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Victor the Viking

with Karen Keaney
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 1 Day
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1. Preparing the stand

Karen has already cut the MDF board to shape and put the stand together but fear not as it is very simple assembly as you will see.

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2. Cutting the cake

In this lesson you’ll learn how to cut and carve the cake into shape in preparation for being covered in ganache.

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3. Ganaching the cake

Karen now adds a layer of ganache and smooths it off using a flexi smoother. Just make sure not to flatten out the area where the eyes have been cut out.

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4. Building the face pt 1

Here Karen begins to build up the facial features using modelling chocolate using a select few modelling tools. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it looks, although of course in practice might be a little trickier.

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5. Building the face pt 2

Karen continues adding extra pieces of modelling chocolate to form more wrinkles as well as emphasising the chin a little more, before allowing it all to set.

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6. Covering the board

Karen then rolls out some red sugarpaste to around 3mm and covers the board allowing it to dry a little before covering the face.

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7. Covering the face

The face now starts to come to life as Karen rolls out flesh coloured sugarpaste to around 2mm then covers the face.  Using sugar shapers and a dresden tool she brings the features to life.

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8. Painting the eyes

Always a tricky part of any design, but watch how Karen carefully paints in the features to the point where you think he’s actually watching you!

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9. Making the helmet

Using dark modelling chocolate and a very cool Celtic impression rolling pin Karen makes a helmet for our Viking.

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10. Finishing the helmet

Using a silver dust mixed with alcohol Karen gets a lovely silver tone for the helmet, which she brushes over the Celtic impression lightly so as not to lose any detail. She then goes on to make horns using white modelling chocolate.

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11. Finishing touches

Getting down to the finishing touches, this is where you’ll learn how Karen makes the realistic facial hair. Shen then gets the airbrush out with a little glaze and finishes it all off.

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12. 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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13. 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.

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14. Highlights

Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 12 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

Have you ever seen a cake mounted like a shield? Karen Keaney from Roses and Bows Cakery has really pulled out all the stops to make this fantastic freestanding Viking head shield.
Victor the Viking would be brilliant for a birthday or Halloween party and the possibilities are truly endless. With the skills learned you will be able to carve any face you like!
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make a standing cake stand, carve the cake into tricky shapes, mould a realistic face with modelling chocolate, detail work with sugarpaste, make realistic facial hair, edible painting and lots more! This cake is ideal for an advanced cake designer or an intermediate looking for a new challenge.

We'd love to see your take on Victor the Viking - so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

Karen Keaney

Karen Keaney

Karen Keaney is a multi award winning cake decorator and owner of her custom cake decorating business, Roses and Bows Cakery. Known for her airbrushing skills, sculpted cakes and her unique approach to cake design, Karen's cake designs are unique and instantly recognizable.

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