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Decorating in Three Dimensions

with Maggie Austin
Decorating in Three Dimensions
Achieve sophisticated multidimensional sugar work with accessible techniques. Create stained-glass effects, climbing sugar flower arrangements and bas-relief.

Decorate inspired cakes as you learn celebrated designer Maggie Austin's signature techniques for multidimensional sugar work. Create a Stained Glass cake with tips for mimicking the colors and opacity of this beautiful art form before you build a climbing sugar arrangement of forget-me-nots that seems to grow from this vibrant background. Use molds and fondant to build the sculptural Bas-Relief cake with intricate, elegant depth. Then, bring a touch of flair to your bas-relief with two-part cameo molds, as well as dry- and wet-painting techniques. Elevate your sugar flower skills and your bas-relief even further as you make Maggie's signature fantasy peony with its extraordinary interplay of shadows and highlights. Indulge your clients in designs with multiple dimensions of fascinating depth.

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Lesson 1. The Stained Glass Cake

  • Meet your instructor, cake artist Maggie Austin, as she previews the two gorgeous cakes you’ll create in this class. Then get started on the Stained Glass cake as you learn how to mix and apply your paint for the base of your stained-glass effect. Finally, define your panes using an edible ink marker and a free-form geometric pattern.


Lesson 2. Stained Glass & Bold Botanical


Lesson 3. Stained Glass Cake: Sugar Forget-Me-Nots


Lesson 4. Stained Glass Cake: Climbing Arrangement


Lesson 5. Bas-Relief Cake


Lesson 6. Variations on Bas-Relief


Lesson 7. Bas-Relief Cake: Fantasy Sugar Peony

Praise for Maggie Austin's Sugar Berries, Leaves & Blossoms:

"Down to earth, willing to share her knowledge and skills and absolutely no airs about herself. I love Maggie Austin. Extremely talented. I have taken all of her classes so far and cannot wait for more. This class is again very informative and lots to learn from it. I have learned so much from her. She is truly a class apart."
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