High Flying Friend Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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High Flying Friend
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 18
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 13 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. The design

Paul gives us the lowdown on his design and then dives straight into cutting and preparing the cake, ready for ganaching.

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2. Ganaching the cake

Paul stacks the cake, adding cards and dowels and begins to build up the shape with cut offs. For the ganache, he decides not to use hot water to smooth it down, and goes for the rugged ganache look.

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3. Covering the cake

Paul tries out a new sugarpaste by couture and finds that it blends beautifully. But you needn’t worry too much about the neatness of the covering – it’s a rugged mountain after all!

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4. Painting the cake

Paul adds lovely detail using his favourite fan brush and some pro gels, mixed with vodka to get a relatively quick drying edible paint. A little bit of royal icing for the top… and hey presto – we’ve got a mountain!

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5. Making the glider

Paul now shows us how to make a glider (not a functioning one, sadly) using foam core and some glue.

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6. Covering the glider

In this lesson, Paul shows us how to build up the shape of the glider using a mixture of flower paste and sugarpaste.

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7. Adding the detail pt 1

Paul now starts to add the detail onto the glider.

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8. Adding the detail pt 2

In this lesson, Paul finishes off adding the detail onto the glider.

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9. Making the pilot pt 1

Paul brings the glider to life, by starting work on the pilot.

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10. Making the pilot pt 2

Paul continues making the pilot by sculpting the head.

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11. Making the pilot pt 3

In this lesson, Paul finishes off making the pilot by giving him a quick hair cut.

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12. Making the dogs pt 1

Paul moves on from creating the pilot to making his cute little dogs.

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13. Making the dogs pt 2

Paul adds the finishing touches to the little dogs.

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14. Attaching the glider

In the lesson, Paul attaches the glider to the cake.

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15. Finishing touches

Paul puts the finishing touches on the cake. First he adds a signpost to the base of the mountain, and then he gives the cake a light dusting. He tops it off with the all-important ribbon.  

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16. Other ideas

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

Share your lovely snaps with us on our Facebook page.

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17. 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.

Can you feel the wind beneath your wings? Paul can. In this tutorial he introduces us to his High Flying Friend Cake complete with adorable little dogs.
This is a great celebration cake that’ll bring a smile to anyone’s face – particularly animal lovers and flying enthusiasts. This is a wonderfully simple yet delicious cake using straight-forward techniques to bring it all together, using chocolate mud cake and scrumptious chocolate ganache. This tutorial is complete with templates for making the glider.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to carve a cake into a mountain, work with ganache, cover awkward shapes, work with edible paint to create realistic textures, intermediate modelling work, create a glider from sugarpaste and so much more.

We’d love to see your take on the High Flying Friend – so make sure you share your snaps 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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