Hot Air Balloon Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Hot Air Balloon
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 1 day
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Highlights from hot air balloon cake tutorial.

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1. Covering the balloon

After a quick chat about the design, Paul starts with the hardest task first, covering the sphere. With a few hints and tips along the way, he has the balloon covered in no time.

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2. Making the stand

This is nice and easy, just a case of joining the boards together and glueing in the dowels at a slight angle. Once the glue has set Paul then adds the balloon to ensure that it will support the weight.

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3. Marking the segments

Paul comes up with a great, but very simple, technique to mark equal segments on the balloon. He then paints the wooden dowels in preparation for adding the cake.

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4. Adding the cake

Now it’s time to add the cake. Not just as straightforward given that it needs placed around the dowels. Watch how Paul makes the cuts and shapes to get the perfect fit , before covering in ganache.

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5. Covering the basket

After covering the top first, Paul then creates panels and texturises to give the basket weave effect, which works very well.

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6. Finish the basket and paint

Paul has a eureka moment after viewing hot air balloon images on google….he adds a railing to the basket! This gives the basket a more realistic, chunk effect, without ruining the cartoon look. He finishes the lesson by painting alternate segments of the balloon.

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7. Adding the swags

Using a nifty technique, Paul creates, then adds the decorative swags to the top of the balloon.

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8. Making the bows and roses

Time to add some pretty decorations. Paul starts by adding little bows as decorations to the swags around the top of the balloon, then makes a selection of rose sizes and filler leaves.


NOTE: Paul ends up using:

10 – Rose buds

5 – Rose with two additional petals

5 – Rose with a further three petals

4 – Full rose

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9. Making the bear

Paul adjusts his design here adding the gas entry to the bottom of the balloon. He then creates the cutest little bear to sit pride of place.

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10. Adding the roses

The cake turns cutetsy when all the lovely roses and leafs are added. This is when cake decorators become flower arrangers! Take your time, but don’t over think it and enjoy bringing all your hard work to life.

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11. Finishing touches

Time to finish off by adding the topper and a few tweaks here and there and that all important glaze.

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12. Other ideas

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13. Pro Lesson

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Hot Air Balloon Cake Tutorial

Learn how to make this hot air balloon cake with the multi-award winning Paul Bradford. In this easy to follow, fun-filled cake tutorial we’ll teach you everything you need to know to take your cake decorating skills to new heights.

A breath-taking design which is suitable for beginners, this is one tutorial you don’t want to miss!

In the following tutorial you will learn how to:

  • Cover a sphere
  • Create a simple structure
  • Make sugar roses
  • Mould
  • and much, much more

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