Mike McCarey
Craftsy Instructor

Redmond, Washington

Since 1995, Mike McCarey has focused on pastry at his bakery, Mike's Amazing Cakes, in Redmond, Washington. In between teaching cake architecture and sculpting around the country and appearing on The Food Network as competitor and judge, Mike works magic in cake. His clients have included Starbucks, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Palmer and even the legendary Julia Child.

Mike's Craftsy Classes

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Simple Techniques for Super Cakes

Learn how to make superhero cakes with expert guidance from popular Craftsy instructor and cake artist Mike McCarey. Discover the secrets to incorporating classic superhero characteristics into any cake design and find out how to portray your favorite characters with simple, achievable cut-outs. Up next, create realistic clouds that will help your cakes soar to success! Mike shows you how to wrap two-dimensional designs around a cake for a stunning three-dimensional look, with absolutely no carving! Then, learn how to bring a variety of superhero effects to life with your impressive new skills: shadow boxes, graphic comic book toppers, cityscapes and even hand-modeled capes. Plus, make a show-stopping, two-tier cake and learn Mike's tips for adding bold hand-modeled embellishments; no complicated armature required!

 

$39.99

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Incredible Cut-Out Cakes

Easily create detailed graphic cakes with intriguing depth alongside cake artist Mike McCarey. Learn the process through three projects: a cuddly teddy bear cake, an eye-catching birthday cake shaped like the number 5 and a mascot cake featuring a heroic knight. Start with how to create angled layers for a wedge-shaped tier with impressive dimension, and get tips for carving your cakes into a base for any design. Then, make amazing designs a breeze using templates and layering techniques. Enhance your work with airbrushing, buttercream color washes and easy piped patterns. Discover the secrets for succeeding at designs with many colors and fine details. Add height to any element of your design with modeling chocolate spacers. Plus, finish your cakes with a touch of 3-D magic. Learn simple yet impactful techniques to create custom cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more.

$19.99 $39.99

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All-Star Cakes

Create unbelievable sports-themed cakes with master decorator Mike McCarey. Make an upright football cake using a gravity-defying structure. Learn to carve your football cake with confidence, cover it in leather-colored fondant, and add details like seams, airbrushed accents, stitching lines, laces and stripes for a game-ready look. Then, lace up an incredible sports shoe cake! Discover how to support suspended cake and carve the perfect shoe shape before you recreate all of the defining details: a textured fondant covering, a modeling chocolate sole, contrasting "leather" panels, stitching lines, laces and more. Give sports aficionados a winning celebration with unbelievable cakes that speak their language!

$39.99 $49.99

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Classic Car, Timeless Techniques

In this dynamic class, you’ll create a distinctive groom cake and build motor-driven memories for any occasion. Ride along with Mike as you accelerate your cake sculpting skills, rev up your repertoire of detailed design work and cruise into a new genre of classic cakes! Learn how to create the car cake of your choice, or recreate Mike's elegant 1936 roadster. You'll create a convincing windshield using gelatin, sculpt and carve a cake that's stable enough to support dozens of accessories, add stunning details and save time with efficient construction and assembly tips in a class that's truly fun.

$19.99 $39.99

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Advanced Cake Sculpting

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!).

$34.99 $49.99

Meet Mike

Mike's Projects

Precise Cuts With Templates
Great Draping Techniques
Achievable, Realistic Action
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