Santa’s Present Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Santa’s Present
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 5 hrs
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Highlights of our Santa’s Present cake tutorial.

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1. Baking the rich fruit cake

In this lesson Paul takes you through each stage from preparing the fruit to mixing the ingredients and how to ensure the perfect bake.

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2. Making the bow loops

In this design it’s best to start with the decoration to allow sufficient drying time. Paul rolls out florist paste then cuts into strips to make the loops for the bows. He then leaves them to dry in the oven at the lowest temperature keeping the door open.

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3. Explaining the stand and covering in Marzipan

The stand is fairly straightforward, but Paul will explain all. He then goes on to marzipan the cake, sharing some of his college learned hints and tips along the way.

NOTE: Paul later discovers that it would have been useful to mark the underside of the board used for the cake to line everything up.

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4. Covering the cake

This is a little bit different for Paul as he’s more used to ganache and sharp edges. However, rich fruit cake needs a marzipan covering so he brushes up on his round edges covering skills.

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5. Adding the cake to the stand

This can be a little tricky, but the best way to add the cake to stand is to flip the cake. Don’t worry, Paul will guide you through every step of the way.

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6. Adding the snowflakes and bow

Using a more pale shade of green Paul then cuts out and adds the snowflakes, being sure to cover any untidy spots. He then adds the the bow the start to give this design it’s festive look.

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7. Making the first Santa

Time to get the Santas added. The first one is the tired Santa, watch how Paul prepares creates the pieces that all come together to make Santa holding up the cake.

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8. Making the second Santa

Using the same starting shapes as before, watch how Paul now moulds the pieces to give this Santa a different look.

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9. Making the third Santa

Time for a lying down Santa. Again, it’s the same shapes, but Paul shapes them to come up with this fun style.

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10. Making our final Santa

By this stage you’ll be making Santas in your sleep! Paul just shows the different elements this time around and explains how to have your Santa upside down.

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11. Making Santa heads

We have four different Santas in four different poses so they all need slightly different styles of head. Paul talks through the first two then we move to speeded up footage to see how he finishes the others. He finishes with a light spray glaze.

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12. Other Ideas

Other ideas which can be used for this design.

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13. Pro Lessons

Everything a pro needs to know for creating and distributing this design.

Learn how to bake and create this cute festive cake with Paul Bradford

In this tutorial, Paul shows you how to bake a traditional Christmas cake with this fantastic recipe. Fruit cake is traditionally served at Christmas time in many countries across the world, the traditional festive cake dates all the way back to 1573!

Fruit cake requires a lot of preparation as it takes roughly 4 weeks of soaking the fruit before it’s ready ?.  However, Paul will take you through all the steps needed to make this to perfection, before adding his own Santa themed decorations to jazz it up ?

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Bake a traditional Christmas fruit cake
  • Marzipan a cake
  • Make a basic structure
  • Create edible models
  • 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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