Tiger on a Rock Cake

Intermediate
RRP
$400 - $450

Learn how to make a realistic tiger using Yeners 2 piece joined half body method.

This tutorial is the second of a series of tutorials that will be about how to make realistic animals out of pastillage using what Serdar calls the 2 piece joined half body method. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a realistic tiger that is walking on some rocks made from cake as well as some other techniques.

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.
Tiger on a Rock Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains blueprints and guides to help you make this cake.

Track
Duration
Introduction
0:33
The Plan
0:29
Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
5:00
Making the Template
4:32
Finding Out Body Part's Shapes and Weights
4:44
Modelling the Tiger's Body
11:26
Modelling the Tiger's Front Legs
5:38
Making the Background
11:02
Planning the Cake Shape
5:39
Coating the Cake
6:35
Day 2 - Assembling the Tiger's Body
12:00
Making the Tiger's Head
9:46
Making the Tiger's Ears & Maine
7:39
Making the Tiger's Tail
2:50
Painting the Background
5:30
Painting the Rocks
1:33
Painting the Tiger's Body
4:56
Adding the Tiger's Stripes
6:00
Painting the Tiger's Face
7:53
Adding Facial Details
9:19
Assembling the Cake
6:29
Removing the Cellophane
1:16
Placing the Tiger on the Rocks
4:24
Final Thoughts
1:15
Total Duration
2:18:34

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
Icing Spatula Set Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Set of Brushes Shop Online
LED Light Box (optional)
Long rectangular solid object

With sharp corners to push straight indents.

Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Water and small sponge
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Water Spray Bottle
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Gas Torch
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Starch
Preferably with small holes.
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.
Edible Marker Pens Shop Online
Ribbed Rolling Pin Shop Online
Basic Stationary
Ruler
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Cellophane Shop Online
Hard Platform
Ceramic plate or aluminium tray
Permanent Marker Pen
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
40cm by 30cm (at least 9mm thick)
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 .
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients
Pastry Margarine Shop Online

Hard

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.

1 x 4cm by 30cm by 12cm
1 x 4cm by 34cm by 12cm
Both used to carve rocks. Cake paste will be made from off-cuts.

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Rolled Fondant

1.5kg

1.2kg

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]

Dark Chocolate Wikipedia

500g

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.

4 Comments

  • Fantastic, what a great lot of techniques in this one. These will be adaptable and transferable to many projects. Once again congratulations on a terrific outcome, and for sharing your knowledge and skills. It is nice to know you still learn as you go too, it make the whole experience for us very authentic. Thank you.

  • wow, another masterpiece, Mr. Yener. I love it!

  • Wow, just saw this one pop up on my email and can’t wait to watch through the tutorial…. stunning, so dramatic.

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