How to Make a SUGAR CRAB Tutorial

Intermediate

Learn how to make a sugar crab decoration or topper.

Marine or beach themed cakes are very popular and of course things like sea shells and fish are the must important decorations of these cakes. Today I would like to show you my quick and simple method to create a sugar crab that perfectly suits marine or beach themed cakes. You can use the techniques in this tutorial to create other crustaceans like lobsters as well.

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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.
Sugar Crab Tutorial 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
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Plastic knife
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
relish orange / brown / black / egg yellow mix a little with water to make it possible to use with airbrush
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Plastic Wrap Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients

150 - 200 g
light egg yolk color

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]

White Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia

50g

Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.

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