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Topsy-Turvy Cake Construction

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Award-winning cake artist Richard Ruskell takes cake in new directions ... literally. Construct a multi-tiered cake they'll never forget!

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Richard Ruskell
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Learn how to make Richard Ruskell's gravity-defying, multi-tiered cakes! Start with a sketch, review design considerations and do the math as Richard teaches you the engineering secrets behind these amazing cakes. Learn which types of cakes and fillings are ideal and then learn how to construct a support system, fix errors with simple tricks and much more. Richard will show you how to cover your tiers and separators in fondant, how to stack your cake and share his tips for transporting these jaw-dropping creations.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet Richard Ruskell, winner of Last Cake Standing and an expert in cakes that lean, sprawl and move!
2. Materials
3. Engineering
4. Applying Fondant
5. Cutting Shapes
6. Stacking
7. Decorating
8. Transportation
9. Variations

Taught by

Richard Ruskell
Richard Ruskell
Twice named "One of the 10 Best Pastry Chefs in America," Richard attended the French Culinary Institute in New York and is also known as the winner of the Food Network's "Last Cake Standing."

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