The Gingerbread Express Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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The Gingerbread Express
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 13
Decorating time: 1 day
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Watch Paul make the Gingerbread Express in just one minute!

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Watch a collection of clips from the full tutorial.

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1. Making the gingerbread

In this lesson, Paul takes you through the steps to baking the gingerbread biscuits used for the carriages of our train!

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2. Building the carriages

Once we have our gingerbread made, it’s time to put them together using royal icing.

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3. Ganaching the cake

Using cake from the lovely gingerbread recipe (LINK) used in last year’s gingerbread and caramel drip cake, Paul carves out the shape for the front of the train then covers it with ganache.


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4. Covering the cake

Once the cakes have been ganache and left in the fridge to firm up, we then move on to covering the cake with sugarpaste. You will need to have a few progel colours handy as we need the sugarpaste to be as close to the colour of the gingerbread as possible.

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5. Decorating the carriages

Now onto the fun part! This is where you can get the whole family involved to decorate the train with all sorts of sweets and candy! You’ll learn how to pipe a royal icing drip for a snow effect and how to make various candy wheels and decorations from sugarpaste.


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6. Making the wheels

Paul shows you how to make a collection of different styled wheels for the Gingerbread Express!

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7. Decorating the locomotive

Now it’s time to decorate the front of the train, similar to the carriages with lots of different candy and sweets.

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8. Decorating the board

Before transferring the train to the board, Paul adds sugarpaste supports to hold the train in place then covers it with a royal icing snow effect.

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9. Finishing touches

Now it’s time to transfer the train onto the board and add some final decorations, be careful! 

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10. Other Ideas

Paul shares some other ideas to use on your own design.

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11. PRO Lesson

In this lesson, Paul talks about how to price and sell the Gingerbread Express!

The Gingerbread Express Cake Tutorial

All aboard the Gingerbread Express! In this tutorial, multi-award winning Paul Bradford shows you how to make this excellent gingerbread train using a combination of cake and gingerbread bakes! This is a great design, simple to make and a great way to get the whole family together on Christmas!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Bake gingerbread biscuit
  • Build gingerbread carriages
  • Carve and ganache the train
  • Make Christmas decorations
  • 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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