3D Swordfish Cake

Unbelievably detailed and well explained, I honestly believe that any novice can make this cake just by watching and working with him at the same time (just watch once to get a full understanding).
Safiye B

3D Swordfish Cake

$180 - $220

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a 3D Swordfish Cake.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a realistic swordfish out of cake. All the fins and parts will be created out of pastillage and attached to the cake to add realism. Everything will then be coloured and airbrushed to finish.

Make this cake your catch of the day!

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 Swordfish Cake Course Material
This course material contains 7 pages of templates and guides. Pages 2 to 5 need to be cut and joined to present the actual size template of the cake. Page 6 and 7 include actual size templates of the parts.

Tools & Materials
The Plan
Making the Sugar Parts
Shaping the Cake
Coating the Cake
Assembling the Parts
Airbrushing & Painting
Making the Eye
Final Touches
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.

What you will need

  • Scissors
  • Set of rolling pins
  • Set of knives + plastic knife
  • Small brush in a cup of water
  • Set of palette knives
  • Dry & wet towels
  • Small brush
  • Airbrush set
  • Oil spray
  • Round nozzle – 6mm
  • Cake board – 55cm x 35cm
  • A sharp tip pen knife
  • Starch (for dusting)
  • Needle (to remove air bubbles)
  • Transparent plastic sheets (for templates)
  • Permanent Marker Pen
  • Fondant smoother
  • “L” shaped corner tool

Recipes & Ingredients


  • 1 x 450mm x 270mm x 20mm, dark mud cake sponge (1500g mixture – 1350g used)


  • 1kg Pastillage (600g used)
  • 1kg Dark chocolate ganache (650g used)
  • 1 Cone of white chocolate (melted)
  • Blue liquid colour
  • Yellow liquid colour
  • Black liquid colour


  • Printed blueprints and guides (download below)


  • Have a wet and dry hand towels to clean knives, blades and cutters regularly to consistently achieve clean cuts. Also be sure to clean the table with your wet towel, and than the dry towel each time you are about to roll out any pastillage. Use a bit of shortening or vegetable fat to prevent the pastillage from sticking to the table.
  • This is art, and no method or technique is set in stone. This is why we recommend you watch the entire tutorial first before you start gathering all the things in the list above. You may think of ways you might substitute tools or techniques with your own ideas.


  1. luz sosa says:

    I love it!!

  2. Yolanda Bonnici says:

    Hi, can you please tell me what to look for in the specifications for best air pump. This is something new for me. And I would like more info, please. Thank you very much for your help and prompt attention.
    Kind regards

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Hi Yolanda You have to look at e bay for air brush sets which is top loading and comes with compressor. Top loading means it has a little cup on top, not a bottle under need the brush. Around $ 50 . make sure voltage is according to your country 110 or 220-240

  3. Safiye Basagac says:

    My only feedback to help you guys out, as you all invest so much time and effort preparing, is around the recording. It seems like the camera that does the top shooting and the one on Yener’s right side are not showing in “true colours”. This becomes apparent when Yener does his airbrushing as the colours look greenish (e.g. top: 1:52:37, right:1:54:33), whereas the frontal and left cameras show them in its true blue form (e.g. left: 1:46:00, front:1:53:10)….hope that helps

    1. Serkan Yener says:

      Hi Safiye, Yes we are aware of these colour and contrast issues. It is because we are using some old cameras. We have plans to upgrade those particular cameras in the near future 🙂

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