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with Mike McCarey
Online Class

Incredible Cut-Out Cakes

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h32m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to Cut-Out Cakes

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

2. Teddy Bear Cake: Shaping the Base

Get started on your first cake as Mike shows you how to split layers at an angle and then stack them to create a wedge-shaped tier. Learn Mike's method for using a pattern to carve the cake and gather professional tips for achieving round corners and smooth cuts. Cut too much? Not a problem; Mike shows you how to create a seamless patch. Finally, see how Mike crumb coats his cut-out cakes so that they're ready for a covering of fondant.

3. Teddy Bear Cake: Assembly & Finishing

3. Teddy Bear Cake: Assembly & Finishing

Delve into the unique challenges these cut-out cakes pose when covering with fondant. Learn the best techniques for draping fondant over your cake and how to smooth it around a curved surface that has lots of corners and crevices, too. Then, start on your teddy bear art as Mike shows you how to layer on pieces of modeling chocolate to create greater dimension. Discover how to give your design more depth and detail with airbrushed accents. Finally, see how using an edible image will significantly cut down your labor but still give clients an attractive, cost-effective option.