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Custom sculpted cakes are one of the hottest trends in desserts. Dramatic and eye-catching, these edible works of art do more than just turn heads; they transform events into memorable celebrations. With the right baker, a custom sculpted cake can become the perfect centerpiece for birthdays, graduations, gender reveals, and even weddings. If you’re looking for a specialty dessert that packs personalization, flavor, and a big “wow” factor, sculpted cakes are the way to go.

What Is a Sculpted Cake?

A sculpted cake is a visually striking, 3D cake made to look like a specific object or landscape. Typically, they’re crafted to resemble anything from realistic objects to recognizable characters to intricate outdoor scenes. They can take anywhere between a few hours and multiple days to finish. Because they are so intricate and time-consuming, sculpted cakes cost more than typical single-layer or tiered cakes.

How 3D Sculpted Cakes Are Made

It takes a lot of time, skill, and hard work to create sculpted cakes between baking, carving, assembling, and decorating. Cake artists carefully research and plan out each design, and sometimes need to gather specific materials to achieve the desired look for the finished product.

Step 1. Baking

Cake designers must first bake all of the cakes required for the final design. Depending on the size and scale, multiple batches might be necessary. Because lighter sponge cakes are harder to carve and may sag or collapse under weight, dense, moist sponges are used instead. Warm or hot cake will crumble, so each cake must be fully chilled in a refrigerator before any design work can begin.

Step 2. Carving

Once the cake has entirely cooled, bakers can then carve, stack, and shape the cakes to fit the general outline of the design. Additional materials like Rice Krispy Treats and modeling chocolate are often added during this step since they can be molded into small, intricate figures. The cakes may be chilled again after this step.

Step 3. Base Decorations

After the cake has its final outline ready, it’s time to apply a crumb coat to the entire cake. This thin layer of frosting seals down crumbs and fills in gaps, creating a smooth surface. The smoother the surface, the better frostings, fondants, and glazes sit on the cake.

Step 4. Final Decorations

With fondant, frosting, and piping work done, the final decorations can be added. This includes placing marzipan, gum paste, or isomalt details, coloring with edible paints, and touching up any areas to ensure a smooth finish.

Custom Sculpted Cakes from Frost

From food to animals to musical instruments and everything in between, there’s no limit to what the right cake artist can create. We would love to help make your event a celebration to remember with a custom sculpted cake. From corporate gatherings to weddings, our bakers can craft a stunning custom cake that wows. Reach out to our team to get started!