Tiger on a Rock Cake

Tiger on a Rock Cake

$400 - $450

Learn how to make a realistic tiger using Yeners 2 piece joined half body method.

This tutorial is the second of a series of tutorials that will be about how to make realistic animals out of pastillage using what Serdar calls the 2 piece joined half body method. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a realistic tiger that is walking on some rocks made from cake as well as some other techniques.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Tiger on a Rock Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains blueprints and guides to help you make this cake.

The Plan
Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Template
Finding Out Body Part's Shapes and Weights
Modelling the Tiger's Body
Modelling the Tiger's Front Legs
Making the Background
Planning the Cake Shape
Coating the Cake
Day 2 - Assembling the Tiger's Body
Making the Tiger's Head
Making the Tiger's Ears & Maine
Making the Tiger's Tail
Painting the Background
Painting the Rocks
Painting the Tiger's Body
Adding the Tiger's Stripes
Painting the Tiger's Face
Adding Facial Details
Assembling the Cake
Removing the Cellophane
Placing the Tiger on the Rocks
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Set of Knives Shop Online
Icing Spatula Set Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Set of Brushes Shop Online
LED Light Box (optional)
Long rectangular solid object

With sharp corners to push straight indents.

Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Water and small sponge
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Water Spray Bottle
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Gas Torch
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Needle or Pin
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Ribbed Rolling Pin Shop Online
Basic Stationary
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Cellophane Shop Online
Hard Platform
Ceramic plate or aluminium tray
Permanent Marker Pen
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
40cm by 30cm (at least 9mm thick)
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients
Pastry Margarine Shop Online


This hard margarine is a type of vegetable shortening used to make puff pastry and other pastries. While you might find a similar product from a supermarket, it would probably be quite costly. It is recommended to be purchased from a wholesaler. Here are a couple of links to 2 Australian wholesalers. Frutex and EOI.

1 x 4cm by 30cm by 12cm
1 x 4cm by 34cm by 12cm
Both used to carve rocks. Cake paste will be made from off-cuts.

A moist and rich chocolate mud cake aerated with baking powder and soda bicarbonate. A very dark and dense mud cake which contains a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of coffee powder. Years ago wedding cakes...[read more]

Chocolate ganache is nothing but pure chocolate melted with a generous amount of boiling fresh cream. This smooth airless chocolate cream makes a lot of things possible. A benefit of chocolate ganache is that the high...[read more]

Rolled Fondant



A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water and...[read more]
Dark Chocolate Wikipedia


Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavored, as with vanilla. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods.


  1. Francine - The Garden Baker says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! I hope to someday have the occasion to try to make the tiger … or maybe I’ll just make a pastillage animal collection for myself 🙂 One question which you may have addressed: Have you put cake cards (not the large cake board) under any or all of the cake rocks? Just wondering when to use them and when not to. Thank you again for such an enjoyable lesson!

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Yes, I would place a cardboard under need the top cake before the fondant. Thanks

  2. Adrian Gorman says:

    Hi Chef,
    Whiskers problem: I completed the tiger cake and am so pleased with it. The one thing I struggled with was making the whiskers. I could not role the pastillage thin enough, and it kept breaking – my solution was to use pieces of dried vermicelli which is very thin, and I sprayed the pieces white – then they plugged into the sides of the face quite easily with just a small pin hole as a starter hole. Just thought I would share this solution for others.

  3. Adele says:

    Fantastic, what a great lot of techniques in this one. These will be adaptable and transferable to many projects. Once again congratulations on a terrific outcome, and for sharing your knowledge and skills. It is nice to know you still learn as you go too, it make the whole experience for us very authentic. Thank you.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Thanks Adele for your time to express your thoughts. You are most welcome.

  4. klince says:

    wow, another masterpiece, Mr. Yener. I love it!

  5. Adele says:

    Wow, just saw this one pop up on my email and can’t wait to watch through the tutorial…. stunning, so dramatic.

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