Welcome to the Dark Side Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Welcome to the Dark Side
with Danielle Gotheridge
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
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 9 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Cutting the letters

Danielle starts off by cutting out the letters freehand from her very own flower paste, which is great for quick drying. Remember to cut those lines with confidence, in one movement, to get the sharp finish.

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2. Making the chains and cuffs

Danielle shows us how to make edible chains from flower paste, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. She then goes on to to make marbled cuffs, which she sets aside to dry.

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3. Making the skulls and gravestones

Danielle shows us how to make a skull from one large piece of flower paste. She also cuts out shapes to create the gravestones, using a strong, sharp knife.

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4. Making the Roses

Danielle makes lovely, large sugarpaste roses using a very simple and quick technique. The trick is not to smudge the pieces of sugarpaste too thinly.

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5. Painting the silhouette

Danielle uses two sizes of paintbrush and a sponge to create a haunting silhouette of an old house and a tree. Remember… paint with confidence and work quickly – as thinking too much can ruin it.

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6. Painting the decorations pt 1

Danielle paints the letters and the roses with a thick blood red, to add a brilliant horror effect.

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7. Painting the decorations pt 2

Danielle finishes off the painting by adding text to the gravestones. She uses a sponge to add a gold finish to the shackles, creating a lovely texture.

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8. The wrap technique

Danielle’s sought after wrap technique has drawn a lot of attention to her and her unique cake designs. Try it out for yourself, with Danielle’s guidance showing you how to roll out the correct shape and thickness of sugarpaste.

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9. Adding the decorations

In this lesson, Danielle adds the dry decorations using a little edible glue applied with her finger.

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10. Making the models

In this lesson Danielle shows us how to make models, including head, arms, torso and legs – using a knife and a toothpick!

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11. Finishing touches

Danielle adds the models to the cakes along with a couple more roses and a little bit of colour to the house silhouette.

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12. Other ideas

Paul shares some inspirational ideas you can give a bash during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

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13. Pro lesson

In this extra Pro lesson you’ll find insider information about the cost to make this cake, as well as pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

This cake strikes the perfect balance of creepiness, creativity and good old fashioned fun. It’s a feast for the eyes and a winner with all fans of the macabre.
The Welcome to the Dark Side design is ideal for a big party, and can be adapted to suit any occasion.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do the wrap technique, creepy modelling work, lots of interesting sugarpaste decorations, edible flowers, edible painting, make custom edible letters and lots more! This cake is ideal for an intermediate or a beginner looking for a new challenge.

We’d love to see your take on Welcome to the Dark Side – so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

Danielle Gotheridge

Danielle Gotheridge

Multi Award Winner Danielle Gotheridge has been designing wow factor cakes for over 10 years and has taught herself and created techniques for 5 years. Danielle’s fresh approach to edible art has attracted thousands over the years, leading her to produce cakes for many celebrities including Justin Beiber, Pauline Quirk, The Wanted and many more!

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