3D Crab Cake

Learn how to make a 3D Crab Cake.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a 3D crab cake. The basic principals shown in this tutorial can be applied to many other simple 3D cakes that do not need any internal construction.

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

Track
Duration
Introduction
2:47
Tools & Materials
3:04
Making the Pastillage Parts
10:20
Shaping the Cake
16:30
Making the Claws
6:39
Chocolate Crumbcoat
7:30
Coating the Cake
12:02
Coating the Claws
7:52
Assembling the Cake
8:11
Airbrushing
6:58
Final Thoughts
1:18
Total Duration
1:24:45

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
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
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
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Plastic Wrap Shop Online
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Orange, Red, Black, Brown
Plastic gloves
Mixing Bowl
For cake paste
Soft scrapers
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm x 65cm x 45cm MDF covered with Blue velvet and protected with cellophane sheet
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

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1kg

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