Meet any cake request with a heavenly dessert sure to be a sweet success! Join renowned pastry chef James Rosselle as he teaches you how to select and create the best cakes for fondant and other decorating mediums. Get your mixer spinning as James takes you step by step through recipes for a classic butter cake, a rich chocolate cake, a luscious red velvet cake, a scrumptious carrot cake and a light-as-air chiffon cake. With these tasty cake bases in your toolkit, you'll learn to make both an American buttercream that's perfect for piping and a sumptuously smooth Swiss meringue buttercream. Move on to creating decadent chocolate ganache and refreshing lemon curd fillings sure to tempt any set of tastebuds. Along the way, you'll get tips for custom cake flavors, super smooth crumb coats and more.
Learn award-winning decorator James Rosselle's secrets for arranging sugar flowers in exquisite fashion. Start with simple yet elegant single flower and cluster arrangements. Get expert placement tips as you create classic cascades with graceful movement. Highlight even simple tiers in sensational style using cake separators abloom with delicate flowers. Amplify the eye-catching effect of your work with open separators that appear to defy gravity. Bring trendy, rustic textures to your arrangement repertoire as you create two types of delightful pomanders. Take your designs over the top with striking arrangements of hanging hydrangeas. Plus, enrobe your cake in all-over floral designs as balanced as they are bold. Discover techniques for showcasing your sugar flowers perfectly every time!
Create these classic blossoms using Jamesís detailed techniques for adding texture, shading and shaping. Build buds, stems and petals for an overall enchanting effect that embodies spring and summer. James devotes an entire lesson to fun and fanciful variations, including ruffled poppies. Also learn best practices in floral design and food safety as you arrange your sugar flowers around the cake.
Master the delicate shaping and subtle coloring of three elegant orchids with the guidance of your own gum-paste guru, James Rosselle. James shares his devotion to lifelike beauty as he walks you through the deconstruction of a real orchid and the creation of its sugar-art counterpart, from cutting and ruffling the petals and forming the center, to assembly and adding natural hues. You can jump directly to the individual lessons for creating the Cattleya orchid, the Dendrobium or the Cymbidium, or choose to make all three! Use the skills acquired with one flower to master the subtleties of the others, then see how you can combine them to create a show-stopping floral topper. Three bonus lessons included with your class cover looped leaves, bamboo stems and marbled pebbles.