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The Perfect Finish: 25 Realistic Techniques

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Use simple techniques to create food-inspired decorations partygoers can't believe are made from sugar.

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  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Amber McKenney

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Learn modeling, texturing and coloring techniques to create amazing accents for food cakes and many other designs. Alongside cake artist Amber McKenney, you'll start by using basic modeling and texturing methods to create convincing sugar grapes, kumquats, scallions, celery and figs. Achieve more complex textures as you easily craft amazing blue cheese, broccoli, red onion and lettuce leaf decorations. Then, discover essential airbrushing and hand-painting techniques for creating color gradients, layering and highlights that bring your foods to life. Move on to enhancing the textures you've already created with smooth and shining finishes. Plus, create woodgrain panels for a crate cake, and arrange your fruits and vegetables inside for a result that looks like it came straight from the farmers' market.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Textures I: Simple Effects
Meet cake decorator Amber McKenney and get started building your own realistic cake decorations! Amber starts off with techniques for crafting round grapes and kumquats as well as perfect scallions and celery stalks as she shares her hints for texturing your treats.
2. Textures II: Unusual Effects
3. Coloring I: Gradients & Layering
4. Coloring II: Creative Textures
5. Smooth & Shine
6. Wood Techniques
7. Creating Arrangements

Taught by

Amber McKenney
Amber McKenney
Amber McKenney is the owner of Sweet on Cake, a boutique-style custom cakery located in Napa, California. She opened her business in 2009 after getting her start at a renowned wedding cake bakery. Amber has competed on Food Network Challenge six times, and her cakes have been featured in numerous magazines and wedding blogs, including Martha Stewart Weddings and People magazine. In 2014, Amber was named one of the top cake makers in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

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