3D Ferdinand Bull Cake Tutorial

Learn how to make a 3D Ferdinand Bull Cake!

Cartoon characters have been always very big inspiration for cake decorators for kids birthdays cakes. One of my grandsons wanted to have the loving bull from Ferdinand for his birthday cake and I was happy to make it for him as well as create a tutorial on how I made it.

So here is a step by step, feature length tutorial on how to make a 3D Ferdinand Cake

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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.
3D Ferdinand Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.
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
Planning & Templates
  • Flipchart sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • Semi transparent silicon baking sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • White cellophane sheets (70cm x 50cm, on side matt)
  • Basic stationary (pencils, marker pens, ruler etc.)
  • Semi transparent plastic file separators
  • Plastic sleeves
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
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
Cold Spray Shop Online
Tin cutter
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Luster colours
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
35cm round, 9mm thick MDF wooden board coated with brown velvet
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 .
Threaded Rod (10mm) Shop Online
21cm long + 8 nuts + 4 washers
Threaded rod with 10mm diametre (also known as M10).
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
3mm MDF for internal support
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 .
White thin cardboard
To cover internal support levels
Recipes & Ingredients

2kg mix
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4 x 25mm high by 150mm (diametre) - (250g each)
2 x 25mm high by 200mm (diametre) - (400g each)

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Dark Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia

350g

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Rolled Fondant

500g brown
500g black
100g skin colour
100g relish brown
50g pink
10g blue

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

200g

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