Cakes in Full Bloom

with Erin Gardner

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Capture the allure of floral arrangements in bold cakes for any celebration. Create updated sugar flowers, foliage and three show-stopping cakes as you build fresh floral design skills. Read More…

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Class Description

Use modern design principles and cake artist Erin Gardner's smart techniques to create radiant, floral-inspired cakes. You'll make statement flowers like the open peony, honeycomb dahlia and trendy ranunculus, as well as fun fillers like billy balls, eucalyptus leaves and hellebore flowers. Then, decorate Erin's Confetti Cake, covering one tier with vibrant rainbow confetti and the other with an understated pattern of matte dots set against a shimmering background. Decorate the I Heart Cake with a top tier encrusted in gold sequins and a bottom tier of horizontal stripes with inset hearts. Bring the Monoglam Cake to life with a gilded topper, vertical stripes and a Swiss dot pattern of gilded bows. Complement enticing cake designs with vibrant sugar-flower arrangements that make an irresistible showpiece for any event.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Designing Cakes

  • Join your instructor, cake designer Erin Gardner, as she explores the important principles behind the art of floral arrangements, including how to use color to bring harmony to your designs. Finally, Erin discusses the importance of sketching your designs and demonstrates how the same elements can be combined to create vastly different cakes.


Lesson 2. Statement Flowers

  • Add to your sugar-flower garden as you learn how to make a lush open peony with wired petals, a bright honeycomb dahlia with hand-formed petals and Erinís signature ranunculus ó three of the most on-trend flowers!


Lesson 3. Filler Flowers

  • Accent your beautiful statement flowers with colorful hellebores, charming eucalyptus leaves and buds and irresistibly modern billy balls.


Lesson 4. Confetti Cake

  • Erin shares her secret for making fun and easy confetti as well as how to create a shimmery cake with matte polka dots. Then she demonstrates how to attach flowers to a foam dummy tier for maximum visual impact.


Lesson 5. I Heart Cake

  • Cover your top tier with golden edible sequins and your bottom tier with horizontal stripes as Erin guides you through this eye-catching cake. Youíll learn how to apply bold stripes that line up perfectly, create playful inlay hearts and attach flowers to a real cake.


Lesson 6. Monoglam Cake

  • Glamour never tasted so good! Erin demonstrates how to make gilded bows, attach vertical stripes and design and affix a large arrangement of flowers, including your show-stopping peony, dahlias, ranunculuses and all of your captivating filler flowers.

"I was so excited about this class coming out. I just couldn't wait and it was well worth it! There is lots of information in each lesson. Each lessons does require you to have a good cake decorating knowledge. Thank Erin, I love your designs! I hope to create some great cakes using some of your ideas :)

Thanks, Emanuela from Tortissime Cake Design"
- TheFoodieGoddess

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