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Topsy Turvy Nautical Shower Cake

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Topsy Turvy cake

Created in this Craftsy class

Topsy-Turvy Cake Construction taught by Richard Ruskell

Award-winning cake artist Richard Ruskell takes cake in new directions ... literally. Construct a multi-tiered cake they'll never forget!

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Category Cake Decorating
Type Sculpted
Material Fondant
Style Whimsical
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: This is a 3-tier Topsy Turvy cake for a boy's nautical-themed baby shower, inspired by Richard Ruskell's Topsy Turvy cake class. All the figures are fondant. The boats were built on a foam core base so they would be sturdy enough to support themselves. Two bears have fishing rods, which are just wooden skewers cut and painted, with black thread glued to the end. The masts are more skewers with plain paper sails. The rest is edible. I cheated and used Goldfish crackers to save myself a lot of time. The cakes are wedding cake, strawberry, and chocolate. The family loved the cake, and the soon-to-be-grandfather kept saying it couldn't possibly be real!

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What are you most proud of? It didn't fall over! I was very surprised by how sturdy it was. The top tier was transported separately and then stacked at the event. It survived a 45 minute car ride with no problems at all. It's very sturdy. I'm also completely in love with the bears!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Pay attention to the class! He gives all the necessary info, measurements, etc. If you look at it as a series of steps, it's not so intimidating. And it's so worth the work - people are really impressed with this design, and I can charge a premium for it too!

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What a definitely cute idea. My niece just had a baby boy. I might have to borrow a few of your ideas, for her cake. Thanks for sharing.

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06/26/2012 Flag

Alice your cake is so cute.

06/26/2012 Flag

Cute cake!!! you did a great job.

08/17/2012 Flag