Paint with cocoa butter
  • 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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Dot Klerck

Dot Klerck

Dorothy Klerck, better known as Dot, is best known for her amazing life size sculpted animals. Her work is simply breathtaking and having created lifelike and life sized lions, giraffes and even elephants, no wonder her work has captured the imagination the world over. Dot lives in Wellington, West Cape, South Africa with her husband and family of two boys and two girls. Her international work takes her all over the world requiring her to spend around 3 months of the year away from home. Her teaching takes her to every continent and she has also made some amazing private commissions too. Her motto is; You dream..we create..if you can't dream..we do that for you too...all in cake! She is an amazing person and extremely talented artist, who just loves her job, which you can see from her amazing creations.
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