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Advanced Cake Sculpting


with Mike McCarey
Learn how to sculpt a cake that will turn heads! Cake artist Mike McCarey shares his secrets for constructing and carving a truly sweet caricature.

With wit and wisdom, Mike will teach you how to sculpt your cake and decorate it with lifelike features made out of fondant and modeling chocolate, using reference photos of your subject. The oversized head offers the advantages of easier carving, lots of cake to serve, and best of all, a light-hearted and humorous way to celebrate your subject. This cake-decorating class also includes some serious cake-stand construction. You’ll learn how to build a sturdy and customized support structure before stacking layers of delicious cake reinforced with buttercream (recipes included!).

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Lesson 1. Meet Mike McCarey

  • Meet your instructor, cake artist Mike McCarey, owner of Mike's Amazing Cakes, and learn about this advanced class.


Lesson 2. References & Patterns


Lesson 3. Building the Structure


Lesson 4. Assembling the Cake


Lesson 5. Sculpting the Cake


Lesson 6. Refining the Face


Lesson 7. Adding Fondant


Lesson 8. Adding Ears, Brows & Hair


Lesson 9. Legs, Shoes, Pants & Jacket


Lesson 10. Arms, Hands & Final Details

"A fantastic class from the absolute master of magnificent cakes. It is long and detailed. From planning and structure to the smallest element of the design, no corners are cut and it all flows thanks to Mike's excellent style of teaching, relaxed manner and humor. The design can easily be adapted to other people structures, bobblehead or not, and the range of skills used in this complex cake will be useful for many other projects."
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