Check Out Joshua John Russell’s Top 10 Cakes of All Time

marbled blue succulent tiered cake

If you’re not already a fan of Joshua John Russell (aka the Man About Cake), you’re about to become one. These dessert masterpieces have been viewed a collective 11 million-plus times on the Man About Cake Youtube channel. Find out what all the fuss is about!

1. Puppy Party

puppy birthday cake

Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like topping the guest-of-honor’s cake with a four-legged BFF. Joshua John Russell used sugar shapers to make the curly hair texture on this fondant pup.


2. Go Goth

black and gold cake

The secret ingredient to this show-stopper: Black cocoa powder! Joshua baked it into the cake and colored the buttercream filling with it.


3. We’re Succas for This One

marbled blue succulent tiered cake

The key to these succulents is to not roll out your fondant too thin! (Remember, these plants’ leaves are much thicker than flowers.) Oh, and did we mention there’s red velvet cake AND chocolate carrot cake hiding under all those pretty decorations?


4. Over the Hill

jjr 40th cake

It’s good to be JJR’s sister: He created this amazing cake for her 40th. It includes all her favorite flavors (chocolate cake filled with raspberry ganache and coffee buttercream) and is decorated with textured fondant and topped with fresh flowers. Now that’s a happy birthday!


5. Stone Cold Cool

agate cake

Agate geode cake, two ways! Learn how to use marbled fondant to create the look, or go all-out by carving out sections of cake and adding painted sugar crystals.


6. Feelin’ Fancy

purple royal cake

We may never be royal …. but we can have a cake fit for a queen. In honor of everyone’s favorite Brits, JJR crafted his (more delicious!) version of a fruitcake and covered it in purple fondant with crown-inspired gold details.


7. Legs for Days!

choctopus cake

This cake is so cool, we don’t even care that it’s not exactly 100 percent edible. Those tentacles are made out of copper wire and then covered in textured modeling chocolate for the ultimate choctopus.


8. Monochrome Magic

floral white cake

There’s a secret to all this perfect piping: Draw it out first with a tiny bit of black gel food coloring on a paint brush. Then, don’t forget to add some extra fun with molded white chocolate roses.


9. Aaaalll the Chocolate

tiered chocolate rose cake

If you love chocolate, this cake is here for you. It starts with three oval tiers of dark chocolate cake, is filled with both chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream, and finally gets loaded up with chocolate blooms. You’re welcome.


10. Floral Fun

top view of pink white and black floral cake

Name those blooms! Wait, you can’t, because JJR made ‘em up. What fun is playing with fondant if you can’t take some creative liberties? He started with white fondant, cut out flowers to his liking, and then dusted them with pale pink luster dust.


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One Response to “Check Out Joshua John Russell’s Top 10 Cakes of All Time”

  1. Stella Dichoso

    Looking for birthday cake