Genie in a Lamp Centrepiece

2 days (After Construction)

Learn how to make a gravity defying centrepiece of a Genie coming out of a lamp.

I regularly receive invitations to participate in cake collaborations and I only accept those that would be beneficial for you to witness and those that I can make tutorials for. I also try to choose ideas that contain a variety of methods that can be used for other cakes. Today’s subject is for The Arabian Nights Cake Collaboration and I decided to make a classic genie in a lamp. Although it’s a very common idea, I think it has a lot of learning points for you to witness.

What you’ll learn…

  • Gravity defying construction
  • Making the lamp
  • Special filler
  • Making the smoke
  • Muscle work
  • Face sculpting
  • Metallic armor
  • Isomalt jewels
  • Floating long ponytale
  • New paste (mixture of chocolate modelling paste & Gumpaste)

DISCLAIMER: There is no cake involved in this tutorial which is why this piece is considered a centrepiece.

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.
Genie in a Lamp Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Track
Duration
Part 1
1:18:54
Introduction
1:02
Recipes & Ingredients
12:09
Constructing the Internal Support
6:06
Making the Body Filler
10:23
Covering the Torso & Head
6:12
Adding the Face Muscles
16:34
Making the Arms
9:21
Making the Hands
4:41
Making the Smoky Base
5:35
Making the Lamp - Part 1
6:01
Part 2
2:25:34
Making the Lamp - Part 2
13:54
Making Pastillage Chain & Feather
6:59
Airbrushing & Painting the Genie
3:56
Making Burgundy Clothing
13:20
Making the Belt & Arm Bands
9:19
Making the Necklace & Handband
11:10
Making Shoulder Armor
2:46
Placing the Headband
4:36
Chocolate Piping
16:26
Airbrushing & Painting Gold
9:24
Making the Isomalt Jewels
8:12
Making the Eyes & Makeup
5:12
Making the Beard & Hair - Part 1
15:14
Making the Beard & Hair - Part 2
13:39
Airbrushing the Hair
2:35
Making Gold Rings for Hair
2:46
Final Thoughts
3:38
Total Duration
3:44:29

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
Cleaning & Storing
  • Wet and dry hand towels
  • Zip locked plastic sandwich bags (2 sizes)
  • Table brush
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Colouring & Painting
  • Airbrush set
  • Gel colours
  • Luster dust
  • Set of brushes
  • Clean sponge cubes
  • Titanium dioxide
Piping
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Cellophane sheets
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
40cm x 40cm - Burgundy
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 .
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Basic Stationary
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Aluminium Wire Shop Online
3m (3mm to 4mm thick)
Edible Pearl Dust Shop Online
Gold
Powdered Food Colours
OR Gel Colours
Drill Set Shop Online
A power drill along with a set of drill bits and screwdriving bits. Preferably cordless.
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Threaded Rod (8mm) Shop Online
1m
Hexagonal Nut (8mm) Shop Online
6
Washer (10mm) Shop Online
2x 2.5cm (diametre) and 2x 5cm (diametre))
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients
White Chocolate Wikipedia

600g

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.
Rolled Fondant

1kg

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

1kg

Modeling chocolate, also called chocolate leather, plastic chocolate or candy clay, is a chocolate paste made by melting chocolate and combining it with corn syrup, glucose syrup, or golden syrup. Primarily used by upscale...[read more]

Isomalt Shop Online

300g

Isomalt is a sugar substitute, a type of sugar alcohol, used primarily for its sugar-like physical properties. It has only a small impact on blood sugar levels and does not promote tooth decay, i.e. is tooth-friendly. Isomalt is widely used for the production of sugar-free candy, especially hard-boiled candy, because it resists crystallisation much better than the standard combinations of sucrose and corn syrup. It is used in sugar sculpture for the same reason. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isomalt

100g

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]

Rice Bubbles

400g

Cooking Oil Wikipedia
Cooking oil is plant, animal, or synthetic fat used in frying, baking, and other types of cooking. It is also used in food preparation and flavouring not involving heat, such as salad dressings and bread dips, and in this sense might be more accurately termed edible oil. Cooking oil is typically a liquid at room temperature, although some oils that contain saturated fat, such as coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil are solid. There is a wide variety of cooking oils from plant sources such as olive oil, palm oil, soybean oil, canola oil (rapeseed oil), corn oil, peanut oil and other vegetable oils, as well as animal-based oils like butter and lard. Oil can be flavoured with aromatic foodstuffs such as herbs, chillies or garlic.
Clear Alcohol

Small amount of Kirsch, Vodka, Bacardi etc.

11 Comments

  • Fantastic! Such talent!! Please consider coming back to teach us more in full-blown monthly lessons.

  • How could you do a similar structure for actual cake? For example, I would like to do a floating teapot cake using cake for the teapot.

  • I have learned so much from you over the years and you never cease to impress with your outstanding talent and eye for details. I am awed every time. Oh and your humour is fun too ‘blue santa claus’ 😂😂.

    I will try my hand at this one but need parts of it make with cake. I thought maybe the torso (with a thicker rod) and the lamp. Do you think this would be possible?

    Thank you so much for teaching!

  • Oh wow! I love him. I can’t wait to have a go myself. Thank you for teaching in a way that is easy to follow

  • Hi there. Please can you tell me if the structure you teach in this class will be suitable for adapting this to actual cake? Many thanks Sylvia

  • Brilliant. I love your work and you are so generous in sharing it. Thanks. I wonder about copyright? If someone signs up to a class and then makes something similar, are you happy if they put it on their website (as long as they acknowledge you as the inspiration and tutor?) I have come across some classes where the tutor makes it clear they find that unacceptable. I am glad to say I have not fallen foul of this, but helpful to clarify. I am UK based.

    • Serdar Yener

      If you are paying member of yenersway or purchased the particular tutorial . You do the cake and share the picture ( your cake) with acknowledgement I will be proud. Thanks

  • This is magnificent.Aladin premiered yesterday in the cinemas it all seem you were planning to release this tutorial same date.I’m so Happy I met you.You’ve inspired me in so many ways.i’m looking forward to seeing you in Australia someday.Keep up the good work!

  • Wow! Boy, I am looking forward to this one. I absolutely love him!

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