Deep Sea Diving Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Deep Sea Diving
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 1 day
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Watch Paul make this cake in one minute!

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In this video, we have carefully summarised the key parts from this tutorial and condensed it into a 12 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking up too much of your time.

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1. Internal structure

First, Paul goes over the design and concept for the cake then shows you how to build an internal structure as it is needed to keep the cake stable. For this, a long threaded rod is attached to 2 cake boards using nuts and washers.

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2. Stacking & carving

In this lesson, Paul stacks the cake over the food safe internal structure with layers of ganache. To prepare for the next lesson, off camera Paul covers the sides of the cake with a layer of dark chocolate ganache then once dry adds another layer using white chocolate ganache.

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3. Adding sprinkles & airbrushing

Whilst the ganache is still soft, Paul decided to throw some sprinkles into the mix! Once you are happy with the sprinkles it’s then the time to move on to airbrushing the deep blue ocean colour!

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4. Making the bodies

Here, Paul shows you how to make the deep sea divers bodies from modelling paste.

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5. Attaching the bodies to the cake

In this lesson Paul makes arms for the divers then using cocktail sticks, attaches the complete bodies to the cake.

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6. Adding the final diver

Paul moves on to making the final diver for the top of the cake.

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7. Making the heads

Paul uses modeling paste to make the heads as it is firmer and holds its shape better than sugarpaste. Royal icing is used for the hair, giving it a great underwater wet look.

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8. Adding the fish

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to make all the pretty little fish that get added to the cake!

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9. Making the turtles

Paul shows you how to make a realistic looking sea turtle.

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10. Finishing touches

To bring it all together, Paul lightly sprays the cake to soften the bright colours and hide any marks!

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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.

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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 and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

Deep Sea Diving Cake Tutorial

Learn how to make this Deep Sea Diving cake with the multi-award-winning Paul Bradford! This a fantastic cake if you really want to challenge your skills and make a splash!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Build an internal structure
  • Make cute sugarpaste models
  • Create an awesome underwater texture
  • Shade using an airbrush
  • 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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Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

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