Crystal Parade Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Crystal Parade
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 13
Decorating time: 1 Day
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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 5 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. The design

Paul first introduces the design and concept behind the display at Cake International. Now it’s time to start decorating so it’s out with a brand new mat then begins to prepare the cake lace.

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2. Making the lace

Paul demonstrates how easy it is to use the cake lace by seamlessly preparing sheet after sheet. He then goes on to explain his thinking behind the design.

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3. Painting the cake

Time to get the dusts out and Paul creates a lovely silver/ blue tone then using a large brush applies to the cake to get a metallic finish.

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4. Adding the lace sheets

Paul now combines the lace with wafer paper sheets to create a wedding dress type material, which is then attached to the cake.

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5. Adding the ruffles

Adding the lace/wafer paper ruffles to one side of the cake the truly stunning dress effect begins to come to life.

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6. Decorating the other tiers

In this lesson Paul has a think about how he wants to decorate the other tiers. After much thought he decides to get busy with the dresden/ stitchy tool.

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7. Making the flowers

Here Paul shows how to get great looking flowers with little effort. Excellent for those making cakes commercially.

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8. Attaching the flowers

It’s time to attach them. Along the way Paul has a little fun as he demonstrates how to add some extra volume to the cake.

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9. Making the stamens

Sometimes the tricky little bit, but you’re in safe hands as Paul shows hoe to create the stamens and bring it all together.

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10. Finishing touches

Here Paul shows us a lovely way to add that extra bit of sparkle to the cake, which transforms the finish to something magical.

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11. Other ideas

Paul shares some other ideas you can try out during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own, and we’d love to see what brilliant alterations you’ve made.

Share your pics with us on our Facebook page

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12. 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.

A truly stunning cake that would look equally at home in a designer boutique or, as shown at Cake International, shown off in an amazing hanging crystal display stand.
Paul’s design formed part of the amazing display of Wedding Gowns Through the Ages showpiece at Cake International’s Alexandra Palace show in April 2017.  Paul’s design was inspired by Ian Stuart’s famous wedding dress, shown via the Templates tab below.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create lovely textures, make edible flowers, make crystal stamens, work with cake lace and lots more!

We’d love to see your take on the Crystal Parade – 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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