Ganaching the cake pt 1
Learn how to increase the height of your cake then layer with ganache. You’ll also be introduced to Paul’s thoughts on various scrapers while he’s busy ganaching.
Ganaching the cake pt 2
After leaving the ganache to set in the fridge Paul then starts to finish off the ganaching stage by getting the cake level with sharp edges and finishes off with a final brush over.
Covering the cake
Paul introduces us to some new clever tools for getting sharp edges on your cakes. He rolls out a large piece of sugarpaste to around 4mm and drapes it over the cake and works into the pleats to achieve a neat finish.
Making the orchid pt 1
Using cream coloured wafer paper Paul begins cutting out petals for the orchid.
Making the orchid pt 2
Paul starts putting the orchids together with a little water and some 24 gauge florist wire.
Making the orchid pt 3
Paul finishes putting the orchid together and using a ball tool achieves a nice natural movement in the petals.
Dusting the orchids
Learn how to use different dusts to create the wonderful orchid colours along with the tell tale print in their centres.
Putting it all together
After making the orchids it’s now time to arrange them. This can be a very subjective exercise, but Paul talks you through his thought process.
While finishing putting the orchids together Paul a moment of inspiration and changes the design slightly. Again, he talks you through his thought process and how he goes about implementing the change.
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.
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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.
Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into a 8 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.
- 6” by 3.5” deep chocolate cake
- 400g Dark chocolate ganache
Cake Card and Drums
- 6” Round cake card
- 6” Round cake drum
- 10” Round cake drum
- 1kg Black sugarpaste
Paints and Dusts
- Radiant Gold
- Sunburst Gold
- Royal Gold
- Wafer paper sheets
- 24 Gauge florist wire
- High percentage alcohol
- Palette knife
- Sharp cutting knife
- Serrated knife
- Large pastry brush
- Ball tool
- Metal bench scraper
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