Rodney the Raccoon Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Rodney the Raccoon
with Rhianydd Webb
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 17
Decorating time: 2 days
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Bite Sized

Watch Rhianydd make Rodney the Raccoon in just one minute!

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A collection of hand-picked clips from the whole course in a 15 minute video.

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1. Making the Leaves

Grab the largest leaf cutters and veiners from your toolbox and let’s make a selection of leaves for that perfect leaf pile.

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2. The Armature

Let’s go back to basics and even if this is your first armature, I show you the whole process. How to use the threaded rod to create an armature for your raccoon.

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3. Stack and carve the cake

Let’s turn this slab of cake into our raccoon shape. Here I split and fill and build around the armature before carving into shape.

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4. Ganaching

If you have never ganached a sculpted cake before then I hope this will really help. It even includes shaping the ganache too.

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5. Design and Hands

Everything is easier with a map, even if that map is a cartoon Raccoon outline, but it is nice to have something to lean your paste on to work against.

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6. Cover and texture the head

Let us start to cover and texture our raccoon. It is going to be a lot easier than you think.

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7. Cover and texture a leaf effect

This is what makes it a quicker and easier animal to make. The lower half is not textured in the normal way, you will just have to watch to find out.

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8. Inscription and Eyes, nose and muzzle.

Use your embossing letters to add a suitable inscription, then we will add those cute little eyes and nose and scrunch up his muzzle.

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9. Ears

Well, how is he going to hear you without his cute fluffy little ears.

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10. Time to add colour

When I need a little motivation, I add colour to the face. Even if I am not ready to add any more because BOY does it give you the motivation to finish.

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11. Dust hands and painting the leaf area

I think little hands always benefit from a dusting rather than painting, so that is what I would like to show here. In this lesson, we also paint the “pretend” leaf section

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12. Airbrush the leaves

I absolutely adore the transformation a little colour makes to some plain white leaves.

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13. Time to finish

Let’s do those all important finishing touches and assemble our cake.

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14. Other Ideas

Some other ideas to use on your own cakes.

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15. PRO Lesson

In this lesson, Rhianydd give some useful hints and tips for those who are selling their cakes.

Rodney the Raccoon Cake

Who has always wanted to try a sculpted animal cake but not dared? Well, this is a fantastic way to start. Little Rodney Raccoon bursting out of a pile of Autumn leaves. I enjoyed making this tutorial so much, I had to have a baker’s dozen in lessons.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Sculpt sugarpaste
  • Model faces
  • Make sugar leaves
  • Airbrush
  • and much, much more

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Rhianydd Webb

Rhianydd Webb

Rhianydd Webb set up Dragons and Daffodils Cakes in July 1999.  A home-based business with the lovely Pantygraigwen Community Centre for classes, based near Pontypridd in Wales.

Rhianydd started off by learning her trade through books, which were her only source of knowledge and inspiration.  Amongst the key artists that she learned from are Alan Dunn, Tombi Peck, The International Sugarcraft Books, Debbie Brown, Lindy Smith  to name just a few.  Since then, I have been very lucky to be able to study Intermediate Cake Decoration and Beginners sugar flowers under the very talented Janet Side and received Distinction for both. I have also attended day courses with Alan Dunn, John Costello, Carlos Lischetti, Mary Presicci and Kim Wiltjer.

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