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Topsy-Turvy Cake Construction

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

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. 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Richard Ruskell, winner of Last Cake Standing and an expert in cakes that lean, sprawl and move!


Lesson 2. Materials

  • Richard discusses the supplies you'll use in this class.


Lesson 3. Engineering

  • Sketch out your cake design and learn how to add structural support. Take into consideration the type of cake and fillings you use; their consistencies will affect your final outcome.


Lesson 4. Applying Fondant

  • Learn best practices for preparing and applying fondant to your cakes and Richard's amazingly simple and precise way of adding a ribbon border.


Lesson 5. Cutting Shapes

  • Richard demonstrates how to to perfectly slice and cover tier separators as well as how to prepare cake boards so that they line up when it comes time to construct the cake.


Lesson 6. Stacking

  • Learn to assemble topsy-turvy cakes like a gravity-defying pro as Richard shows you how to install the center pole and build the cake up from the bottom.


Lesson 7. Decorating

  • Richard shows you a simple method of decorating your cake using fondant and cookie cutters.


Lesson 8. Transportation

  • Richard details how to move your cake from the kitchen to the party, offering invaluable tips gleaned from years of experience.


Lesson 9. Variations

  • Get inspired by some of Richard's very own topsy-turvy cake creations.

"I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about taking a cake class online. Richard sure changed my mind about that! The class was very informative and thorough on details. I watched the class all the way through and now I'm ready to go back and take it step by step to create my own Topsy Turvy Cake. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to take this class. I appreciate that I can refer back to whenever I want!"
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