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Clean & Simple Birthday Cakes

with Jessica Harris
Clean & Simple Birthday Cakes
Make birthday cakes that star in memories long after the last slice is gone. Create three fun cake designs with the waxed-paper transfer method and Jessica’s no-carve sculpting techniques.

Join cake designer Jessica Harris to learn inventive, transferable techniques as you make three imaginative birthday cakes. Discover how Jessica uses rice cereal treats to easily sculpt impressive cake structures. Create the Big Top Circus Cake, complete with stripes, curtains, train cars carrying adorable animals, flagpoles and bunting. Take a spin through Jessica's Carousel Cake: add a border with the waxed-paper transfer method, and bring the carousel to life with cute horses. Construct the Hot Air Balloon cake featuring a beautiful ombré wave pattern and finishing details like sailboats, clouds and airplanes. Plus, find out how to use cutters, molds and approachable hand-painting techniques to create fabulous custom lettering. Decorate birthday cakes that are the talk of the party — and among the parents!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Overview & Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, cake designer Jessica Harris, as she spotlights the three cakes you will make in this class. Then start decorating as you emboss fondant for your cake board and learn all about lettering and edible paper.


Lesson 2. Sculpting with Rice Cereal Treats

  • Create light but sturdy structures out of rice cereal treats as Jessica shows you how to make, mold and cover elements of each cake in ganache.


Lesson 3. Big Top Circus Cake: Foundations

  • Cover your cereal-treat circus tent in modeling chocolate as Jessica shares her tips and tricks for attaching perfectly vertical stripes, as well as how to use her curtain template and how to make a custom template for the tent top’s striped panels.


Lesson 4. Big Top Circus Cake: Finishing

  • Jessica walks you through her adorable train-car templates, showing you how to add depth and dimension by varying the thickness of your cut-out pieces. Hang festive bunting for this delightful cake’s final detail.


Lesson 5. Carousel Cake: Foundations

  • Start building your carousel cake and learn Jessica’s signature waxed-paper transfer method to create a flawless striped border. Jessica will also show you how to cover your carousel crown in modeling chocolate and add striping using a custom template.


Lesson 6. Carousel Cake: Finishing

  • Stack and assemble your cake, adding personalized details to the carousel crown, charming carousel horses and fun bunting.


Lesson 7. Hot Air Balloon Cake: Foundations

  • Drape your balloon elements with fondant, add decorative details like stripes and ruffles and then learn an amazingly easy way to create shades of the same color for a trendy ombré effect.


Lesson 8. Hot Air Balloon Cake: Finishing

  • It’s time to put it all together as you assemble your balloon, place it on the cake and add all of your embellishments: the pier, sailboats, a plane and more!


Lesson 9. Bonus Lesson: Customizing Your Templates

  • Jessica shows you how to personalize her amazing cakes for your child or client. Change the colors or the designs right on the included templates as she walks you through the process using Adobe Photoshop® Elements image-editing software and a personal computer.

"I have purchased all three of Jessica's classes and am SO glad I did. Jessica is a natural-born teacher, with a personality and spirit that draws you in. I found myself watching as if watching a good movie, happy every time she said the words; "In our next lesson..." because I didn't want them to be over! She goes into detail, showing clearly all the way what she is doing, and throws in tips along the way that are unique to her. I loved it and will purchase any class she ever offers!"
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