Creating a Chinese Dragon Cake | Cake Boss


♪♪ Buddy:
I HAD THIS CONSULTATION TODAY WITH THESE TWO CAPTAINS OF
A DRAGON-BOAT RACING TEAM. WE ARE HAVING
A FUND-RAISER. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
A GREAT THING TO HAVE
A CENTERPIECE OF A CAKE. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE CULTURE, LIKE, THE CHINESE CULTURE
IS DEFINITELY IN EVERYTHING THAT
THIS CAKE’S GONNA TURN OUT. SO WE WANT TO TIE THE CULTURE AND THE WHOLE IDEA OF
DRAGON BOAT ALL TOGETHER. I AM GONNA MAKE YOU GUYS
A FANTASTIC DRAGON-THEMED CAKE. WE’RE GONNA
RESPECT THE CULTURE. I WON’T LET YOU DOWN. Buddy: THE IDEA BEHIND
THE DRAGON-BOAT CAKE IS TO MAKE THIS REALLY BIG
BOTTOM, LIKE A 24-INCH ROUND. AND AROUND THE BOTTOM
OF THAT CAKE, I WAS GONNA HAVE
TWO DRAGON HEADS WITH BODIES KIND OF RACING
AROUND THE BOTTOM TIER. AND THEN I WAS GONNA MAKE
ANOTHER TWO TIERS ON TOP OF IT, AND WE WERE GONNA DO SOME HAND
PAINTING OF SOME DRAGON BOATS AND THEN CHINESE HOUSES AND REALLY BRING IN THE CULTURE
IN THE HAND PAINTING. ALL RIGHT, LISTEN, AUTHENTIC,
AUTHENTIC, AUTHENTIC. LET’S DO WHAT WE GOT TO DO.
LET’S GO. YOU GUYS, START MAKING
THE DRAGON HEADS. THE FOCAL POINT OF
THIS DRAGON BOAT CAKE IS THE DRAGONS’ HEADS. THE HEADS ARE MADE
OUT OF CEREAL TREATS AND MODELING CHOCOLATE. WE SHOULD MAKE THEM
THE SAME SIZE. THEY’RE GONNA MOLD AND SHAPE
THE CEREAL TREATS TO GET THE BASIC SHAPE AND SIZE. SO THAT THEY’LL FIT
ON TOP OF THE CAKE, THOSE HEADS NEED TO BE
ABOUT THE SIZE OF A SOFTBALL. ♪♪ SO, THE FIRST THING I DO
IS FILL IT. I’M DOING A BLACK-AND-WHITE CAKE WITH LOTS OF CHOCOLATE FUDGE
BETWEEN THE LAYERS. ONE, TWO, THREE. AFTER I FILL THIS
BLACK-AND-WHITE CAKE, I’M GONNA DIRTY-ICE IT TO GET IT
SET UP TO PUT THE FONDANT ON. ♪♪ THEY PUT RED-AND-WHITE
MODELING CHOCOLATE ON TOP OF THE CEREAL-TREAT BASE SO THAT THEY
COULD REALLY SCULPT IT. TONI AND DANIELLA ARE TWO OF
MY MOST TALENTED ARTISTS. THEY’RE NOT REALLY CAKE PEOPLE.
THEY’RE MORE ARTISTS. SO THEY SCULPT, THEY PAINT.
THEY DO MORE OF THAT. ONCE THE HEADS ARE SCULPTED
INTO THE SHAPE THAT WE WANT, WE ADD A LITTLE LUSTER DUST
TO ADD TEXTURE AND SHINE. THEN COME EXTRA DETAILS
LIKE EDIBLE BEADS AND TEETH AND EYES
MAKE OUT OF CHOCOLATE. ♪♪ SO THE DRAGON-BOAT CAKE
IS A THREE-TIERED CAKE THAT I’M STACKING OFF-CENTERED SO TO HAVE A LITTLE ROOM
AROUND THE BOTTOM TIER SO THE DRAGONS COULD KIND OF
COIL THEIR WAY AROUND. ONE, TWO, THREE. AND I LOOK AT
THESE DRAGON HEADS, AND THEY WERE FREAKING BIG. I SAID “SOFTBALL,”
AND THEY MADE BOWLING BALLS. THAT AFFECTS THINGS. BECAUSE NOW I HAVE TO CHANGE
THE WHOLE DESIGN OF THE CAKE, YOU KNOW? PUT ONE UP HERE, ON TOP OF
THE 10-INCH, FACING THIS WAY. ALL’S I GOT TO SAY IS, “THANK GOD I GOT MAURO
WATCHING MY BACK.” IT BARELY FITS ON THERE —
JUST THE SMALL ONE. BECAUSE WE PUT OUR HEADS
TOGETHER, WE CAME UP WITH A NEW
DIRECTION FOR THIS CAKE. I GUESS WE COULD KIND OF
WRAP HIS BODY HERE AND THEN HIS BODY
COMES AROUND HERE. CRISSCROSSING
IN THE BACK. I SCRAPPED
THE WATER PAINTING ON IT, AND I FIGURED WE’LL JUST DO
BIGGER DRAGON BODIES AND MAKE THE DRAGONS A MORE
PREDOMINANT PART OF THE CAKE. I’M LIKE, “MAURO,
LET’S GET THE CEREAL TREATS, AND LET’S MAKE THE BODIES.” WE KIND OF ROLLED THEM UP
AND MADE THE BODIES LIKE A COILY, DRAGONY SNAKE
TYPE OF THING. GIVE ME THE BUTTERCREAM BAG. HEY, DANNY?
-YES, SIR. MAKE ME RED. ADD A LITTLE
MODELING CHOCOLATE TO IT. IT’S GOT TO BE LIKE RED
TO GO WITH THIS. I GOT A GREAT IDEA
FOR THE SCALES. WHAT I’M GONNA DO IS I’M GONNA TAKE A LITTLE
TEXTURED ROLLING PIN THAT’S LIKE A COBBLESTONE. WE KIND OF WRAPPED IT
AROUND THE CAKE. AND THEN WHAT WE’LL DO
IS WHERE THE SEAM IS, WE’LL CUT, LIKE, A GOLD STRIP. TO DECORATE THEM
A LITTLE BIT. THEN I CALLED OVER CHRISTINE, WHO’S ACTUALLY REALLY, REALLY
INNOVATIVE AND TALENTED, AND SHE CUT ME OUT SOME
DIFFERENT WAVY PATTERNS THAT WE PUT ON THE SIDE THAT KIND OF REPRESENTS
THE WATER AND THE DRAGONS. AND THEN I USED AIRBRUSH TO ADD GOLD HIGHLIGHTS
TO THE ENTIRE CAKE. AND, I MEAN, IT LOOKED HOT. SHE LOOKS ALL DONE. GOOD JOB, TEAM. LET’S PACK THIS PUPPY UP,
AND LET’S GO. IT’S A HEAVY DRAGON. [ INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS ] -WHOO!
[ CHEERING ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
THANK YOU. IT’S AN AMAZING CAKE. YOU GUYS LIKE IT? YEAH. SAY THANK YOU! All: THANK YOU!

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