Dragon Reveal

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Dragon Reveal

with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 2 Days
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1. Preparing the stand

Paul talks us through his design, then starts by drilling holes in to hold the large dowel, which will support the entire cake.

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2. stacking and ganaching the cake

Here Paul stacks, layers and ganaches the cake to form a nice solid tower shape. As this is going to be an old tower, it doesn’t need to be perfect, so don’t spend too long on this stage.

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3. Covering the cake

Paul rolls out a massive piece of sugarpaste and shows us a great way to cover the cake, without fear of stretching or losing shape.

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4. Making the top of the tower

Paul gets thrifty with a plastic food tub that was used to package some sugarpaste, and uses it to create the top of the tower.

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5. Covering the top tower

Paul covers the top tower with sugarpaste, after wetting the plastic tub with a little water.

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6. Adding extras to the tower

Here Paul adds some nice details to add character, including moss growing up the side of the tower as well as windows and other little extras. Then it’s onto creating the contraption that will hold the secret info.

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7. Finishing the tower

Paul now finishes off the top of the tower and creates the contraption that will reveal the all important secret information, surrounded by yummy M&M’s!

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8. Making the dragons

In this lesson, Paul shows us how to make the dragons that are protecting the secret message. Two large sausages is all it takes…. watch to find out how he does it.

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9. Making the dragons

Paul starts by making the heads of the dragons and then attaches them using spaghetti and a lollipop stick for extra security. He attaches the wings once they are dry.

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10. Airbrushing the cake

Paul gets the airbrush out and starts gradually building up the lovely colours. Just be careful when colouring the wings as spraying them too much will make them curl up beyond repair.

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11. Finishing touches

Paul finishes it all off with some final airbrush work.

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12. 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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13. 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.

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14. Highlights

Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 10 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

There's more to these dragons than first meets your eye! This reveal cake will delight and surprise at any kind of celebration. Hide a secret message in the tower and watch the fun unfold.
Paul created this design as a birthday cake, however it would also make a lovely gender reveal cake. It's a brilliant cake to customise and let your imagination go wild with! And with the skills learned you could make hundreds of different designs.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a large cake tower, stack and ganache cakes, cover awkward shapes, create realistic textures, make sugarpaste dragons, make a reveal contraption, airbush work and lots more.

We'd love to see your take on the Dragon Reveal Cake - 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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