1st Birthday Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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1st Birthday
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 16
Decorating time: 1 day
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Bite Sized

Watch Paul make this cute little cake in just one minute!

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This video is a collection of highlight clips from the full tutorial.

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1. Carving the cake

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to carve the shape of the teddy bear using the templates provided. Once the teddy is all carved, we move on to carving the topsy turvy cake which goes on top. 

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2. Building the stand

In this lesson, you will learn how to create the internal structure which holds up the cake on top of the teddy. 

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3. Stacking and ganaching

The next step is to add our teddy on to the internal structure and ganache the cake

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4. Covering the cake

In this lesson, you will learn how to cover all the nooks and crannies around the teddy bear cake in preparation for piping the buttercream.

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5. Covering the board and top tier

In this lesson, Paul shows you the technique used to cover the board around the teddy and then how to cover the standard cake on top.


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6. Lesson 6 - Adding the muzzle, ears and tail

Before we add the buttercream fur, there’s just a few more features to be added to the cake!

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7. Applying the buttercream

Now it’s time to really bring this cute teddy to life! Paul shows you just how to pipe the beautiful buttercream blobs to create that amazing fur texture.

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8. Nose, eyes and smile

In this lesson, Paul adds the cheeky little grin along with the cute nose and beady eyes.

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9. Polka dots!

Paul creates the polka dot pattern on the top tier cake.

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10. Adding the arms

Before we add the top tier cake, it’s important that we construct a firm base for the cake to sit and add the arms of course.

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11. Making the #1

Paul shows you how to cut the number one from sugar paste and decorate with sugar crystals, once that is done we leave it to set and whilst setting Paul adds the top tier cake.

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12. Finishing touches

Paul adds some more detail to the eyes and a little blush on the teddy’s face for some finishing touches.

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13. Other Ideas

In tis lesson, Paul shares some imaginative ideas for changing the design of this cake.

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14. PRO Lesson

In the pro lesson, we go over how to price your cake from the ingredients used and talk about other details when it comes to selling your cakes.

1st Birthday Cake Tutorial

in the following tutorial, multi-award winning Paul Bradford shows you how to create this beginner level first birthday teddy. There’s lots of great techniques to learn from piping buttercream to building a simple internal structure. So let’s get started!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Make a simple internal structure
  • Carve a cake
  • Pipe buttercream
  • Cover different shapes
  • and much, much more!

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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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