Pirate Parrot Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Pirate Parrot
with Janette MacPherson
Skill level: Advanced Cake Decorating | CakeFlix - Skill Level Courses
HD Lessons: 15
Decorating time: 2 days
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Bite Sized

Watch Janette make her Pirate Parrot cake in just one minute!

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Some hand-picked highlights from the full tutorial.

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1. Building the structure

Here Janette takes you through the steps to build the main structure to support the cake, and make it food safe.

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2. Layering the cake

In this lesson. we’re adding the cake to the support stand, with a few dowels and an extra cake card.

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3. Carving

Shaping the cake into the main body shape with tubby belly!

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4. Ganaching

Janette covers the cake in two layers of ganache, showing how to smooth it out on awkward shapes.

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5. Trousers and shirt

Now we begin to dress the parrot. Janette shows you how to make the striped trousers and loose shirt with draping and texture.

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6. Belt, boot and wooden leg

Now adding the belt and big buckle details, with a patterned belt end. It’s also time to make the leather boot and attaching a wooden leg.

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7. Face and feathers

Janette begins building up the feathers and texture on the neck and head area creating a ruffly beard and arched brow.

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8. Open wing structure

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to build a lightweight, strong structure for supporting the feathered wing. Then modelling and adding all the feathers.

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9. Jacket and hook

In this lesson, we will be adding the jacket in panels, and modelling the second arm and hook.

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10. Making the hat

How to model the pirate hat with skull and crossbones

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11. Painting

In this lesson, Janette will be adding some shadows and highlights to give depth, and painting all the gold trims.

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12. Other Ideas

Here Janette goes over some ideas on changing the design in different ways to create a different parrot version for yourself. She also talks about how the use and adapt the structure for other characters.

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13. PRO Lesson

Janette explains the costs involved, the time you should expect to set aside for making the cake, and the minimum you should be charging if you are selling to a customer.

Pirate Parrot Cake Tutorial

Join Janette making this fantastic sculpted Pirate Parrot cake! You’ll learn how to build a clever structure to support the feathery wing, and keep his tubby belly up off the ground! Loads of little details to see on this one, from clothing, to feathers, to a hook and dagger.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Build a clever structure for open feathered wings
  • Carve a cake
  • Create clothing patterns and textures
  • Make quick feather
  • 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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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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