Taj Mahal Cake

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Learn how to make the Taj Mahal!

Making replicas of the well-known buildings and landmarks from around the world can often be part of our cake decorating business. I’ve received many requests from people to make a tutorial of the Taj Mahal and the opportunity has finally come. This Taj Mahal Cake was made for Tina Scott Parashar’s second Incredible India cake collaboration. I am very honoured and humbled to be amongst many other cake artists who I admire and follow with great respect. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and learn something valuable from it.

What you’ll learn…

  • Self-made rubber stamping techniques
  • Light marbling
  • Blade marking for brick work
  • Marker pen drawing for ornamental work
  • Pin point template cutting
  • Fork marking
  • Using pastillage moulds
  • Using a plan for accurate measurements

DISCLAIMER: The majority of this tutorial covers how to make a Taj Mahal centerpiece from pastillage. Although there is no actual cake involved in this tutorial, Serdar explains how it can be incorporated with a 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.
Taj Mahal Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Track
Duration
Part 1
2:39:37
Introduction
2:13
Plan
9:38
Tools & Materials
8:52
Making Outer Floor
15:53
Making Other Floors & Rooftop
3:06
Making Walls
9:08
Making Background Stamps
5:54
Making Window & Door Backgrounds
9:06
Making Outer Wall
11:15
Measurement Correction
3:15
Cutting Kiosk Windows
4:47
Cutting Tower Base Fillers
3:34
Cutting Minaret Windows
10:54
Making Stairs
2:05
Making Dome Base
16:06
Making Minarets/Towers
6:32
Making Posts
5:27
Reusing Pastillage Filler
1:09
Making Small Domes
3:31
Making Centre Dome Mould
8:27
Making Centre Dome
9:21
Marking Centre Dome
4:08
Glazing Facade
4:15
Part 2
1:59:22
DAY 2 - Making Tower Balconies
8:49
Assembling Tower Tops
3:21
Assembling Roof Kiosks
7:27
Making Centre Dome Lower Ornamentation
9:56
Adding Door & Window Frames
7:55
Piping on Backgrounds & Posts
6:21
Drawing Decorations
7:49
Assembling Fence & Reinforcement
6:40
Adding Stairs & Outer Floor
3:16
Gluing Background Walls Together
5:53
Gluing Background Walls to First Floor
6:41
Adding Rooftop & Roof Balustrade
4:54
Adding Posts
6:07
Adding Towers
2:03
Making Tower Tops
10:23
Making Dome Top
12:13
Final Thoughts
3:55
Total Duration
4:38:59

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 & 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
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
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
Line Marking Roller
For stairs
Craft Knife Shop Online
PVC Pipe Shop Online
60cm for rolling
Often used to create pillars between cake tiers. Can also be used within the cake to provide extra internal support. Serdar often uses a PVC pipe to roll fondant.
Wooden dowel
15mm x 20cm long
Compass
With craft knife attached
Corrugated Cardboard
As trays
Great for placing sugar items to dry. Easy to move around.
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Red, grey, black (fine tip)
Gold luster
With oil
Small Brush
For gold
Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Fork
Eggwhite and sponge
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Thin Flower wire
1
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Black
Instant Coffee Powder
For colouring
Block rubber
For making stamps
Tray
60cm square Aluminium or wood
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
16mm(thickness) by 55cm(length) by 55cm(width) covered with green velvet
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 .
Large box cutter blade
Ring
105mm round and 12cm high

For center tower

Hair clipper attachment
Large unused
Hard fat
Recipes & Ingredients

6kg+

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]

500g

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]

Tylose

Small amount to add to pastillage

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