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Topsy-Turvy Cake Construction

with Richard Ruskell
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


Lesson 3. Engineering


Lesson 4. Applying Fondant


Lesson 5. Cutting Shapes


Lesson 6. Stacking


Lesson 7. Decorating


Lesson 8. Transportation


Lesson 9. Variations

"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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