Incredible Cut-Out Cakes covered how to do a 2-D 3-D cake, if that makes any sense. Everyone knows the client who wants a 3-D carved cake but who wants to pay for a 6" round. The cakes that he makes in this class are designed to fit somewhere between those two price points.
He goes over how to stack a cake at an angle, how to cut out shapes and cover them in fondant and modeling chocolate panels, and how to use more complicated patterning to decorate them. This might seem simple but the more complicated the patterns got, the more questions were being posted about things that seem to be confusing.
He also goes over how to add 3-D elements to a cake that's built this way to give it a little bit of 3-D flair.
This class had a decent amount of instruction and was basic enough that a beginner should be able to pull off the cakes that he did in the class specifically, and their own designs as well.
I also like the idea of offering people a cheaper alternative to a 3-D cake, but if you do these cakes don't charge like you'd charge for a sheet cake. They're still considerably more work and more complicated than a basic design.
Skill level: Beginner to intermediate
Equipment you have to have: Modeling Chocolate, exacto knives.
Sleep-inducing level: Not very bad, he keeps chatting throughout.
What it assumes you already know: Not a lot because he goes through each step from beginning to end.
Unnecessary Difficulty Level Of Methods Demonstrated: Nothing much
Annoying Host Habits: Not much to be annoyed by.
Level of Helpful Hints Learned: Good information about covering a strangely shaped cake with fondant, using modeling chocolate, patterns etc.
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Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, online cake supplies at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com