Mad Scientist Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Mad Scientist
with Janette MacPherson
Skill level: Advanced Cake Decorating | CakeFlix - Skill Level Courses
HD Lessons: 17
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1. Lesson 1 - Assembling the board

Jeanette starts by talking us through all the various parts she has and why she uses particular one’s to give the strongest possible structure.

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2. Making the board food safe

Jeanette now makes the board food safe using some great products that keep things very quick, simple and clean.

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3. Adding the cake to the board

Jeanette now gets the cake ready for the board by cutting out little circular holes and applying ganache in between each layer. She then takes away the sharp edges in preparation for ganaching the whole cake.

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4. Ganaching the cake

Here Jeanette moves onto covering the entire cake in two layers of ganache putting in the fridge to cool off in between each layer. She then smooths it all off with an acetate smoothers and gets to making the edges nice and rounded with a small palette knife.

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5. Adding the body

Jeanette now adds the torso using a sort of homemade candy clay which works beautifully. She shares the recipe in this lesson and demonstrates just how fantastic it is to model with.

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6. Covering the head

Jeanette now covers the head in a lovely flesh coloured sugarpaste which is a mixture of renshaws flesh tone and some white sugarpaste.

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7. Covering the body

Here Jeanette covers the board using a nice no fuss technique that keeps things neat and tidy.

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8. Adding detail to the body

In this lesson, Jeanette shows us cute ways to add detail to the body by adding feet, legs and a lovely green knitted jumper.

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9. Adding the lab coat

Jeanette now adds a cute lab coat using a mixture of sugarpaste and flower paste which is rolled out thinly and then cut to size.

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10. Adding the arms and hands

Here Jeanette adds the scientists hand and arms with the right hand holding a cute little test tube.

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11. Adding the hair

Jeanette shows us how to add his hair and she does by first of all creating stripes of sugarpaste which she cuts into using a dresden tool and then adds to the head with a little water. She layers them until a full head of hair takes shape.

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12. Adding the ears and hair

In this lesson, Jeanette shows us how to make cute and simple little ears which she places lower down on the head to give it a cute feel. She then goes on to add waves of hair which gives the scientist a nice crazy look.

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13. Finishing the hair/adding facial features

Jeanette now finishes off our scientist’s hair and adds his facial features.

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14. Finishing touches

Jeanette now applies the finishing touches and voila it’s done!

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15. Other Ideas

We take a look at some other ideas that can be taken or applied from this design.

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16. Pro Lesson

Everything a professional cake decorator needs to know about selling this design.

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17. Highlights

A look at some of the highlights from this tutorial.

Learn how to make a mad scientist cake…

In this tutorial, we are joined by the fantastic Janette McPherson of Janette MacPherson CakeCraft as she shows us how to make this incredible mad scientist.

A great modelling tutorial full of fantastic tricks and techniques. In this lesson you will learn how to:

  • Make incredible facial features
  • Cover awkward shapes
  • Make edible clothing
  • Create and secure a board
  • And much, much more

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

Who knows? You may even end up featured in one of our monthly members’ cake blogs.


Janette MacPherson

Janette MacPherson

Janette is a self-taught cake designer based in Drumnadrochit in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. With a University Degree in Animation and a previous career as a Graphic Designer, she is now a lucky Mummy of three who unleashes her creative needs in cake form. Janette specialises in bespoke, personalised, highly detailed designs which capture memories, create a talking point and have even brought tears to eyes. Figure modelling is her speciality. She can create figures and pets from photographs and also replicate any personal items such as beloved teddies, favourite hobbies, outfits.... whatever you need!
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