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Incredible Cut-Out Cakes

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Expand your offerings with spectacular, budget-friendly cakes for more business and happy customers. Transform sheet cakes into custom designs with dramatic dimension.

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What You Get

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

How it works

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Easily create detailed graphic cakes with intriguing depth alongside cake artist Mike McCarey. Learn the process through three projects: a cuddly teddy bear cake, an eye-catching birthday cake shaped like the number 5 and a mascot cake featuring a heroic knight. Start with how to create angled layers for a wedge-shaped tier with impressive dimension, and get tips for carving your cakes into a base for any design. Then, make amazing designs a breeze using templates and layering techniques. Enhance your work with airbrushing, buttercream color washes and easy piped patterns. Discover the secrets for succeeding at designs with many colors and fine details. Add height to any element of your design with modeling chocolate spacers. Plus, finish your cakes with a touch of 3-D magic. Learn simple yet impactful techniques to create custom cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Cut-Out Cakes
Master cake sculptor and artist Mike McCarey introduces you to his unique cut-out cakes and shows you how these amazing cakes are the perfect marriage between a client's wishes and their budget. Witness how Mike elevates a two-dimensional cake to new heights. You'll learn how to carve topsy-turvy layers into basic shapes, and how you can use modeling chocolate or fondant to create dimensional and colorful tops.
2. Teddy Bear Cake: Shaping the Base
3. Teddy Bear Cake: Assembly & Finishing
4. Number 5 Cake: Shaping & Paneling
5. Number 5 Cake: Scribing, Piping & Backfilling
6. Go Knights: Patterns, Parts & Dimension
7. Adding 3-D Elements

Taught by

Mike McCarey
Mike McCarey
Since 1995, Mike McCarey has focused on pastry at his bakery, Mike's Amazing Cakes, in Redmond, Washington. In between teaching cake architecture and sculpting around the country and appearing on The Food Network as competitor and judge, Mike works magic in cake. His clients have included Starbucks, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Palmer and even the legendary Julia Child.

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