Galaxy Explorer Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Galaxy Explorer
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 13
Decorating time: 1 Day
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Here we have 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.

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1. Carving the cake

Here Paul gets straight to it and carves the cake into the rough shape of the Starship Enterprise. Paul has opted to use buttercream instead of ganache, for reasons that’ll soon become clear…

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2. Covering the cake

First of all, Paul smooths the cake with a palette knife and some warm water. Paul has a new sugarpaste to try out – all the way from Ireland. Links can be found in the tools and ingredients section below.

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3. Adding detail

Paul caves into temptation and uses an image of the spaceship as a reference, and begins to add some simple detail to the cake, using circle cutters and modelling tools.

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4. Adding the rocket boosters

Now it’s time to prepare and attach the rocket boosters and Paul has some smart ideas for making sure they don’t collapse.

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5. Finishing the rocket boosters

Paul finishes the rocket boosters by covering them with grey sugarpaste, and adding some mechanical detail to them for added interest.

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6. Adding more detail to the ship

Paul brings the grey sugarpaste to life, with some nice silver dusts and once painted on buffs it with a large soft brush. Then it’s on to adding flashes of red, to make the overall design pop a little more.

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7. Finishing the ship and starting on Scotty

Paul cuts out the numbers and letters for this ship to finish it off. Then he makes Scotty’s body with the help of some thin wire.

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8. Making Scotty’s head

In this lesson, Paul focuses purely on Scotty’s head, and uses a technique where he only uses one piece of sugarpaste the create the entire face, with the help of some modelling tools.

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9. Finishing Scotty

Paul now adds Scotty’s ears, eyebrows and hair, and – in the next lesson – just a little it of dust to bring him to life.

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10. Finishing touches

Adding a little bit of dust for Scotty’s face and then some silver paint for his hair, and it’s all finished. Join Paul in the next lesson, where he gives us some other ideas.

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11. Other ideas

Paul shares some inspirational ideas you can give a bash during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Share your photos 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.

Paul introduces us to his Galaxy Explorer Cake, which was made in celebration of the anniversary of a certain TV show… any ideas?!
Perfect for any science fiction fan’s birthday or perhaps even a special screening event. This cake design can be adapted in numerous ways by altering the spaceship and creating various characters.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to carve cake to shape, work with buttercream, cover awkward shapes, turn a cake into a spaceship using everyday objects, modelling work, and much more. This cake is ideal for an intermediate cake designer, or a beginner looking for a new challenge.

We’d love to see your take on the Galaxy Explorer 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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