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Panda, Balloon and Hamburger Cakes


Choose from three adorable cake designs to learn how to bake, buttercream and decorate a cake from scratch!


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Learn How to Create the Panda, Balloon and Hamburger Cakes!

In this course you can learn how to create three different cake designs at three different skill levels. The panda cake is the easiest design where you will learn how to pipe buttercream to create an adorable panda face. The Balloon Cake is at a medium level of difficulty where we will frost a blue ombre sky with colorful balloons floating away in the wind. The Hamburger cake is the most difficult design where you will carve a bun filled with realistic details including a patty, tomatoes and lettuce! With each cake we will go through the entire process step-by-step from baking, to frosting and decorating. By the end of this course you will improve your skill level and have an adorable cake to show off!

This class has four lessons that will cover every step from baking, to frosting and working with details to bring the panda, balloon and/or hamburger cake to life!


Panda, Balloon and Hamburger Cakes

Lesson 1 – Baking the cake and mixing the buttercream

  • Bake a vanilla cake from scratch using the reverse creaming method to achieve a super moist and delicious cake.
  • Mix together a super smooth and easy American buttercream which you will use to frost perfectly straight and even cakes.

Lesson 2 – Panda Cake

  • Stack, fill and crumb coat your cake.
  • Work with the white buttercream to frost a perfectly level and straight sided cake.
  • Mix the perfect shade of black buttercream.
  • Using a template as your guide you will pipe an adorable panda face onto the cake and add delicious ears.

Lesson 3 – Balloon Cake

  • Build a three layer cake and crumb coat with the American buttercream.
  • Color different shades of blue buttercream to frost evenly and smoothly on the cake creating an ombre sky.
  • Mix multiple colors for the bright balloons and learn how to pipe them on the cake.
  • Top your cake with a cloud and lollipop balloon decoration to bring the whole design together.

Lesson 4 - Hamburger Cake

  • Transform your cake layers into a hamburger bun by carving and frosting with a golden brown buttercream.
  • Learn how to work with your tools to sculpt the shape you want.
  • Create edible detailing including a burger patty, tomato and lettuce to bring your hamburger cake to life.
  • Finish the burger by piping ketchup and mustard to complete the design!



 

Your Instructor


Melissa Alt
Melissa Alt

Melissa's passion for creating cakes began early on when she was just a teen. She would watch cake shows on TV and thought, "I want to try that!". Instantly she spent all of her free time reading books and searching the web to learn anything she could about cake decorating. She was always an artist, working with paint, clay and fashion design, but when she discovered the art of cake, it became her all time favorite medium to work with.

In 2010, Melissa landed an internship with the Cake Boss, where she learnt the fundamentals of cake decoration. While attending college at Pratt Institute, Melissa studied painting and sculpture; incorporating edible materials into any project she could. After college Melissa turned her passion for cakes into a career, launching Melissa Alt Cakes in 2015.

Since the start of her business Melissa's cakes have been featured in numerous magazines and reached international recognition. She's created cakes for Google, Time Out NYC and Harper’s Bazaar. She won the award for Best Show Cake at the 2017 NY Cake Show. In the spring/summer of 2018 Melissa worked as the Culinary producer for Reality Bites Cupcakes on Food Network. Melissa is also the exclusive cake decorator for Dylan's Candy Bar in NYC.

Melissa's cakes are her art. She strives to create one of a kind artistic creations that form an experience of joy and beauty. When she is not making cakes you can find Melissa cuddling her dog, camping, watching a horror movie or drinking delicious IPA on a rooftop. She is constantly inspired by her surrounding environments and adventures. Each cake Melissa makes is an expression of herself. Extreme passion, dedication and numerous hours are put into every piece of work Melissa creates. Her favorite moment is when the creation is cut and her art becomes delicious cake!

To Melissa there is nothing she loves more than the art of cake and being able to share it with the world :)



Course Curriculum


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Check out more pricing options for our Intermediate and Expert courses!

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$37

Single
  • Access "This Course" for life
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$24/ monthly

Monthly
  • Access to all "Beginner" level courses
  • Available 24/7
  • (12) course added each year

Best value

$15/ monthly

* $180 Billed annually

Yearly
  • Access to all "Beginner" level courses
  • Available 24/7
  • (12) course added each year

Frequently Asked Questions


What are your purchasing options for courses?
Caking Art has three options for purchasing our courses:

Each course can be bought individually with the price listed by the course description. When you purchase an individual course you will have access to it forever!

Our second option is to become a Monthly member. No commitment, cancel when you want and get a big discount on your courses!

Thirdly, you can become a Yearly member. Pay for the year upfront and get an even bigger discount on your courses!

See our course pricing below:
  • Beginner Membership- *includes access to all beginner courses:
  • One time purchase: $37
  • *Monthly price: $24/m
  • *Yearly price: $180/yr

  • Intermediate Membership- *includes access to all intermediate and beginner courses:
  • One time purchase: $59
  • *Monthly price: $39/m
  • *Yearly price: $300/yr

  • Expert Membership-*includes access to all expert, intermediate and beginner courses:
  • One time purchase: $299
  • *Monthly price: $194/m
  • *Yearly price: $996/yr
  • How does the membership work?
    With our monthly membership you will receive: Full access to all of the courses we offer within that membership tier Pre access to all new monthly videos Discounts in our merchandise store Access to our facebook group community where you can ask questions, share your work and receive new content posted every month Monthly membership can be cancelled anytime, no contract required.
    Can I see what content I will receive, before I become a member?
    Yes! Our library shows a full list of all the courses we offer. Click Here
    Are your courses suitable for everyone?
    Yes! We offer courses at every level whether you are at a beginner, intermediate or Expert level, you can start and work your way up. We also make every course easy to follow with step by step instructions, so you can work at your speed to create even the most intricate of cakes.
    What is included in a cake course?
    With each course you purchase you will receive in depth video instruction on how to create the cake offered. Along with the video you will receive a supply list for each lesson as well as recipes and any templates required to create the cake.
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