Fitness Cake

Fitness Cake

Learn how to make a Fitness themed Cake.

To make a personalized birthday cake, we often get inspiration and ideas from that particular persons hobbies and interests. In this tutorial, I’ll be making a cake for a female who is celebrating her 40th birthday and she loves exercise and fitness. So I am taking a few different fitness related objects and arranging them together to create this fitness cake. There’s a bunch of weights stacked up on top of each other, a skipping rope and a running shoe as a topper. I hope you like it!

What you will learn…

  • Masking a cake with bullnose shaped sides
  • Fondant covering all around a cake
  • Making moulds with pastillage
  • Cobblers technique of sugar shoe making
  • Realistic shoe laces

Downloadable Course Material

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Fitness Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Foot Mould
Shaping the Cakes
Coating the Foot Mould
Day 2 - Making the Sole
Coating the Cakes
Stacking the Cakes
Making the Skipping Rope Handles
Making the Shoe Details
Making the Shoelace
Making the Logo
Making the Rope
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
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
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
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Round Cutter Set Shop Online
Threaded Rod (10mm) Shop Online
For marking
Threaded rod with 10mm diametre (also known as M10).
Plastic knife
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Craft Knife Shop Online
Soft scraper
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm Thick 35cm Round MDF Coated with velvet and Cellophane sheet
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 .
Recipes & Ingredients
Rolled Fondant

1.3kg Black

A commonly used sugar paste for coating cakes. Also known as RTR (ready to roll) fondant.

300g White (for mould)
300g Light Pink
100g Pink

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 and...[read more]
Dark Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia


Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.

1800g for
1 x 4cm by 20cm
2 x 4cm by 15cm

A moist and rich chocolate mud cake aerated with baking powder and soda bicarbonate. A very dark and dense mud cake which contains a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of coffee powder. Years ago wedding cakes...[read more]


Chocolate ganache is nothing but pure chocolate melted with a generous amount of boiling fresh cream. This smooth airless chocolate cream makes a lot of things possible. A benefit of chocolate ganache is that the high...[read more]


  1. Shantana Graham says:

    Hi, I’m a new member and I love your work. I plan on subscribing but I realize that you use ganache to cover your cakes. That’s an issue for me as I’m from the caribbean and ganache won’t hold up in this heat. Is there a substitute that I could replace ganache with?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Increasing chocolate ratio will help. Thanks

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