Toni the Tiger Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Toni the Tiger
with Zoe Fox
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 10
Decorating time: 1 Day
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Here we have carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 5 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Working on the board

To kick us off, Zoe shows us how to texture the board with a lovely ground textured effect using only tin foil. She then shows us how to bring it to life with airbrush work.

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2. Carving the head

Zoe shows us how to carve the cake to the shape of a tiger’s head using small, but well thought out, cuts using a sharp cutting knife. The features, such as the eyes, will be built up later with sugarpaste as opposed to being carved at this stage.

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3. Building up the features

Zoe adds facial features to the tiger using pieces of modelling chocolate, which she then blends into the cake using the dresden tool.

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4. Covering the cake

Zoe then rolls out a large piece of sugarpaste – around 4mm in thickness – and works it around the facial features.

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5. Adding texture

Zoe completes the eyes by building the outer parts with pieces of sugarpaste and blends them into the face. She then adds texture using the dresden tool, mimicking what she sees in her reference picture, paying attention to hair length and direction.

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6. Adding fur detail

Zoe adds fur textures and shares a great technique for creating the ruffles of hair that surround the tiger’s face.

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7. Finishing touches

Zoe adds the finishing touches of airbrushing and completes the nose and eyes with a little edible glaze to really bring it to life.

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8. Other ideas

Zoe shares some other ideas you can try out when making this cake. We’re sure you have some of your own great ideas and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Share your wonderful snaps with us on our Facebook page.

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9. Pro lesson

In this lesson, Zoe shares some insider information about the cost to make this cake, as well as pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

Zoe Fox introduces us to her incredible Toni the Tiger cake.
It’s perfect for a party and would sit quite magnificently as a centrepiece amongst a banquet of food. This design can be adapted in many ways, and with the skills learned you will be able to create all kinds of animals.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to: carve cake into a detailed tiger head, work with ganache, cover awkward shapes with sugarpaste, build up facial features with modelling chocolate, create fine detail with modelling tools, airbrush work and much more! This cake is perfect for an intermediate to advanced cake designer, and is a fantastic cake to have in your portfolio.

We’d love to see your take on the Toni the Tiger cake – so make sure you share your snaps with us on our Facebook page.

Zoe Fox

Zoe Fox

Zoe Fox began her business 4 years ago after combining several passions in her life together, baking, art and animals! Zoe is well known in the industry for her realism in her animal creations and has received 8 awards including 5 gold awards at The Cake International Show for them. She has had her work featured in both Cake Craft and Decoration Magazine, and Cake Masters Magazine. She was also a finalist for the Cake Masters Award for Personality of the Year 2014 and has recently won Cake Masters Award 2016 for Best Collaboration for her project 'Bakers Unite to Fight'. Zoe only started tutoring during 2016 and her main area of expertise is sculpting and airbrushing.
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