Clowning About Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Highlights of the course.

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1. Putting the stand together

Any structured cake is only as good as it’s foundations and in this lesson, Paul takes you through his thought process and how to put the structure together.


NOTE: Paul uses garden wire but later finds that it would be better to go for something more sturdy like a coat hanger.

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2. Icing the board

In this Lesson, Paul explains how to cover the board with the metal rod through the centre then prepares the ball for covering.

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3. Covering the ball

Quite a tricky one and the mathematicians amongst you might have a more technical answer to this, but in true Paul style he uses a template and makes some adjustments along the way.

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4. Putting the body together

‘How did you do that?’ Is one of those questions you loved to be asked as a cake designer. In this lesson, you learn how to put the shape of clown’s body together, which will hopefully invite the question.


NOTE: Paul later discovers that the foot on the floating leg should be 7cm. Although he shows how to correct this if you want to save yourself the pain go for the longer foot at this stage.

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5. Carving the cake

Now we can add the cake and start to carve and ganache the clown’s body

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6. Icing the body and adding the socks

The great thing about decorating a clown is that the more colourful and whacky the better. In this lesson Paul ices the bottom of the body and the socks with some trials and tribulations along the way.

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7. Adding the trousers

Shaping and adding the trousers is a little tricker than you might expect, but follow Paul and it will all come together. You can tell he was quite chuffed the way it turned out!

NOTE: There was an audio issue in Lessons 7,8,9, sorry for an inconvenience caused.

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8. Covering the top

Worth watching for a funny story from Paul’s childhood! Oh, and yes, he covers the clown’s jumper.

NOTE: There was an audio issue in Lessons 7,8,9, sorry for an inconvenience caused.

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9. Adding the arms

There are a number of ways to add the arms, but Paul goes for a straightforward approach using wire, but watch how he works out where to position them.

NOTE: There was an audio issue in Lessons 7,8,9, sorry for an inconvenience caused.

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10. Adding the boots

No clown would be complete without some oversized silly shoes. In this lesson, Paul has a bit of trial and error to come up with something to match the rest of the design.

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11. Adding the squares

You have a choice here to add polka dots, stripes or squares as Paul goes for in this lesson.

It’s a time consuming, but therapeutic exercise so get the kettle on.

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12. Adding the belt, braces, cuffs, tie and collar

The clown starts to get dressed up in this lessons with lots of simple techniques to create his clothing additions.

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13. Shaping the head

It’s worth spending a bit of time to get the facial proportions right to make sure that the features allow for a happy clown.

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14. Facial features

This is where you start to add character to the clown and have a bit of fun with colours, smiles and the hair.

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15. Adding the hat

No clown is complete without a silly hat so you have poetic license to create whatever design you like or feel free to follow Paul as he makes a clown style bowling hat.

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16. Adding the gloves

Time to add the hands or in this case Paul elects to go for oversized gloves. Watch out as his initial glove size is too big so needs to bring them down a size or two.

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17. Finishing touches

After adding the ribbon Paul explains how to fix the crack that’s appeared where the clown’s floating leg meets the rest of the body. If you use stronger wire and finish in the cake the same day you shouldn’t have this problem, but worth watching for a great repair technique.

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18. Other Ideas

Paul shares with you some other ideas for this design.

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19. Pro Lesson

Paul covers everything a professional cake decorator should know for this design.

Learn how to make a clown cake with Paul Bradford…

In this tutorial, Paul teaches you how to make this balancing clown cake. Always the joker, Paul takes you through a whole host of fantastic techniques in this tutorial which are a great addition to your cake making repertoire.

In this tutorial you will learn how to…

  • Cover a spherical shape
  • Make a stand
  • Cake carve
  • Brush and broidery
  • and much, much more
PAUL Bradford clown

Paul as a young clown


Don’t forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and rest of the Sugarcraft community on our Facebook group.

Who knows? You may even end up featured in one of our monthly members’ cake blogs.

Downloadable tools and ingredients

Grams to lbs

Inches to cm or vice versa

other US to metric and Metric to US




  • 6” round chocolate cake




  • 800g ganache


Cake Card and Drums


  • 8” round cake drum




  • 750g lime green
  • 250g marine blue
  • 250g lincoln green
  • 250g purple
  • 250g red
  • 250g yellow
  • 250g pink
  • 250g orange
  • 50g flesh tone




  • Purple (15mm)




  • Tin foil
  • Wide tape
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Garden wire for he arms
  • 20g wire
  • 5cm styrofoam ball




10” round (10mm deep) plywood

6” round (10mm deep) plywood

6” diameter styrofoam (dummy) ball

14” threaded rod (10mm diameter) – Paul used a larger rod and cut to size

5x 10mm nuts

10x 10mm washers

10” of sturdy but flexible wire (coat hanger)

Drill set

Spanner set



  • Palette knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Serrated knife




  • Round cutter set
  • Square cutter 1cm



  • Sizes 0,1,6
  • Dusting brush


Modelling Tools


  • PME modelling tools


Cakey Tools


  • Rolling pin large
  • Rolling pin small




  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Calipers
  • Glue stick


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.  


  1. WytchyWayz

    Omg!I can’t wait to give this one a try. What fun and fabulous tutorial. You outdid yourself in the creative department, Paul. This is wonderfully fun.

  2. WytchyWayz

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, or what, but lesson 7, 8, 9…… the volume goes from quiet, to alarmingly loud……so I don’t know if it’s just me or a video issue

    • David Brice

      It’s a video issue unfortunately there appear to have been gremlins at play and we can’t restore the original soundtrack. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

  3. nik5366

    Hi Paul,
    Very cute cake! Would you be able to use real cake as the ball?
    Thanks in advance.


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