Mrs Young’s Sea Holly Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Mrs Young’s Sea Holly
with Cecilia Young
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 11
Decorating time: 1 Day
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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 8 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Preparing the cake

In the first lesson, Cecilia and Paul prepare the fruit wedding cake to be covered. You’ll learn some top tips and as well as a delicious recipe for the marmalade covering.

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2. Covering the cake

After the cake’s been left to sit a little, while it’s time to cover it in sugarpaste. Paul advises rolling the sugarpaste to around 4mm as you wouldn’t want to mask the taste of the cake and the marzipan.

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3. Starting on the holly

Next up, Cecilia shows us a very quick way to work with some lovely moulds to prepare the centre of the thistle.

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4. Making the leaves

While the mould sits in the freezer, Cecilia shows us how to make the leaves. You’ll love the technique used called twiddle and splat! It’s an incredibly quick method for veining your leaves and getting excellent results.

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5. Dusting the leaves and holly

The centre comes out of the freezer and we learn how to get it out of the mould with ease. Then it’s on to dusting.

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6. Putting the flower together

Watch the flower being put together and finished off with a little bit of steaming to really bring the colour to life.

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7. Adding texture to the cake

Paul shows us a nice way to add a modern twist to a very traditional cake, using rice paper and edible dusts.

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8. Finishing touches

Cecilia now puts all the flowers and leaves together to form a little flower arrangement, which sits beautifully on top of the cake.

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9. Other ideas

Paul and Cecilia share some other ideas you can try out during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own and we’d love to see what brilliant alterations you’ve made.

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10. Pro lesson

In this lesson, Paul and Cecilia share some insider information about the cost to make this cake, as well as pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

In this tutorial, Paul has the honour of appearing alongside his former teacher, and the woman who got him into cake decorating, Cecilia Young. Mrs Young demonstrates how to make beautiful sea holly to add some flourish to your cake designs. The pretty flower is perfect for sitting atop wedding cakes.
Watch this tutorial to learn how to create delicate leaves, work with moulds, do edible dust work, prepare a fruit cake and much more.
After watching this tutorial, you can use the skills you’ve learned to make all kinds of variations of this flower.
We’d love to see your take on Mrs Young’s Sea Holly – so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.
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