Valentine’s Gift Basket Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Valentine’s Gift Basket
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 17
Decorating time: 4 hours
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Bite Sized

Watch Paul make the Valentine’s Gift Basket cake in just one minute!

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Hand-picked highlights from the whole course.

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1. Carving the cake

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to carve the layered cake into the shape of your basket. 

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2. Ganaching the cake

Now that the cake has been carved, it’s time to cover it with a smooth layer of ganache.

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3. Covering the cake

Paul shows you an easy technique to cover the cake all in one go with a nice smooth finish. If you’re having trouble covering the cake in one go, Paul shows you the quick and effective pleat method to cover the cake as an alternative.

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4. Creating the basket weave

Now the fun begins! In this lesson, Paul shows you how to create the lovely basket weave effect.

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5. Making the handle

In this lesson, Paul shows you how to make the handle using armature wire. 

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6. Covering the handle

Now that the internal structure of the handle has been made, Paul makes sure that the handle is all covered up in sugarpaste. 


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7. Painting the basket

In this lesson, Paul applies a light two toned effect to the basket to give off a shabby chic look.


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8. Covering the board

Paul shows you how to cover the board around the cake. 


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9. Making the bow

Paul teaches you how to make a lovely ribbon from sugarpaste, a very versatile decoration that can be used on almost any kind of cake!

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10. Making the decorations

in this lesson, you will learn how to make the little love hearts and gift decorations for the basket.

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11. Teddy bear body & legs

Paul shows you how to make the body and legs for the cute teddy bear.

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12. Teddy bear head & arms

In this lesson, Paul shows you his technique to making the bears head and arms.

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13. Finishing touches

Paul adds some little touch ups to complete the cake.

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14. Other Ideas

Paul gives you some other ideas to use on your own cake.

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15. PRO Lesson

in this lesson, Paul shares insider knowledge on selling your own cakes.

Valentine’s Gift Basket Cake

In this valentine’s themed tutorial, multi-award winning Paul Bradford shows you how to make this cute little gift basket cake complete with sugarpaste decorations and teddy bear!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Carve & ganache 
  • Create a basket weave
  • Build an internal structure
  • Make sugarpaste decorations
  • and much, much more

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Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

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