Summer Meadow Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Summer Meadow
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 11
Decorating time: 5 hours
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Watch Paul make this beautiful Summer Meadow butterfly cake in just one minute!

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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into a 10 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking up too much of your time.

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1. Making the butterflies

Paul creates two simple handmade templates, then uses them to cut out the flower paste. He then uses moulds to create the patterns for the butterflies. He then creates a couple of simple formers using cake box lids. 

NOTE: Paul uses dummy cakes, but if you need guidance on stocking and covering double barreled cakes please see our COVERING and STACKING cakes lessons.

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2. Airbrushing

To help with the meadow effect, the white paste needs to have a tint of colour. This is perfect use of the airbrush. Keeping a good distance, gently layer up a light blue shade to be sky like. Paul then adds some dusted clouds for extra effect.

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3. Painting the grasses

Time to get the paint out and Paul starts by brushing on the grasses. It can be a therapeutic experience. Start brushing using  a dark thicker base then getting lighter as the grass grows to the top of the cake. 

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4. Painting on the flower heads

Using a selection of colours added as paint dots, you will get an amazing meadow effect. You don’t have to be artistic to get this amazing look.

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5. Abstract butterfly

Ensuring that the butterfly has set and body added,, it’s time to add some colour. Using a mix of blues, white and black, Paul paints beautiful patterns to really bring this butterfly to life.

NOTE: The butterflies should be left for as long as possible (minimum 24hrs) on the former to set. Before painting, the body is added and stuck with a small amount of edible glue. Paul suggests standing the butterfly on a cake dummy, supported by cocktail sticks and paste. This will allow the butterfly to be painted in position and reduce the chance of breakage.

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6. Symmetrical butterfly

In this lesson Paul creates a more structured butterfly design. Similar colours to the abstract butterfly, but a completely different look and design.

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7. Adding the butterflies

Paul offers lots of helpful hints and tips as he adds the butterflies to the cake. In this lesson he also explains how to get around it if your butterfly breaks. Why? Because it happened to him!

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8. Other Ideas

Paul shares some other ideas you can try out during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own, and we’d love to see what brilliant alterations you’ve made.

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9. Pro Lesson

Paul shares some insider information about the cost to make this cake. He also shares his advice on pricing and other vital information necessary for any professional cake designer.

Summer Meadow Cake Tutorial

In this tutorial, we learn how to make two different beautiful butterfly designs as part of the Summer Meadow  cake. Paul adds lots of helpful hints and tips along the way.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Create your own template
  • Paint abstract flowers
  • Create a large abstract butterfly
  • Create a large symmetrical butterfly
  • 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

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