Pirate Shark Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Pirate Shark
with Janette MacPherson
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 15
Decorating time: 2 Days
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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 7 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Assembling the stand

Janette shows off her DIY skills and puts her super sturdy stand together. Don’t worry… it’s all quite simple and if you don’t have the equipment, your local DIY shop will.

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2. Making it food safe

Janette shows us how to keep it all food safe using some great techniques that keep it all very clean and simple.

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3. Carving the cake off the stand

In this lesson, Janette begins to create the basic shape of the shark before putting it on the stand. This will make it much easier to work with later on.

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4. Carving on the stand

Janette adds the cake to the stand, securing it with ganache and then begins to fine tune the shape in preparation for it being ganached.

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5. Ganaching the cake

Janette covers the entire cake in ganache, including the rice krispie treats, and gets rid of any join marks as she goes.

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6. Covering the cake

In this lesson Janette shows us how to cover the cake. It looks quite daunting, but follow this lesson and you’ll be just fine. Make sure you work quickly with the paste, not allowing it to dry out.

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7. Adding details

Janette adds some details such as the fins, the smile and some markings to add character.

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8. Making the hat

Here Janette shows us how to make a cute pirate hat that sits nicely on the shark’s head. Just remember and use something like cmc in the sugarpaste to help strengthen it.

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9. Adding details

Janette adds some fun details to give the shark a big dose of character.

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10. Adding the fin

In this lesson, Janette shows us how to add the shark fin so there’s no mistaking what sea creature it is.

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11. Covering the board

Janette covers the board by adding a cool ripple effect complete with bubbles coming to the surface.

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12. Finishing touches

In this lesson Janette adds the shark’s teeth and some extra little details to the board to finish it all off.

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13. Other ideas

Paul shares 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.

Share your pics with us on our Facebook page.

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14. Pro lesson

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

Looking for a cake that has glint in its eye? Guest tutor Janette introduces us to the Pirate Shark Cake. Just look at that menacing smile…
This super fun design would be perfect for a kid’s birthday party or for any lover of all things pirate and sea creature themed. It’s not only an impressive gravity defying design, but a big feeder too! Plus this design can be adapted in a variety of ways to suit all sorts of occasions.
Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to assemble a gravity defying stand, carve cake, work with ganache, model with sugarpaste, cover awkward shapes and much more. With the skills learned you’ll soon take your cake game to the next level.
We’d love to see your take on the Pirate Shark Cake – so make sure you share your snaps with us on our Facebook page
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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