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Little Train Conductor Cake

with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 12
Decorating time: 1 Day
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1. Airbrushing the Cake

In this lesson, Paul has already covered and stacked the two tier cake. If you’re not sure how to do this,  have a peek at this earlier lesson.
First up, Paul shares his design idea in a rough sketch. Then he goes on to airbrush the entire cake in a lovely light blue colour. The idea is to create a realistic looking sky-effect.

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2. Adding the Hills

In this section, Paul shows us how to add the lovely rolling hills around the bottom of each tier. These will then be airbrushed green to create a realistic texture ,as opposed to using green sugarpaste which could look quite flat.

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3. Airbrushing the Hills

Paul starts off by airbrushing the hills in cheerful yellow and green tones, and then covers the board and prepares the tracks for around the bottom of the cake.

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4. Finishing the Track / Adding the Picket Fence

Paul finishes off the track with the help of an extruder to make a very long thin piece of grey sugarpaste. Once he has attached it he moves on to creating the picket fence. Paul keeps this nice and easy by using some edible paper and a little fence cutter. Paul shows us an extremely quick and easy way to cut the pieces out – watch and find out how!

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5. Adding the Trains

In this part Paul makes and adds the cute, colourful trains to the cake above the tracks. He mixes up the colours and cuts sections here and there, to give the impression of lots of little choo choos!

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6. Adding the Clouds and the Little Boy

Next up are the cloud. Paul uses edible paper to make them. You can either draw the clouds with an edible pen and then cut around them or just free hand them, which tends to be quicker.

Then it’s on to making the little boy. You may want to add some tylo powder or cmc to the sugarpaste to help strengthen it.

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7. Making the Little Conductor

In this lesson, Paul continues making the little boy conductor by adding clothing details, plus arms and legs. In the next lesson we will be making and adding the head.

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8. Finishing the Little Conductor

Here Paul finishes the little boy conductor, by adding some more stitching detail and making the head. Paul sticks to a simple head with little balls of sugarpaste for the nose, eyes and ears, and uses an edible black pen for the pupils. For the hair Paul makes little sausages of sugarpaste, which he then flattens at the ends and marks with a veining tool.

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9. Finishing Touches

A nice quick lesson here, where Paul adds a little dust to bring the boy to life. Then he adds a few little flowers around our little train conductor for added cute factor. In the next lesson Paul discusses other things we can do to mix it up a little.

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10. Other Ideas

Here Paul shares some other ideas you can implement when making this cake to make it unique to you.

We’d love to see your take on the Little Train Conductor Cake – come on over and share your snaps with us on our Facebook page.

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11. Pro Lesson

In this lesson Paul shares some insider information – including pricing, costs, portions and other useful ideas. It’s vital information for any professional cake designer.

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12. Highlights

Here we have carefully selected all the key moments from this tutorial and condensed it into a short video that should be more than enough to get you started.

Paul introduces us to his colourful Little Train Conductor Cake, which we are sure you'll agree is great fun! Not only does it look great, but it tastes yummy too, with chocolate sponge cake, covered in chocolate ganache. Paul shows us brilliant ways of using edible paper, rice paper and cutters to make quick and easy edible decorations.
This cake is perfect for birthdays and could be adapted in a myriad of ways to suit any occasion. The design incorporates different skills and techniques such as simple airbrush work, creating miniature edible decorations, simple modelling and more. It's a playful cake, that's ideal for beginners, but has bags of potential for experienced cake makers to develop too.

We'd love to see your take on the Little Train Conductor  - please 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 185,000+ students.  

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