3D Grand Piano Cake

Intermediate
RRP
$470 AUD (Approx. $350 USD)

Learn how to make a realistic 3D grand piano cake in this detailed tutorial.

In this tutorial, you will see the process of how Serdar creates a realistic grand piano cake. Serdar also shows you an easy way to achieve realistic string system under the lid of the piano as well as how to create the internal structure that raises the cake.

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 Grand Piano Course Material
This PDF contains actual size templates for all the different elements of the 3D Grand Piano cake shown in the tutorial.

Track
Duration
Part 1
1:46:48
Introduction
1:19
The Plan
9:22
The Construction
6:24
Tools, Materials, Recipes & Ingredients
4:41
Making the Top Board (Lid)
9:21
Making the Cast Iron Plate
14:20
Making the Strings
12:53
Making the Keys
14:09
Making the Fall Board
4:46
Making the Music Rack & Lyre Post
6:14
Making the Chair
17:14
Preparing a Flat Surface
5:17
Part 2
1:43:05
Making the Piano's Legs
30:01
Preparing to Cover the Cake
4:25
Covering the Front
7:51
Covering the Side
11:35
Placing the Piano on the Board
00:57
Placing the Strings
6:26
Branding the Piano
4:01
Making the Vintage Decorations
12:49
Msking the Foot Pedals
1:58
Making the Music Book
4:59
Placing the Top Board (Lid)
9:03
Final Touches & Thoughts
7:29
Total Duration
3:29:53

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
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Ribbed Rolling Pin Shop Online
Set of Knives Shop Online
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Round Nozzle Set Shop Online
Powder Shaker Shop Online
With starch
Preferably with small holes.
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.
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Small tip
Measuring Tape Shop Online
Basic Stationary
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Box Cutter Shop Online
Craft Knife Shop Online
Hollow Pen Tip

Used to make small circle markings.

Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
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.
Drill Bit
6mm
Spade Bit Set Shop Online
12mm
Used to drill larger holes through wood.
Wrench Set Shop Online
#10
Perfection Strips Shop Online
Used to roll dough (fondant, pastillage etc.) to an even thickness.
Long Ruler Shop Online
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
45cm x 45cm
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 .
Cardboard Box
40cm x 40cm x 15cm
Cellophane Shop Online
Straws
Skewers Shop Online
Threaded Rod (6mm) Shop Online
x 3 (Approx. 12cm long)
Threaded rod that is 6mm in diametre. Measurement can also be referred to as M6.
Hexagonal Nut (6mm) Shop Online
x 6
Wood Base
1cm thick - Cut to shape of piano (using templates)
Thin White Cardboard
Flat Tray
A strong flat tray that doesn't bend which is about 2mm or 3mm thick. Can be aluminium or plastic. Should be light in weight.
Spray Adhesive Shop Online
Edible Pearl Dust Shop Online
Copper, Gold, Silver
Oil
Few drops
Recipes & Ingredients
Cake

50mm high cake cut to exact shape of template.

White Chocolate Wikipedia

For gluing

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.
Fondant

1000g (200g left) Woody Colour

26 Comments

  • Hi Mr Yener

    I was just wondering how many people would this cake serve as I have been requested to make it to yield 70 pax. Thank you!

    • Serdar Yener

      This cake serves 20 portions. Two way to go 1.print all the templates 150% and make a larger piano. 2. make another 5Hx40x40cm square cake as the base and place the original size piano cake on top. In that case, you have to keep the skewers 5 cm longer than shows in the plan so you can pock the legs in to cake and the piano will not sink in.

  • Hi

    I’m looking to start this amazing project soon and I have a couple of questions before I start that I hope you can help me with.

    The 1st question  is do you think it is possible to make this Piano in black? My concern is the making of the pastillage black. I see you use black pastillage for the keys so my second question is how do you make the pastillage black?

    Would it be also possible to make this using pre dyed black modeling/gumpaste.

    I would prefer to use pastillage but I’m worried I won’t be able to get the black colour right

    Hope this makes sence and thank you for all your great work.

    Marc 

    • Serdar Yener

      Hi Marcus, If I have to do this cake in black this is what will do.
      I will not mix black color to pastillage . Because you need a lot of colors and that will disturb the texture of pastillage. I will airbrush black after the pastillage dry.
      You can use for the side, gum paste but don’t forget that you are going to place the heavy lid on the edge. Gum paste has be really dry to hold that.
      To make black color.You have to mix primary colors ( red, yellow, blue) together, but it will not happen right away. Mix with water and see the tone of the black. It will be either redish , bluish or greenish so you have to add opposite color to balance to grayish black.

  • Thank you so much Serdar. I made this cake for my mum who turned 90 and who plays the piano. It wasn’t as perfect as yours but she was so thrilled and overcome with it especially because we managed to get her to play happy birthday on the piano and secretly recorded her and then inserted the player into the cake. Absolutely love your tutorials,

  • Absolutely beautiful. Is there a problem cutting the cake with all the hard pieces around? Can you use fondant with cmc all around?

  • Chef Yener, I’m sure you hear how wonderful and talented you are all the time. I want to you to know how much I appreciate you ability to teach your talents in the tutorials. I was intrigued how this was made and wanted to learn. I have never made a cake with fondant and definitely not pastillage. All of the resources on your website made it possible for me to make the piano cake. It turned out better than I ever thought I was capable of doing, and all credit goes to you. Thank you very much!!

  • I think you are amazing! What color of pearl dust did you use? Instructions say copper but you said bronze in video. How much did you make for this project and what is the ratio of dust and alcohol? Does pastillage have to be wet or can it be sprayed after it is dry? Thank you in advance!

    • Serdar Yener

      Copper or bronze will do the similar result. You have to add alcohol till you can spray from the atomizer. Too little liquid will block too much will not cover. Pastillage can be dry or wet, you can apply the spray but you have to really wait till it is bone dry before lift up.

  • Thank you for the great tutorial Mr. Yener. Your techniques are really amazing.
    Please how can we stick strongly the piano to the final cake board? Because I will need to transport it.
    Thanks

  • so great tutorial!!! I made real cake and used sugar past for the body. THanks for idea with carbon box!

  • Hello Sedar
    How did you get your template on plastic.? Did you put it through a photo Copier?

  • Dear Serdar!
    I was wondering what is the height of the cake suppose to be? Thank you

  • Dear Sedar!
    I was wondering what is the height of the cake suppose to be?

  • I was wondering what the difference is in using oil with luster powder verses water or alcohol? Thank you for this tutorial I can’t wait to try it!

  • Amazing I love it you are very talented

  • Wonderful and so so neat. God bless you Sir Yener

  • Gina Foster

    Oh can’t wait…. I actually put a request in for one of these in the forum!
    I have an order for one due in October. The one I do is pretty good….but yours looks a lot more intricate.

  • Richard Morneau

    Wow… Verry beautiful !!!
    Époustouflant… Vraiment beau !!!

  • Thank you! This was on my wishlist 🙂

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