Giant Bookbug Cake

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Skill Level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 24
Decoration Time: 2 DAYS

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  • 2 x 6” Square by 3” deep chocolate cakes

Cake Card and Drums

  • 5 x 10” round cake cards
  • 2 x 8” round cake cards
  • 2 x 8” square cake card

Ganache/ Buttercream

  • 9kg Ganache
  • 6  x 250g box of unsalted butter, 3kg icing sugar


  • 2.5kg Red sugarpaste
  • 5kg White sugarpaste
  • 1.5kg green sugarpaste
  • 1kg Baby blue sugarpaste
  • 1kg Lilac sugarpaste
  • 1kg Pink sugarpaste
  • 600g Blue sugarpaste
  • 400g White flower paste
  • 50g Flour paste

Paints and Dusts

  • Large paintbrush
  • Black airbrush paint
  • Brown airbrush paint
  • Red airbrush paint
  • Orange airbrush paint
  • Yellow airbrush paint
  • White airbrush paint


  • 30” x 24” by 15mm thick Plywood board
  • 20” long by 16mm thick wooden dowels x 3
  • 10” long by 16mm thick wooden dowel x 1
  • Bamboo skewers
  • 70 plastic dowels
  • Tin foil
  • Icing sugar
  • Baking paper
  • Edible glue
  • 2 x 12” round by 3” deep polystyrene cake dummies
  • 10” by 7” by 3” deep polystyrene cake dummy
  • 9” Square by 6” by 3” deep polystyrene cake dummy
  • Edible wafer paper


  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Palette knife


  • Size 1 paintbrush
  • Size 6 paintbrush

Modelling Tools

  • PME modelling tools

Cakey Tools

  • Rolling pin
  • Number 6 PME star nozzle
  • Piping bag
  • FMM Tapits


  • Hot glue gun
  • Airbrush
  • Jigsaw cutter
  • Ruler
  • Jigsaw cutter
  • Hand power drill
  • Size 16 spade bit
Join Paul for our latest cake tutorial Giant Bookbug

Standing at 5 foot tall this cake is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Paul was commissioned to make this cake by the Scottish Book Trust for the opening of a new shop.

In this week's tutorial, Paul shows you how to make this monster of a cake but keeping it as simple as possible. This tutorial is an excellent one to learn for anyone looking take on a challenging design that could be used at charity events, large birthday parties and functions.

This is a larger than life cake that will certainly impress anyone who stands next to it.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to design a cake board
  • Cake stacking
  • Cake carving
  • Making book cakes
  • Airbrushing
  • Creating a structured cake
  • and much much more!

Don't forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and the rest of the Sugarcraft community on our Facebook group.

Who knows? You may even end up featured in one of our monthly members' cake blogs.


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 185,000+ students.  
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