Knitted Santa Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Knitted Santa
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 4 hours
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Watch Paul make his knitted Santa cake in just one minute!

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Watch some hand picked clips from the full course.

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1. Carving and ganaching

Using the recipe for the free chocolate cake, Paul carves out the dome shape and ganaches around the cake in preparation for covering. 

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2. Covering the cake

Once the cake has been covered in ganache and put in the fridge to firm up, we then move on to covering the cake with Santa’s knitted red coat. 

*You can find links to all the moulds used in the tools and ingredients below.

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3. Covering the board

Paul uses Karen Davies’ beautiful Snowflake Mould to cover the board around the cake.

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4. Adding the belt

Sticking with the moulds, Paul adds on Santa’s belt using a lovely plaited border mould from Karen Davies.

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5. Making the boots

Paul sculpts Santa’s boots from rice krispie treats, which are then covered using sugarpaste and added to the cake.

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6. Finishing the body

To finish the body, Paul adds all the little trims around the coat and then the arms and mitts.

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7. Making Santa’s head

Paul opts for using polystyrene for Santa’s head, covering it with sugarpaste and sculpting the cute Santa features.

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8. Santa’s beard

To make the beard, Paul goes for a pleated look using Karen Davies moulds for long luscious locks!

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9. Santa’s hat

If using polystyrene for the head, its best to be mindful of how sugarpaste is used for the hat as you don’t want to put too much weight on the wooden dowels holding the head in place.

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10. Finishing touches

Paul adds some extra va va voom to really bring Santa to life!

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11. Other Ideas

Paul shares some other ideas to use on your own cakes!

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12. PRO Lesson

In this lesson, Paul shares some useful tips for pricing and selling your cakes.

Knitted Santa Cake Tutorial

Join multi-award winning Paul Bradford to make this jolly Knitted Santa Christmas cake! This cake features an all knitted look that makes Santa cute as a button!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Carve & ganache
  • Create a cute knitted clothing effect
  • Use polystyrene for an easy to make head
  • Create a funky textured board
  • and much, much more!

Don’t forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and the rest of the CakeFlix community on our Facebook group.

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