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A Cake for Every Occasion

with Mary Maher
A Cake for Every Occasion
Deliver unexpected cakes and unforgettable reactions using versatile decorating techniques. Create adorable teapot cakes perfect for a range of special occasions.

Create three charming teapot cakes with acclaimed cake artist Mary Maher. You'll learn to stack, support and sculpt a teapot from cake before covering it in fondant. Then, add a handle, spout, lid and customized finial. With your teapot constructed, discover Mary's valuable decorating techniques as you work through three delightful designs. Bring a garden-themed cake to life with vibrant, three-dimensional flowers, vines and leaves. Decorate a beautiful butterfly-themed cake to bring wide-eyed excitement to girls' birthday parties. Plus, create a marvel of modern style as you apply a trendy ikat pattern and custom monogram to a cake that's a breathtaking addition to bridal showers and beyond. Surprise guests with lighthearted cakes that are sure to be everyone's cup of tea.

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Lesson 1. Sculpting & Stacking the Cake

  • Meet your instructor, cake decorator Mary Maher, and jump right into creating your teapot cake! Make your initial cuts as you carve craft foam for your teapot base. Then stack and carve your teapot out of cake, no templates needed! Mary shows you how to freehand all of your carving and offers tips along the way, from safety tips and proper technique to cake and buttercream selection.


Lesson 2. Icing & Fondant

  • Discover Maryís sure-fire method for adding a thick buttercream coat to your sculpture without altering its spherical shape. Then, smooth the final coat of buttercream with an inexpensive homemade tool before you cover your cake in fondant ó measuring, cutting, seaming and smoothing to perfection.


Lesson 3. Handle & Spout

  • Switch mediums as you get a primer in working with modeling chocolate. Mary demonstrates how to create 3-D embellishments as she wires, rolls out and shapes the teapot handle and spout. Learn how to properly secure these pieces to your cake as well.


Lesson 4. Lid & Finial

  • Complete your teapot structure as Mary shows you how to mold a top using common objects from your kitchen. Then, she offers ideas for a personal, one-of-a-kind finial for the recipient of your cake.


Lesson 5. Garden Party

  • Now that youíve built and covered your teapot cake, itís time to customize its decoration. In the first variation, Mary shows you how to create handmade posies that have a ceramic feel to them. Make your flowers using a simple circle cutter and a few tools and then add hand-painted glaze to give them just a bit of shine. Finish your cake as you apply your design and add more glaze.


Lesson 6. Butterfly Birthday

  • Learn how to create a custom stamp out of piping gel. Add quilled details to your cake and use a punch cutter to make even more adorable accents. While this cake is perfect for a little girlís birthday, the techniques Mary demonstrates could be used to create any design to fit any occasion!


Lesson 7. Bridal Shower Ikat Cake

  • In your final variation, create a custom pin-prick stamp, perfect for transferring a pattern multiple times. Mary demonstrates this technique using a trendy ikat design and discusses what types of motifs work best for this method. Personalize this cake with a monogram and discover how molded fondant accents can add even more luscious texture to your beautiful teapot.

"Mary is so clear and precise giving her instructions, that leaves no doubt on how to do it. This class has a perfect pace and is so full of tricks and techniques that you will be able to use in other projects."
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