3D Tank Cake

$420 - $490 (+$80 with flowers)

Learn how to make a realistic 3D tank cake.

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a realistic 3D tank cake. Serdar made this cake as part of the Give Peace a Chance Cake Collaboration and adds a little twist at the end of the tutorial to make this cake about peace instead of war. You will learn a how to create a camouflage pattern with fondant, how to make realistic tank treads and more!

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 Tank Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains a guide for the parts of the tank as well as actual size blueprints of the tank.

Tools & Materials
Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Wheels
Making the Mudguards
Making the Gun
Shaping the Cake
Assembling the Wheels
Making the Tank Treads
Coating the Cake
Assembling the Tank
Making Detail Parts
Adding Detail Parts
Making Flowers & Leaves
Making Branches
Adding the Flowers
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
Set of Knives Shop Online
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Craft Knife Shop Online
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Rolling Pins Shop Online
PVC Pipe recommended.
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Icing Spatula Set Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Round Cutter Set Shop Online
Round Nozzle Set Shop Online
Some Hard Plastic Objects
For making indentations.

Please watch tutorial for more information.

Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Water Spray Bottle
Daisy Cutters
3 Different sizes.
Transparent pusher
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
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 .
Skewers Shop Online
4mm thick by 30cm long
Optional for Flowers & Leaves

- Daisy cutters (3 different sizes)
- Transparent pusher
- Fork
- Airbrush Set

Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients
Pastry Margarine Shop Online

Very small amount.

This hard margarine is a type of vegetable shortening used to make puff pastry and other pastries. While you might find a similar product from a supermarket, it would probably be quite costly. It is recommended to be purchased from a wholesaler. Here are a couple of links to 2 Australian wholesalers. Frutex and EOI.

2 X 1500g (20mm by 280mm by 430mm each)

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- 1kg for layering
- 600g for masking

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Dark Chocolate Wikipedia

400g in a bowl with a spoon.

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1kg Earthy green

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Rolled Fondant

- 500g Olive green
- 700g Earthy green
- 200g Chocolate brown
- 200g Charcoal
- 500g Black (additional 1% tylose)

Optional for Flowers & Leaves

- 300g White flower paste (for daisies)
- 30g Green royal icing (center of daisies)
- 300g Light green flower paste (leaves)
- 100g Dark green pastillage (for oasis)
- 120g Light green pastillage (branches)


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