Baby Turtle Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Baby Turtle
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 15
Decorating time: 1 Day
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Here we have carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 13 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. The design

Paul talks us through his design ideas as well as show us how to make the templates used to create the various shapes. The templates are available for download too, if you want to keep things nice and easy.

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2. Carving the body

Paul shows us how to carve a shell shape from lovely chocolate mud cake using a long serrated knife. He then covers it in ganache, in preparation for covering it.

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3. Carving the head

Paul follows the same steps as before but this time with the head.

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4. Building up the face

Paul uses a sausage of sugarpaste to form the eye sockets and other features of the turtles face before covering the cake.

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5. Covering the body

In this lesson, Paul shows us how to cover the body and shell by using the templates for guidance.

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6. Decorating the board

Paul shows us a simple but great way to paint the board to create a lovely ocean feel.

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7. Painting the head and body

Paul now focuses on painting the shell using various dusts mixed together to create lovely warm tones.

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8. Painting the shell


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9. making the flippers

Paul rolls out thick pieces of sugarpaste and then uses his own templates to cut out the flippers.

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10. Painting the spots

Paul now adds the famous spots using brown tones and tries to put them on fairly randomly.

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11. Painting the mouth

Paul focuses on the mouth and tries to make it as cute as possible.

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12. Adding the eyes

Paul adds the eyes with large pieces of sugarpaste and then paints them. He also adds sausages of sugarpaste to give it cute eyebrows. Then it’s a just a case of giving it a spray (one it’s all dry enough) and we’re done!

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13. 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.

Share your lovely 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 to make this cake, as well as pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

Say hello to this little cutie – it’s Paul’s creation, the Baby Turtle Cake!
Perfect for animal lovers big and small, and particularly those with a fondness for the sea, the Baby Turtle Cake is ideal for most types of celebration.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to carve cake to various shapes, work with ganache,use sugarpaste to build facial features, work with edible paint to create lovely realistic tones and much, much more! This cake is perfect for an intermediate cake designer or for a beginner looking for a new challenge, and is a great cake to add to your resume.

We’d love to see your take on the Baby Turtle Cake – so make sure you 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 195,000+ students.  
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