Rocking Horse Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Rocking Horse
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 24
Decorating time: 2 - 3 days
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Bite Sized

Watch Paul make the Rocking Horse cake in just one minute!

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Some hand-picked highlights from the full course.

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1. Explaining the design

To begin, Paul goes over all the steps to creating an internal structure; from designing it on paper, working out the scale, adding the cake and everything in between!

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2. Building the rocker

Now that the plans are laid out, it’s time to put it all together! Paul encounters a few problems in this lesson so you don’t have to.

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3. Building the internal structure

Paul shows you how to put together all the parts to create a solid internal structure.

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4. Making it food safe

In this very short and sweet lesson, Paul goes over the very important way to make your cake structure food safe.

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5. Ganaching the belly

Paul adds some ganache to the underside of the horse to add some shape for the belly.

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6. Carving

In this lesson, Paul will be showing you how to layer and carve the cake into the shape of the horse’s body.

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7. Ganaching

Paul ganaches the cake with a smooth finish.

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8. Lesson 8 - More carving

Paul isn’t happy with the shape of the body, so in this lesson you will see how Paul reshapes the body to better fit the original design.

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9. Making the head

To make the head, we are going to carve out the shape from a block of polystyrene.

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10. Covering the body and head

In this lesson, Paul shows you one way of covering the cake in one go to minimise joins. Once the body is covered it’s time to smooth and remove any cracks or holes.

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11. Sculpting the face

In this lesson you will learn how to sculpt the features of the horse’s face using an image as a guide.

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12. Icing the rockers

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to ice the rockers in panels for a sharp finish.

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13. Making the ears

Paul shows you how to make the ears from sugarpaste.

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14. Making the legs

Now it’s time to make the legs, not as challenging as they look!

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15. Making the hair

Paul shows you how to make simple hair for the mane from sugarpaste

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16. Making the bridle

In this lesson, you’ll see how Paul makes the intricate straps around the horse’s head.

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17. Making the collar

Now it’s time to make the beautiful broached collar around the horse’s neck.

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18. Making the saddle

In this lesson you will learn how to make the multi layered saddle with a little decoration around the side.

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19. Making the tail

A very quick and simple method of making a nice flowing tail.

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20. Painting the horse

Time to paint this bad boy!

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21. Other Ideas

Paul goes over some other ideas you can use on your own cakes.

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22. PRO Lesson

Paul shares some insider knowledge on pricing and selling a cake like this one.

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In the following tutorial, you will learn how to… Plan the design and create the templates Create advanced internal structure Cover awkward shapes and blending Use colour to bring the design to life and much, much more! Learn to make this detailed rocking horse, which Paul breaks down into easy to learn steps. Getting the templates and structure right are crucial to this design and Paul explains both in great detail. Following his train of thought will help you to create your own bespoke designs and structures going forward. As always, we leave in the mistakes so you can understand Paul’s design decisions and how to correct things as they go wrong!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Plan the design with templates
  • Build advanced internal structure
  • Cover shapes and blendsugarpaste
  • Paint your cakes
  • 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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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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