Bamboo and Orchids Cake

Bamboo and Orchids Cake

Hi Chef Yener, I just finished watching this video tutorial and I cannot tell, how much I enjoyed it. The tutorial was very informative. I learned lots of new techniques from the making of the bamboo sticks, to the charcoal and best of all, the pumpkin stamp. I am so looking forward to making the cake very soon and sharing some pictures as well.
Wow! All I can say is Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
Lost of blessings to you, Serdar, your wife and the entire Yeners Team!


Bamboo and Orchids Cake

$600 - $700

In this tutorial, Serdar shows you how to make an elegant two tier cake decorated with bamboo and phalaenopsis orchids.

Serdar’s main objectives with this tutorial is to show you how to make realistic sugar bamboo sticks and use them as a combining element between a branch of white phalaenopsis orchids on a two tier square cake. There are a number of special techniques involved in this tutorial, one of which being a special way to create your own stamps which Serdar uses to create the Chinese porcelain patterns on the side of the cakes.

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.
Bamboo and Orchids Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains an actual size blueprint of the front of the cake, templates for the orchids and the construction as well as guides for the bamboo and leaves.

The Plan
Tools & Materials
The Construction
Making the Bamboo Sticks
Making the Orchids
Making the Flower Buds
Painting the Bamboo Sticks
More About Construction
Home Made Stamps
Creating the Chinese Porcelain Texture
Assembling the Bamboo Decor
Attaching the Silk Flower Branch
Attaching the Flowers
Making the Large Green Leaves
Adding the Coal
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
Drill Set Shop Online
A power drill along with a set of drill bits and screwdriving bits. Preferably cordless.
Marzipan Knife Shop Online
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Preferably with small holes.
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Small Brush in Egg White
Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Set of Pliers Shop Online
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Flower Making Pad
A soft sponge or styrafoam
Piece of Dry Palm Leaf
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Small Bowl Filled with Starch
Plastic Wrap Shop Online
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
30cm x 30cm - Yellow
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 .
9mm Thick Wood Board
150cm x 150cm Laminated with thin white cardboard
4 Dowels
10mm Diametre - 23cm Length
Craft Glue
Flower Wires
2 x Silk Orchid Stems
15mm Stripes
Sandpaper Shop Online
Plastic Sleeve
2 Small Twigs
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Black
Recipes & Ingredients
Special Ingredient

Please watch tutorial


(If not using dummy cakes)

First Tier (bottom): 100mm x 200mm x 200mm Square.

Second Tier (top): 100mm x 150mm x 150mm Square.

3kg Sponge
2kg Ganache

100g Black

A very light and dry sugar coral that can be used as a filler or background material for many cake decorating purposes. This recipe is a simple microwaved technique which turns a basic pastillage piece in to dry sugar...[read more]

Rolled Fondant



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]

Yeners Flower Paste


500g pastillage,
4g gelatine (1tsp),
8g water (2tsp),
1.5 tylose (1/2 tsp)


  1. Elizabeth Fischel says:

    I LOVE this cake!! It’s my favorite one. I love the bamboo sticks and the pumpkin stamps. I always begin of one of your tutorials thinking that I could never make such a beautiful thing. I always end the video thinking, “I’m pretty sure I can do that!” You break such complicated designs down into very doable pieces and find simple ways to do everything.

  2. Hend_khay says:

    Hi Mr. Yener,
    I did this wonderful project and hope if you please check it out on my gallery and tell me you openion.
    Thank you so much master chef for everything

    1. Hend_khay says:

      By the way I didn’t add the cross long bamboo sticks because of the weather here the humidity was unbelievable

      1. Serdar Yener says:

        As I explained in the tutorial for the diagonal sticks you can wrap thinly rolled pastilage around the long wooden skewer. Thanks

        1. Hend_khay says:

          Thank you so much, I won’t forget that next time

  3. Hend_khay says:

    Adorable cake as usual
    May God bless your mom and bless you too MASTER chef
    Thank you

  4. Guevarram says:

    Hi Serdar, first, thank you very much for a great tutorial and all the tips along the way, I totally enjoyed watching. Hopefully I can practice creating one similar to this if not exactly or using the bamboos and orchids too as decorations.

    May I just ask, what sort of mixture do you use for combining colors, like for example the one you did to color the bamboo. I understand you said to mix several colors together to achieve the desired tone or color. Do you just mix the gel colors together and is adding up something? Because I noticed your coloring is liquidy. Did you use vodka? If so, how much vodka? Thanks and more power to you 🙂

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Hi, Guevarram, mixing colors and getting the tones you looking for is not that essential process. The first thing I would like to recommend you, get over your fear to make the mistake. I use any color closest to me and mix with just water. Powder, gel or liquid it doesn’t matter. As you have seen, bamboo sticks are pastillage which allows wet sponge cleaning nicely . Yellow, green, bit of brown and orange will you start to trial and error to do the bamboos.

      1. marlyn antonio says:

        Hi Chef, what are the recipe for pastillage can I use modeling chocolate instead?

        1. Serdar Yener says:

          Recipe available free at No you can not use modelling chocolate instead Pastillage. Thanks

  5. Renella Dias says:

    Very earthly. Simple but stunning. GbYou always.

  6. AMEL says:

    You are the best.God bless you

  7. walkinmomma says:

    love, love, love!

  8. zaheera says:

    Absolutely gorgeous chef-d’oeuvre!!! Hats off to you chef Yener!
    Also thanks for all the wonderful tips and techniques…For amateur cake makers, they are a real bonus and so totally helpful! (”,)
    Would appreciate further if more of your tutorials could be viewed ‘free-ly’ 🙂

  9. Beverley King says:

    Totally Stunning Chef. Absolute joy to watch and clarity of work is amazing thank you 🙂

  10. Yste says:

    Hi! What kind of table are you using?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Laminex coated table top. thanks

  11. LynSS says:

    Wow, you explain all the steps and make them seem so easy. Thank you Loved it.

  12. nancyjam says:

    Thank you once again for another one of your great tutorials. I pick up so many different tip with your very simple way of doing things.

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