Chameleon Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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with Molly Robbins
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 12
Decorating time: 1 day
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Bite Sized

Watch Molly make this amazing cake in just one minute!

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Highlights from the Chameleon course.

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1. Stacking and Carving

Molly takes you through each stage of turning two round and a square cake into the body, which is clearly going to be a chameleon. Breaking each stage down, Molly describes in detail how to create the shape.

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2. Ganaching the cake

By adding a thick layer of ganache, Molly secures the chameleon’s structure and also gets to cover up any lumps and bumps created when carving. Patiently getting into all the nooks and crannies Molly achieves a smoothly covered cake ready to be covered with sugarpaste.

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3. Covering the cake

This is a big awkward shape, but watch how Molly covers then moulds the shape with ease. The worst thing to do is to worry or panic, just take your time. Another tip for any perfectionists is that the cake will be getting painted so little marks on the white here and there doesn’t really matter at this stage.

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4. Adding the legs and tail

Using sugarpaste and a picture of a chameleon as a guide (see the Templates tab) Molly creates the front and back legs before adding the tail. We are not trying to be anatomically correct here, but just looking to get the shapes that would be recognisable as a chameleon.

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5. Adding facial features and the spine

Our chameleon is really starting to take shape now as Molly adds the eyes, some facial features and the distinctive spine. Each technique is very straightforward, but collectively gives a great effect.

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6. Adding the texture

Sometimes the simplest things give the best effect. That’s certainly the case when Molly just uses moulds, and a lot of patience, to create the amazing textured effect making this unquestionably a chameleon. 

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7. Airbrushing

This is where the magic really happens! Watch how Molly adds colours a bit at a time, then mixes colours to create this amazing finish.

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8. Finishing touches

Molly finishes this amazing, colourful chameleon design with a lovely glaze and adding an authentic board colouring.

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9. Other Ideas

Molly gives you some other ideas for the Chameleon cake.

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10. Pro Lesson

Everything a pro needs to know about pricing and selling a cake like this.

Chameleon Cake Tutorial

In this weeks tutorial, Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Maker Molly Robbins shows you how to make an amazingly realistic Chameleon cake.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Carving
  • Covering an awkward shape
  • Textured moulds
  • Airbrushing
  • and much, much more

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Molly Robbins

Molly Robbins

My name is Molly Robbins, and I have been decorating cakes for several years now! I provide cakes for weddings, christenings, birthdays, and just about any other celebration you can think of! I have won several Gold awards at Cake International and I specialise in animal-shaped cakes and cupcakes!
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