3D Giraffe Cake

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$390 - $430

Learn how to make a realistic 3D Giraffe Cake.

In this tutorial, Serdar demonstrates how to make a realistic 3D Giraffe Cake.

 

What you’ll learn…

  • Quick sketching methods.
  • Internal structure for animals with long necks.
  • How to make and use cake paste.
  • Carving three dimensional animals.
  • Making realistic eyes with eye lashes.
  • Painting a giraffe skin texture.

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 Giraffe Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains blueprints of the giraffe cake as well as templates to help you make this 3D giraffe cake.

Track
Duration
Introduction
5:26
Tools & Materials
4:34
Ingredients and Recipes
3:22
Assembling the Construction
2:10
Placing the Cake Around the Construction
7:08
Making Cake Paste
2:14
Making the Neck Construction
5:34
Adding Cake to the Neck
2:55
Calculating the Leg Size
5:40
Creating the Limbs and Head
12:43
Masking the Final Coat
6:02
Coating the Cake
28:27
Adding the Bottom Half of the Legs
7:45
Adding Details to the Head
20:44
Making the Tail
1:36
Planning the Fur Pattern
1:06
Adding the Royal Icing Fur Texture
5:58
Adding the Hairs
9:30
Painting the Fur Pattern
11:16
Painting the Hooves and Face
7:46
Airbrushing
6:52
Finishing Touches and Final Thoughts
3:50
Total Duration
2:44:57

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
Cleaning & Storing
  • Wet and dry hand towels
  • Zip locked plastic sandwich bags (2 sizes)
  • Table brush
Planning & Templates
  • Flipchart sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • Semi transparent silicon baking sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • White cellophane sheets (70cm x 50cm, on side matt)
  • Basic stationary (pencils, marker pens, ruler etc.)
  • Semi transparent plastic file separators
  • Plastic sleeves
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Colouring & Painting
  • Airbrush set
  • Gel colours
  • Luster dust
  • Set of brushes
  • Clean sponge cubes
  • Titanium dioxide
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm thick, 50cm round (diameter) MDF covered with green velvet and protected 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 .
Confectioners Varnish Shop Online
Threaded Rod (10mm) Shop Online
See plan for details and other attachments
Threaded rod with 10mm diametre (also known as M10).
Washer (10mm) Shop Online
for holding neck
Straws
Large straws for covering threaded rod
Tall pot
To keep knifes in hot water.
Recipes & Ingredients

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Dark Chocolate Wikipedia

400g

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Rolled Fondant

2kg white
100g black

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

2 Comments

  • brooke newell

    I have seen this in the gallery and was very excited to see this one coming soon as I have been hoping for this one

  • Wow! Thank you Serdar 🙂 this is one of my favorite in the wishlist. It is absolutely gorgeous!!! I am very much looking forward to watching you make this one. Take care, Elisabetta

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