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Puff the Magic Dragon

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Created in this Craftsy class

Cake-osaurus Rex taught by Catherine Ruehle

Rawwr! With Catherine Ruehle's help, learn to design, carve and decorate a fantastic dinosaur cake. You better eat it before it eats you!

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Category Cake Decorating
Type Sculpted
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: Cake, buttercream, fondant, modeling chocolate, luster dust, rice krispy treats and many tools.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I made so many mistakes with this cake that I could write a book! My advice would be: 1. Always start with a much bigger cake than you think you are going to need. As this cake is just for me (thank goodness it wasn't for a customer!!) I thought I would start out with different sizes so I wouldn't have to carve so much...WRONG! It is much easier to carve away cake than to add cake!! I wanted the butt to be nice and large (kind of like mine!) but because I started with a smaller cake I had to add pieces to make it bigger. This makes him have a clunky butt (once again, kind of like mine, but not the look I was going after!) 2. It will always take more fondant then you will ever dream you need! I made THREE trips to the store. As I almost NEVER use fondant to cover a cake, I was totally out of my element here in trying to figure out how much to buy. Wasted time and gas! 3. I used Rice Krispie treats to make the head as I find them much easier to mold with than cake. 4. Plan ahead for things that need to dry - I waited to the last minute to make the wings and by this time I was so tired of looking at my cake, that I wanted to just get it finished. I used modeling chocolate but struggled with the weight of it - should have just made them out of gumpaste so they would be nice and light weight and shaped well, but that would have required me to think (something I try to avoid). 5. I totally agree with using a table top as the drum because a regular drum would never hold the weight of the cake without flexing. It was nice knowing it wasn't going to move so don't try to use a regular drum! All in all, I had fun with it and am glad I took the class. Catherine Ruehle was a great instructor and I would recommend this class to anyone who has a hankering to carve! While there are many mistakes in the cake, I still think he turned out okay for a first try. Happy Decorating! Lisa

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It is GREAT!!! You make some amazing cakes!!!!

05/14/2013 Flag

I am blown away at how cute/cool your dragon cake is! Very inspiring - I will give it a try.... thanks!

05/16/2013 Flag

I see none of the complaints you made about your cake... we are always our own worst critic. I think ANYONE would LOVE to have this as their cake! You did a fabulous job and even more AMAZINGLY... your FIRST! I DIDN'T THINK I WANTED TO TAKE THIS CLASS UNTIL I SAW YOUR SAW CREATION! FABULOUS JOB!!!! :) Your teacher would be (is?) very proud. Thank you so much for the notes as well. They are always VERY useful. <3

05/30/2013 Flag


06/11/2013 Flag

Lisa, your Puff is adorable! Well done!

07/27/2013 Flag