Oktoberfest Beer Barrel

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Skill Level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 20
Decoration Time: 2 Days

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  • 2 x 8” Round by 3” deep chocolate cake


  • 1.6 kg Dark chocolate ganache

Cake Card and Drums

  • 2 x 16” Square cake drums
  • 2 x 14” Square cake drums
  • 2 x 8” Square cake card


  • 3.6 kg White sugarpaste
  • 250g Black sugarpaste

Paints and Dusts

  • Airbrush colours 
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Orange
  • Yellow


  • 1 x A4 edible printer paper
  • 2 x 8” Round by 6” deep polystyrene cake dummies
  • 1 x 500ml bottle of beer
  • 1 x Craft of wine (to get tap)
  • 5 x 4cm screws
  • Tin foil
  • Edible Glue
  • Pen
  • 18 mm Spade bit drill
  • Plastic Dowels
  • Duck tape
  • Cling Film
  • Small plastic bottle
  • Tin foil
  • 4x 4 cm Screws
  • Garden hose 25” in length
  • 1 x Compression Female 90 Degree Elbow (like this)




  • Serrated knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Palette knife
  • Craft knife


  • Leaf cutter


  • Paint Brush to apply edible glue

Modelling Tools

  • PME modelling tools

Cakey Tools



Up for a challenge? Fancy a pint? The Oktoberfest Beer Barrel cake is perfect for you. Paul has come up with a way where you can have your cake... and drink it! Not only does this design look fantastic, but it actually works as a fully functioning beer barrel. Carved from yummy chocolate mud cake and covered in dark chocolate ganache, this cake is tasty too!
Which this design is ideal for a beer lover, you aren't limited to the type of tipple it contains. Imagine having this at a large party with champagne pouring from it - decadent! The possibilities are endless. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to assemble a stand, basic wood work, carve and cover a cake with style, work with ganache, basic airbrushing, create edible leaves, create a working barrel and so much more. With the skills learned you'll be able to create all kinds of fun functioning designs. This cake is perfect for intermediate cake designers looking for a new challenge - and a what a fantastic addition to your cake portfolio.

We'd love to see your take on the Oktobeerfest Beer Barrel  - so share your snaps 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 185,000+ students.  
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