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Elegant Techniques for Flawless Cakes

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Set your cakes apart with simple techniques for flawless, professional-quality results that delight and impress your clients.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Helen Mansey
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Product Details

Learn techniques for clean, consistent, elegant celebration cakes. Professional cake decorator Helen Mansey starts by revealing the importance of using ganache under fondant for a beautiful finish and sharp edges. And, discover how to expertly troubleshoot broken ganache. Then, learn the key to creating a perfect ganache shell and find out how to apply fondant smoothly to get razor-sharp edges. You won't believe how professional your cakes will look! Next up, find out how to transfer any design onto your cake using an embosser. And, experiment with pressure piping and over-piping techniques to create custom messages on your cakes for meaningful results. Finally, learn how to create and attach delicate lace pieces to any cake, and make an elegant topper using pastillage.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Making Perfect Ganache
Begin by learning the importance of using ganache under fondant for a flawless finish and super-sharp edges. Then, find out how to keep chocolate within temper when melting, for ganache that consistently sets up smooth and firm. Plus, get troubleshooting tips for saving your ganache if it becomes separated.
2. Torting, Filling & Crumb Coating
3. Achieving a Sharp Fondant Edge
4. Embossed Designs
5. Perfect Piping Techniques
6. Lace
7. "Love" Topper

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Taught by

Helen Mansey
Helen Mansey
Helen Mansey's background in fashion design and cookery were the keys to fueling the conception of her successful wedding cake business, Bellissimo Cakes. She is a regular contributor to Wedding Cakes, Cakes & Sugarcraft and Bake School magazines, and she served as a contributing author to The Gourmand Best UK Cookbook for Professionals 2014. She is the author of Bellissimo Wedding Cakes and creator of Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers, a cake smoother set for producing crisp edges on cakes. Helen also teaches at Squires Kitchen International School in Surrey.

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