Pirate Shark

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Skill Level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 15
Decoration Time: 2 Days

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  • 1x 8” Round chocolate cake
  • 1x 6” Round chocolate cake


  • 800g Dark Chocolate ganache


  • Light grey
  • Blue
  • dark grey/blue
  • White
  • Black
  • Red
  • Light blue


  • Rice crispy treats
  • 14” round by 12mm thick MDF baseboard
  • 6” and 4” round by 6mm thick MDF discs
  • Cake card
  • Bubble tea straws
  • Cocktail sticks/skewers
  • 10mm threaded bars
  • Washers, hex nuts, lock nuts
  • Board covering foil
  • Tin foil

Janette refers to Laura Miller from Sugar and Spice’s  Modelling Chocolate Recipe:

1 bag of Wilton Candy melts
110g golden syrup
Melt candy melts
Warm syrup a little
Stir together
Pour out onto tray
Leave to set
Take small pieces and knead until pliable


  • Palette knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Serrated carving knife
  • Scalpel

Modelling Tools

  • Dresden tool

Cakey Tools

  • Circle cutters
  • Skull crossbones mould
  • Rolling pin


  • Spanners
  • Hand drill and jigsaw
  • Edible black pen
Looking for a cake that has glint in its eye? Guest tutor Janette introduces us to the Pirate Shark Cake. Just look at that menacing smile...
This super fun design would be perfect for a kid's birthday party or for any lover of all things pirate and sea creature themed. It's not only an impressive gravity defying design, but a big feeder too! Plus this design can be adapted in a variety of ways to suit all sorts of occasions.
Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to assemble a gravity defying stand, carve cake, work with ganache, model with sugarpaste, cover awkward shapes and much more. With the skills learned you'll soon take your cake game to the next level.
We'd love to see your take on the Pirate Shark Cake - so make sure you share your snaps with us on our Facebook page
Janette MacPherson

Janette MacPherson

Janette is a self-taught cake designer based in Drumnadrochit in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. With a University Degree in Animation and a previous career as a Graphic Designer, she is now a lucky Mummy of three who unleashes her creative needs in cake form. Janette specialises in bespoke, personalised, highly detailed designs which capture memories, create a talking point and have even brought tears to eyes. Figure modelling is her speciality. She can create figures and pets from photographs and also replicate any personal items such as beloved teddies, favourite hobbies, outfits.... whatever you need!
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