Cruise Ship Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Cruise Ship
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 11
Decorating time: 1 day
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Hand picked best bits from the Cruise Ship cake tutorial.

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1. Preparing the board

To start off on our cruise ship you will need a strong board. Paul is using 10mm plywood for his board however we suggest that yours be 15mm in thickness because the board may bend during transportation making it a lot more difficult than it should be!

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2. Carving

Paul shows you how to carve this huge cake into shape!

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3. Ganaching

Paul combines swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate ganache for a tasty mix which gives more stability to the buttercream. When ganaching a large cake like this remember to refrigerate between layers and use a metal pallet knife to scrape rather than plastic for a sharper finish.

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4. Covering the cake

Paul is using a 50/50 mix of Karen Davies sugarpaste and Massa Ticino modelling paste, he decides that the best way to cover the cake is by panel as there is a good chance of cracking if covering in one. If you are just using standard sugarpaste then there’s no need to worry you can cover it in one go.

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5. Adding the windows

The key to adding the windows is to first mark out guidelines before you place them on the cake. The second key is to roll the sugarpaste out thin so that your windows look delicate and not chunky.

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6. Making the top structures

Now we are focusing on the top of the ship, Paul cuts the necessary shapes from sugarpaste and uses spaghetti to keep them in place.

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7. Decorating the ship and board

In this lesson paul adds a little extra detail to the ship.

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8. Other ideas

Some other ideas from the Cruise Ship cake tutorial.

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9. Pro lesson

In this lesson Paul talks about how to price and distribute cakes such as this.

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10. Cruise Ship - Bite Sized

Watch Paul make this Cruise Ship cake in just one minute!

Cruise Ship Cake Tutorial

Learn how to make this magnificent Cruise Ship cake with the multi-award winning Paul Bradford. This is a hugely impressive cake to pull off and would go down great at large parties with a lot of guests, bonus points if it fits in with the theme!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Carve a large cake
  • Cover an awkward cake with sugarpaste
  • Add small details
  • Use images to create a similar design in cake
  • 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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