Tyre ‘n’ Mechanic Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Tyre ‘n’ Mechanic
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 15
Decorating time: 2 Days
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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into a 11 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Making the stand

In this lessons you learn how to prepare the stand for the tyre, making sure it is structurally safe and not going to roll off anywhere.

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2. Making the tyre pt 1

Paul then rolls out some black sugarpaste to cover the top of the cake cutting out a circle where the alloys will be placed.

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3. Making the tyre pt 2

After filming the last lesson Paul realised that he should really have rounded off both sides of the cake and so just adds it on here. Shows that we are almost live when we do the filming!

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4. Making the tyre pt 3

Paul uses his shaped cutter to make up the tread to put around the tyre, which starts to bring it to life.

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5. Making the Alloy pt 1

After finishing the tread Paul gets to work on creating the alloy with the help of a small lily cutter.

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6. Finishing the alloy/ covering the board

In this lesson Paul finishes the alloy making various shapes with grey sugarpaste to give it that sporty look. You’ll then learn how to create a really cool looking chequered board.

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7. Finishing the tyre

Paul then finishes adding texture to the tyre using a pme modelling tool and then finishes by adding some glaze, which really adds a sense of realism to the overall look.

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8. Making the mechanic pt 1

Now time to learn how to create the model with his lovely blue dungarees and big protective boots.

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9. Making the mechanic pt 2

Time now learn how to add the arms, hands and that all important spanner using flesh coloured modelling paste. The key is to make sure both arms are an equal size so worth watching how he does that. 

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10. Making the mechanic pt 3

Bringing the body parts together and placing the spanner starts to bring our mechanic to life, but he’s still missing something! Worth checking out the next lesson.

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11. Lesson 11 - Making the mechanic's head

Now to the most challenging part of the design as you learn how to make the entire face from one piece of paste. Using only a couple of modelling tools Paul shows a range of techniques to help bring out the features.

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12. Finishing touches

Now to the finishing touches where Paul gives our mechanic his hair and a cap.  Paul’s finishing magic ingredient makes another appearance here with edible dust to bring the mechanic to life.

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13. 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.

Share your pics with us on our Facebook page.

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14. Pro lesson

In this lesson, Paul 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.

Although we have a number of car cake tutorials on the site until now there hadn’t been anything for the mechanics who keep them on the road. So, here it is! A tutorial that tackles 2 major skills…making a 3D tyre and making a sitting sugar model. What more could you ask for?

This design is perfect for a birthday or perhaps something for your local garage or mechanic after a job well done. The techniques learned there are endless potential designs. A fun cake that will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face and have the guests asking…’how did they do that?’

Follow this tutorial to pick up some new skills and techniques, which include creating a stand to support a standing circular cake, working with ganache, creating a realistic tyre, modelling work, edible dust work and lot’s more. Perfect for an intermediate cake designer or for a beginner looking for a challenge.

We’d love to see your take on the Tyre ‘n’ Mechanic – so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

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.  
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