Sugar Swans and Seashell Carriage

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Once again, this is another great tutorial! With each tutorial, I anxiously await all of the tips and tricks that you graciously share with us. You've never let us down. I'm becoming a much better cake artist by learning to use my hands and not molds or many tools. Thank you for making me strive to be better! Truthfully, I thought that this tutorial would be boring! I WAS WRONG! I can't wait to try this. May God Continue to Bless You!

Summ Chong
New York, NY, USA
Breath taking!!

This is such a BEAUTIFUL design!!! When i first saw it, i honestly didnt think i as a beginner , would be able to accomplish such an intricate master piece .... However, Chef Yener is such an amazing teacher and breaks it down step by step for you that you CANT fail!!! I absolutely LOVE all his tutorials, its impossible to decide my favorite !! This is a MUST watch tutorial!! Besides learning how to create the swan carriage, the technics you learn just in them selves are well worth the money!!!!!
Thank you Chef Yener, for inspiring all of us!!

Christy Dragons

Sugar Swans and Seashell Carriage


Learn how to make a sugar centrepiece (or topper) of four swans pulling a seashell carriage.

In this tutorial, Serdar will teach you how to make a sugar centerpiece which can be placed on the side of a high cake or on top of a flat cake. This piece can be a key element of a marine or a beach themed cake.

It is a wedding tradition where couples arrive to their destinations in all sorts of interesting and romantic carriages. If we use our imagination we can think of many combinations of carriages and animals pulling the carriages. Serdar’s idea in this tutorial is to have a vessel for the carriage, that is completely made from seashells and coral, which is then pulled by 4 swans over the water.

Some of the things that Serdar will show you is how to create natural looking swans, how to give the swans wings a more “full” appearance and how to use a starch bed to achieve any 3D form with pastillage. Of course, like most of Serdar’s tutorials, he will show you how to make these sugar elements without the use of molds or expensive tools. Although it isn’t covered in this tutorial, you can also create sugar bride and groom figurines to sit inside the carriage.

Join Serdar today and create your own beautiful swan lake 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.
Sugar Swans and Seashell Carriage Course Material
This PDF document contains blueprints for the topper, guides to create all the sugar parts and a template for the base.

Tools, Materials, Recipes & Ingredients
The Starch Bed
Making the Large Seashells
Making the Small Seshells
Making the Swan Bodies
Making the Short Wings
Making the Long Wings
Making the Swan Beaks
Assembling the Swans
Assembling the Seashell Carriage
Making the Base
Finishing the Seashell Carriage
Pearl Coating the Seashell Carriage
Attaching the Swans & Carriage to the Base
Making Some Pearls
Connecting the Swans to the Carriage
Final Touches
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
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Set of Knives Shop Online
Craft Knife Shop Online
Round Cutter Set Shop Online

For resting the shells while assembling.

Starch Bed
At least 5cm deep
Large Soft Brush

For dusting off starch.


For loosening the starch.

Airbrush Set 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.
Cold Spray Shop Online
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Large Tweezers
Modelling Tools Shop Online
Ball Tip
Minimum of 8 pieces recommended.
Gnocchi Roller
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Only one needed
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Small Tip Brush
Atomizer Bottle
Filled with Pearl Dust
Cellophane Shop Online
Pearl Bead Ribbon Shop Online
Corrugated Cardboard
For placing parts to dry.
Great for placing sugar items to dry. Easy to move around.
Recipes & Ingredients

About 100g in total. A bit of orange (for beaks) and the rest white (for pearls).

White Chocolate Wikipedia

For gluing.

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.
Edible Pearl Dust

For use with the atomozer to be sprayed.

Edible Food Colours

Brown, Blue, Yellow, Black, Pink. Dilute with water.


  1. Luceta Bailey-Reece says:

    Very detailed tutorial, thank you sir. I am going to have a go at two swans as a wedding cake topper in September. Will definitely post my project. This will be my first time working with pastillage. Not a professional decorator but can do a bit of decorating .
    Instead of the cold air, what else can I do to get the chocolate to dry fast?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Work in Aircondition room and keep the melted chocolate not too warm. Hold study.

  2. FionaH says:

    Hi Serdar, What is the thing you keep the chocolate warm in? Where would you purchase one from? Many thanks, Fiona

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Small chocolate fondue you can buy from kitchenware stores.

  3. Donato Lerna says:

    All really nice. Pity that he does not understand what he says. Is there a possibility of Italian subtitles in video tutorials?

  4. shovelheadache says:

    You sir are magic.

  5. Vivian Hua says:

    Incredible ! Thank you so much Chef Serda for your time that you had put in this video to create a beautiful tutorial ! You are amazing and very talented artist and I am glad that I have found you !!!! Can’t wait to watch the rest of your tutorials and give them a go xoxo

  6. Shirlene de Zilwa says:

    Another excellent tutorial! So glad I decided to subscribe to your channel; I’ve learnt so much. Thsnk you!!

  7. Summ Chong says:

    Thank you for continually teaching us how to use our hands and not tools! Excellent tutorial. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Thank you for understanding my aim. Good luck.

  8. Denise Bitchener says:

    Thank you for introducing us to the use of a starch bed because watching you create those elegant swans was mesmerising. A truly beautiful piece of work.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Hi Denise I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it . Thanks

  9. heather hogan says:

    This is the best tutorial. I wish you would write a book so we can read and follow. Hint Hint LOL

  10. Kim James says:

    Can’t wait to purchse this one and have a go, this is beautiful.

  11. Armi says:

    This is great…the swans are so majestic – I am happy to see this type of sugar sculpting! Also, I read above you are shooting a two tier dragon and phoenix cake. Yes, this is what I have been waiting for!!!

  12. Mary GrahamHarbage says:

    Can’t wait! Love all the tutorials I have done. Thank you!!

  13. Huang Chuanding says:

    Can you teach dragon? October I need. Many customers are interested in dragon cake. But these are not my specialty. Thank you

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      You are lucky . I start shooting this week 2 tier dragon and phoenix cake.

      1. Huang Chuanding says:

        thank you. You’re great. You always surprise me 。

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