Olive Tree cake Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Olive Tree cake
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 13
Decorating time: 2 days
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Bite sized

Watch the whole tutorial condensed down to just under 2 mins!

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Paul covers all the key learning points in under 15 minutes.

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1. Making the stand

It’s time to get the tools out or find someone who can help. Check out the tools list for all the parts that you will need to create the stand.

You can create the base whatever size and shape you like, but equally you can follow Paul’s instructions if seeking to replicate the design.

Olive Tree from Paul's Garden

Olive Tree from Paul’s Garden

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2. Layering the cake

Paul now adds the cake to the branch, layering each level with ganache to ensure that they are solidly stuck together.

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3. Covering the tree trunk

In this lesson Paul carves the cake to get the trunk shape that he’s after. He uses rice krispie treats to offer further shape to the branches before covering the cake in sugarpaste, then texturising to get the bark effect.

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4. Colouring the bark

Olive trunks come in a variety of colours and change with the seasons. Paul had the benefit of having a garden full of olive trees to colour match, but it still took a lot of shades to get the desired colour.

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5. Making the leaves

NOTE: Paul ends up making 400 leaves

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6. Adding the leaves to the stems

Time to grab a coffee and get Netflix on as this part is quite time consuming, but also rewarding.

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7. Adding the stems to the branches

The tree parts are starting to come together nicely as Paul adds the stems to the branches.

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8. Adding the olives

Now for the decoration and Paul creates a selection of green and purple olives adding them to the branches using simple hooks.

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9. Finishing touches

Paul finishes the cake off with dusting and tweaking the design.

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10. Other ideas

Paul shares some different ways to maximise the skills learned in this tutorial.

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11. Pro lesson

Paul shares some pricing ideas and business related uses for this cake.

Olive Tree Cake Tutorial by Paul Bradford

Join Paul as he creates this stunning olive tree cake, which was commissioned by the mayor of Periana, one of the top olive oil producers in the world. Every year the town celebrates the olive tree harvest, and the mayor was delighted with Paul’s offering, which was baked using Periana olive oil.

This tree structure can be adapted for almost any tree design as Paul Bradford captures the bark, branches, leaves and olives perfectly.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Construct a strong metal and wooden structure 
  • Create a realistic tree trunk using cake, ganache and sugarpaste
  • Make Olive tree branches then attach to the cake
  • Create cute little Olives that hang from the cake
  • and much, much more

Olive Oil from Periana

Olive oil from Periana is a highly prized variety of extra virgin olive oil produced in the town of Periana, in the province of Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. It is made from the Hojiblanca olive, which is native to the region.

Olive oil from Periana is known for its distinctive flavor and aroma. It has a fruity, herbaceous taste with notes of green almonds, artichokes, and fresh grass. It is also characterized by its high levels of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have been linked to a number of health benefits.

The production of olive oil from Periana is a centuries-old tradition. The olives are harvested by hand and then pressed using traditional methods. The resulting oil is then stored in stainless steel tanks or glass bottles.

Olive oil from Periana is a versatile oil that can be used in a variety of dishes. It is particularly well-suited for salads, dressings, and marinades. It can also be used for cooking, but it should not be heated to a high temperature, as this can damage its delicate flavor.

Olive oil from Periana is a protected designation of origin (PDO) product, which means that it must meet certain standards in order to be labelled as such. The PDO also ensures that the oil is produced in a sustainable manner.

Here are some additional facts about olive oil from Periana:

  • The olive trees used to produce olive oil from Periana are typically grown on terraces, which are built on the steep slopes of the mountains.
  • The climate in Periana is ideal for growing olives, with hot summers and mild winters.
  • The soil in Periana is rich in minerals, which contributes to the unique flavor of the oil.
  • Olive oil from Periana has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal at the World Olive Oil Competition.
  • Olive oil from Periana is a popular tourist souvenir, and it can be found in many shops and restaurants in the region.
Paul Bradford

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