3D Barbeque Cake

3D Barbeque Cake

2-3 Days
$650-$690 (AUD)

Learn how to make a 3D Barbeque Cake.

Barbequing is part of the lifestyle in many countries, especially over here in Australia. Families and friends very often get together in their backyards or at public parks and create memories around a barbeque. I’ve had a special request to make a particular barbeque on wheels as a 3D cake and I decided to create a tutorial for it. Hope you enjoy this one and learn something from it.

What you will learn…

  • Construction on a 4 wheel stand
  • Hidden construction to carry attachments
  • Creating a 45 degree open, standing, heavy sugar lid
  • Realistic sugar charcoal
  • Realistic food on barbeque grill

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.
3D Barbeque Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Part 1
Tools & Materials
Recipes & Ingredients
Making the Lid
Making the Grill
Cutting Pastillage "Wood" Pieces
Making the Lower Tray
Making the Food
Shaping the Cake
Crumb Coating the Cake
Crust Coating the Cake
Preparing the Stand
Constructing the Stand
Making the Stand Food Safe
Putting the Cake on the Stand
Coating Cake with Ganache
Day 1 - Summary
Part 2
Day 2 - Fondant Coating the Cavity
Fondant Coating the Lid
Fondant Coating the Cake
Airbrushing the Food
Creating a Wood Look
Making the Stand Legs
Making the Tray Supports
Adding Final Touches
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
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Pool hose
5mm round
2 x 4mm by 36cm long
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Round bowl
165mm round, dome shape
Polystyrene block
3cm high by 13cm diameter (round)
Plastic Wrap Shop Online
Round Cutter Set Shop Online
Threaded Rod (8mm) Shop Online
4 x 165mm for legs / 2 x 175mm for internal holders
M8 nuts
20 x small / 2 x long connectors
Galvanise wire
3mm 2 x 10cm

to connect the lid to internal holders

Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm thick 35cm round Covered with Green Velvet and coated with Cellophane
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 .
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm thick 150mm round both side laminated with white thin cardboard
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 .
Recipes & Ingredients


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]


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]
Rolled Fondant

1kg Red
700g Black

A commonly used sugar paste for coating cakes. Also known as RTR (ready to roll) fondant.
Dark Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia


Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.

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