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Sculpting Essentials: The Perfect Sphere

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Learn carving and decorating skills to make sensational, spherical cakes simple. Create the perfect cakes for anyone who loves sports or fun in the sun.

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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 Kimberly Bailey
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Make unforgettable, spherical cakes that look just like baseballs, volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls and beach balls. Find out how alongside Kimberly Bailey, the owner of The Butter End Cakery. Start by building a straightforward armature featuring a simple half-sphere support for your cake. Next, Kimberly will teach you her techniques for stacking, filling and carving your cake with confidence. Worried you'll mess up? Discover how to make mistakes disappear using a simple buttercream fix. You'll also see how to apply a ganache crumb coat that unifies your cake and its support to create a smooth ball. Then, Kimberly will guide you step by step through using fondant to decorate an amazing array of ball designs.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Building the Base
Meet Kimberly Bailey, owner of The Butter End Cakery and your guide to creating perfectly-spherical confections. Every ball cake needs a secure base, and Kimberly is there to guide you step-by-step through the process of building one, from constructing your armature to attaching a polystyrene sphere.
2. Sculpting Your Cake
3. Ganache & Fondant
4. The Baseball Cake
5. The Basketball Cake
6. The Beach Ball Cake
7. Creating a Beach Showpiece

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Taught by

Kimberly  Bailey
Kimberly Bailey
Kimberly Bailey discovered her love of cake decorating while battling cancer. A year after she began making cakes, Kimberly opened The Butter End Cakery in Santa Monica, California. As she puts it, "I feel lucky. And happier than ever. Sometimes the greatest gifts come in the strangest wrapping." Kimberly's cakes can be found in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Cake Geek and People. She was also honored in Brides magazine for creating one of the 50 Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes.

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