Learn how to make a dress cake that can captivate a crowd alongside award-winning decorator Anne Heap. Start by building a sturdy and beautiful stand with easy-to-find materials and simple skills. Learn to sculpt cake layers into an elegant flared skirt. Then, carve rice cereal treats into the perfect bodice base, and confidently cover it in fondant. Bring your skirt to life with chic sugar ruffles and an overlay with dramatic draping. Easily create exquisite panels for your bodice and apply them for a lifelike look. Add details that mimic structured boning, skillful stitching lines and grommets you'll lace up with sugar ribbons. Finish your design with a beautiful bow and a string of striking sugar pearls for a dazzling dress that party guests won't ever forget!
Meet your instructor, renowned cake designer Anne Heap, as she introduces you to the breathtaking dress cakes you'll learn how to make over the course of the class. Kick off your first project by constructing a sturdy base using Anne's helpful tips, and prepare a variety of sugar details such as metal-inspired feet and finials, beautiful beads for the pearl necklace and dainty ruffles for the underskirt.
Dive into the sculpting phase as Anne helps you transform ordinary cake layers into a beautiful flared skirt form. Start by stacking your layers and carving them into a smooth cone shape before applying a luscious layer of buttercream. Next, tap into your inner artist as you carve a gallery-worthy bodice simply using a deliciously oversized rice cereal bar and a serrated knife.
Add seamless layers of fondant to the skirt and bodice pieces using Anne's professional techniques to help you along the way. Tackle the daunting curves and edges of the bodice as you improve your fondant-covering skills, adding dimension and artistic details to your sculpture. Next, Anne shows you how to create gorgeous variations such as woodgrain and decoupage patterns, and helps you secure your covered skirt to the base.