Playful Dragons Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Playful Dragons
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 17
Decorating time: 10 hours
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Bite Sized

Watch Paul make these Playful Dragons in just one minute!

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Hand-picked highlights from the whole course for those in a hurry.

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1. Internal structure

To make the internal structure, Paul drills a hole into both cake drums then attaches the threaded rod using nuts. Paul then covers the threaded rod with tinfoil and a layer of ganache to make it food safe. 

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2. Stacking, carving & ganaching

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to align your cakes so that the dragons are slightly offset which gives the dragons a realistic look as if they are balancing on each other.  Once the cakes have been stacked, Paul carves them into the desired body shape then covers them in a layer of dark chocolate ganache.

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3. Covering the top cake

Paul covers the top cake by placing the sugarpaste over the top then pinches the folds and cuts them off before using acetate smoothers to finish it off.

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4. Covering the middle cake

Paul shows you how to use a different technique called the wrap around to cover the middle and bottom tiers.

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5. Covering the board

A very quick and simple method to cover the board around the cake.

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6. Making the chest

In this quick lesson, Paul shows you how to make the white part for the front of the body. 

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7. Covering the head

When covering the head make sure to roll out more than enough sugarpaste as this makes it easier to get rid of the pleats.

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8. Top dragons head

Paul shows you how to make the top dragons facial features.

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9. Finishing the dragon heads

Paul shows you other ways to make the dragon heads using different shapes. The key thing is to just have fun with it!

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10. Adding the heads

In this lesson, Paul uses wooden dowels to attach each head to the body in a fun and playful way.

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11. arms and legs

Paul shows you how to make the arms and legs. When adding to the cake he takes advantage of all the different angles and shapes for maximum impact.

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12. Making the tails

When making the tails, it is best to make them smaller as you work your way up each dragon and don’t forget to have fun when adding the spikes!

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13. Making the wings

To complete the dragons, Paul makes wings from thick wafer paper and adds a bit of sparkle using dust.

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14. Other ideas

Some other ideas and potential designs to think about for your own Playful Dragons cake!

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15. Pro lesson

Everything a pro needs to know about selling and distributing a cake like this.

Playful Dragons Cake Tutorial

Learn how to make this amazing Playful Dragons cake with the multi-award-winning Paul Bradford!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Build an internal structure
  • Make cute dragon faces and features
  • Create gravity-defying cakes
  • Sculpting & carving cakes
  • and much, much more

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Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 195,000+ students.  
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