Genie in a Lamp Centrepiece

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.

Part 1
Recipes & Ingredients
Constructing the Internal Support
Making the Body Filler
Covering the Torso & Head
Adding the Face Muscles
Making the Arms
Making the Hands
Making the Smoky Base
Making the Lamp - Part 1
Part 2
Making the Lamp - Part 2
Making Pastillage Chain & Feather
Airbrushing & Painting the Genie
Making Burgundy Clothing
Making the Belt & Arm Bands
Making the Necklace & Handband
Making Shoulder Armor
Placing the Headband
Chocolate Piping
Airbrushing & Painting Gold
Making the Isomalt Jewels
Making the Eyes & Makeup
Making the Beard & Hair - Part 1
Making the Beard & Hair - Part 2
Airbrushing the Hair
Making Gold Rings for Hair
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
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
  • 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
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
Hexagonal Nut (8mm) Shop Online
Washer (10mm) Shop Online
2x 2.5cm (diametre) and 2x 5cm (diametre))
Fondant Smoother Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients
White Chocolate Wikipedia


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


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


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


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:


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]
Rice Bubbles


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.

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  1. dawn Pilbro says:

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

  2. Patricia DiSabatino says:

    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.

  3. Linda Lauzon says:

    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!

  4. Nikki Powell says:

    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

  5. Sylviatippett says:

    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

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      You may use thicker rod and larger platforms to hold the cake. Thick chcocolate skin around the cake before fondant.

      1. Doxa Dakanali says:

        Hallo! If you want to make cake Which is the best place to put the cake , to the lamp or the body of the jinnie?Thank you!

        1. Serdar Yener says:

          Maybe the body with small platform support. I would do the cake as a square base and do the rest as it happened in the video.

  6. Linda Winn says:

    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.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      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

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  8. Wisdom Akpabio says:

    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!

  9. Elisabetta says:

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

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