Sugar Dog Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Sugar Dog
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Easy
HD Lessons: 1
Decorating time: 30 Minutes
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1. Lesson 1

Paul takes us through each step to make the perfect little pup out of sugarpaste, which can be used as a cake or cupcake topper for a dog lover.

The Sugar Dog model tutorial is perfect for learning to make a variety of different dog breeds. The skills learnt can easily be adapted to allow for different thickness of coats, change in colour, size and features to create the perfect pup to add to a cake or cupcake.

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Grams to lbs

Inches to cm or vice versa

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  • 200g Chocolate Brown
  • 10g White


  • Spaghetti

Cake Card and Drum

  • 6″ Round Card

Cakey Tools

  • PME Modeling Tools
  • Small Knife
  • Black Food Pen
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.  


  1. milliep02

    this lesson has really helped me with trying to start a business of baking and decorating and modelling was not a strong point and no i am much more confident after watching this tutorial

    • Danielle

      Hi Millie, thank you for getting in touch and for your kind comments, it is truly appreciated! So glad you are more confident:-) I hope you find many more of our tutorials helpful!
      Thanks, Danielle x

  2. poppyann

    im lovely all your courses only using the free ones for now but once i start to bake ill be upgrading to the pay ones keep up the good work thank you so much poppyann x

    • David Brice

      Thank you for your lovely feedback and its great to hear that you are enjoying the tutorials. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.
      Kind regards

    • David Brice

      Thanks for your comments. I’ll put these suggestions to Paul at our next planning meeting which is this Friday. We appreciate your suggestions which helps us hugely.

    • David Brice

      It largely depends on how much drying time you have. If you can leave it overnight then sugarpaste is fine otherwise best to add CMC.

    • madeitwithlove

      Hi AdeoyeTitilayo

      Not a good idea to use plain flour as it contains much bigger grains and absorbs far greater volume of moisture. Your fondant will have large patches of flour marks and it will become dry and cracked. If you don’t have cornflour, use a little white vegetable fat on your work surface or roll the fondant out between two pieces of silicone/parchement paper. Icing sugar is the other alternative. 🙂

  3. Gizzy71

    I am new at making models so it would be useful to know approx. weight of sugarpaste for the body and head, perhaps this could be added to beginner tutorials? I find it hard getting the proportions right. Great tutorial though and has given me the confidence to make one of these for my nieces birthday which is coming up…she loves animals.

    • David Brice

      Hi Sharon, sorry that the weights weren’t given in our early tutorials. The sugar dog was filmed 8 years ago and we soon found that weights were important, especially for anyone starting out. Our more recent tutorials have the weights and sizes. Using the dog tutorial it will take a bit of trial and error to get the proportions without the weights, but it may be helpful in the long run. Please contact me on [email protected] if you have any questions at all.


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