Handyman Cake

Intermediate
2 Days (After cakes baked)
40 - 50 Servings
RRP
$375 - $400

Learn how to make the perfect cake for a handyman.

It is quite a common practice to combine people’s special interests with their birthday cakes. In fact when we design a cake for a females, it is usually a lot easier to find an idea than it is when we design a cake for males. In this tutorial, I would like to make it a little easier for you and present a cake design for a handyman which I think is an idea that should work well for a lot of men. Hope you enjoy the tutorial.

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

Track
Duration
Introduction
3:33
Ingredients, Recipes, Tools & Materials
1:42
The Plan
1:51
Making the Saw
8:46
Making the Skrewdriver
4:40
Making the Hammer
6:52
Making the Shifter
4:00
Making the Notepad
5:22
Making the Measuring Tape
9:54
Making the Nails & Screws
4:32
Making the Nuts
2:04
Airbrushing Silver Parts
3:42
Day 2 - Masking the Cakes
7:40
Preparing the Fondant
3:55
Panel Coating with Fondant
12:56
Assembling the Base
2:11
Assembling the Screwdriver, Shifter & Hammer
3:20
Assembling the Notepad & Tape Measure
3:27
Assembling the Saw
3:45
Placing the Tools on the Cake
4:29
Final Thoughts
1:35
Total Duration
1:41:56

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
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Silver luster dust
Mixed with alcohol for air brush
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Plastic straws
10mm, 4mm

For cutting small holes

Box Cutter Shop Online
Craft Knife Shop Online
Ruler
Recipes & Ingredients
Rolled Fondant

Light Ivory
Ivory
Brown

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100g green
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