Pufferfish Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 13
Decorating time: 1 Day
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Here we have carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into a 12 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Preparing the board and the cake pt 1

Paul shows us how to create a simple structure which allows the cake to sit securely on the board without rolling off. He then to prepares the cake and ganaches one half with delicious white chocolate.

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2. Preparing the Cake pt 2

Paul finishes covering the cakes in ganache and cuts away the excess in preparation to smooth the cakes down. He then smothers the entire cake in dark chocolate ganache to encase it and add further tastiness.

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3. Covering the cake

Paul continues to smooth the cake using a palette knife as well as a brush with hot water. He then allows it to set in the fridge in preparation for covering it with white sugarpaste.

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4. Adding detail pt 1

In this lesson Paul decides where he is going to place the eyes and mouth and then adds the fins.

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5. Adding detail pt 2

Paul now adds the larger fin using a plastic dowel for support as well as a piece of spaghetti and CMC… no risks being taken here!

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6. Adding detail pt 3

Paul now adds the characterful lips to the cake and opts for pouting lips for extra cuteness. Next he creates the spikes.

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7. Airbrushing pt 1

Paul builds up the base colour using yellow, orange and white airbrush paints – which really bring it to life.

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8. Airbrushing pt 2

Paul now focuses on adding some detail with the airbrush focusing on the fins, as well as adding spots all over its body.

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9. Painting the spikes and adding the eyes

Paul now paints the spikes in a lovely gold colour to make them stand out and then adds the eyes with two circles of white sugarpaste.

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10. Finishing touches

The magic’s in the detail…

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11. Other ideas

Here Paul shares some other ideas you can give a dash during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own great ideas and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Share your lovely pics with us on our Facebook page.

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12. 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.

Say hello to this adorable little guy! Paul has delivered cuteness in abundance with this Pufferfish Cake.
Perfect for animal lovers big and small – and particularly those with a fondness for the sea-  the Pufferfish Cake is ideal for most types of celebration. Could anyone actually bring themselves to cut it though..? That’s the question!
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to carve cake to various shapes, work with ganache, use sugarpaste to build facial features, work with edible paint to create lovely realistic tones and so much more! This cake is perfect for an intermediate cake designer or a beginner looking for a new challenge, and is a great cake to add to your resume.

We’d love to see your take on the Pufferfish Cake – so make sure you share your snaps with us on our Facebook page.

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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