Captain Bradley Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Captain Bradley
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Advanced
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 9 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Making the armature

Paul gets straight to it and after showing and explaining his design goes onto to create the armature using florist wire.

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2. Adding the legs

Here Paul uses sugarpaste to make the first leg wrapping it around the wire and shaping it with his hands.

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3. Adding the torso

In this lesson Paul adds the torso and begins to add some lovely pirate clothes.

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4. Adding further detail

Paul now adds frills of sugarpaste to the bottom of the torso and a couple of other iconic pirate features.

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5. Adding the jacket

Here Paul adds a true and very stylish pirate jackets complete with fancy lapels and gold trims.

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6. Adding the arms

Paul now adds the arms along with some other features to bring a little bring to the pirate’s outfit.

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7. Adding the hands

Paul could have taken the easy road and made a couple of hooks but decides he deserves hands.

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8. Making the head

Due to stability issues Paul decides to use a styrofoam ball as opposed to a ball of sugarpaste to create the head. See the clever way he creates his facial features in the lesson.

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9. Making the eyes

Paul now makes one eye with the other one to be covered with an eye patch.

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10. Making the hair and eye patch

It’s time to give our pirate some hair and a stylish eye patch. Paul uses a great technique for the hair which gives the illusion of fine hair with one piece of sugarpaste.

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11. Dusting the head and body

Paul now brings Captain Bradley to life with some dust work around his face and clothes.

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12. Finishing touches

A little bit of glaze and some final little tweaks and now his head is ready to go on.

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13. Other ideas

Paul shares some inspirational ideas you can give a bash during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Share your photos 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.

Ahoy there matey! Who doesn’t like pirates… especially when they’re made out of sugarpaste.
The Captain Bradley model is the perfect way to top off a yummy cake. Ideal for lovers of all things pirate, and can be adapted to suit all sorts of occasions. With the skills learned you could make all kind of realistic models.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to design your own armature, assemble armature figures, build up shape with sugarpaste, create realistic hair textures, model realistic faces, edible dust and paintwork and much more! This cake is ideal for a pro cake designer or an intermediate looking for a new challenge.

We’d love to see your take on Captain Bradley – so make sure you share your photos 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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