Novelty Masters – Maharaja Elephant

In this workshop you will be learning to make our incredible maharaja elephant, structurally complex, realistic and beautifully decorated! This is the final workshop in our Advanced Novelty program; our goal is to teach you the techniques required to structure a cake that sits on four legs, the focus being on advanced internal cake construction. In this workshop you will learn the techniques required in building, sculpting and smoothing a complex 3D cake on legs with a focus on working with different scaffolding materials. You will then learn how to cover the shape, cover seams, and ice your board with a grass effect. You will also employ many different cake decorating techniques including eye detailing, making and using templates, painting, using Rice Krispies, airbrushing and making the elephant costume. On completing this workshop you will be able to create complex structures for cakes; this is a very important skill for every cake decorator as some of the most incredible and in demand cakes are complex novelty cakes. Planet Cake’s goal is to teach students skills that they can replicate at home with the same results.

Prerequisites: Novelty 108 or 109

Learning Outcomes:

• Proportional properties – understanding balance
• Scaffolding and construction
• Building from scratch – planning, sketches and templates
• Drilling techniques and safety
• Using Rice Krispies
• Wood & wiring work
• Icing the animal – techniques and tricks
• Eye detailing
• Grass effect
• Dressing the elephant (optional)
• Airbrushing – shading & toning
• Detailing and finish
• Painting
• Shaving & sculpting Styrofoam

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