Dragon Wedding Cake Tutorial

Skill level: Intermediate

I have been asked over and over to make a classic red dragon on a cake and when this Dungeons and Dragons die-hard couple approached me about doing a dragon-themed wedding cake, I jumped on the chance to make it.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the artistic painted design on the wedding cake tiers, along with the sculpted classic red dragon out of edible materials. Learn how to create the unique structure that will support the dragon, how to sculpt the muscles and facial features, how to add edible teeth and an edible fireball. The wings in particular turned out amazing and have a show-stopping quality to them that will surely impress your nerdy guests.

There’s a lot to cover in this tutorial, so let’s get our tools together and let’s get started!

2:22:41 Minutes of Instruction

What You Will Learn

  • How to make a red dragon cake sculpted out of edible materials
  • Learn how to create the internal structure to support the dragon
  • How to paint the cake tiers using edible oil paints
  • How to arrange real flowers onto a cake

Wedding cake with a sculpted dragon sitting on top fighting bride and groom cake toppers

Tutorial Chapters

  1. Making the wings 0:55
  2. Measuring the dragon 10:55
  3. Shaping the PVC pipe 16:17
  4. Making the cake dummy 19:21
  5. Adding the straws and foil tape 25:34
  6. Adding the armature wire 28:31
  7. Coloring the modeling paste 35:40
  8. Adding bulk to the dragon 36:37
  9. Adding muscles part 1 41:49
  10. Detailing the abdomen 48:06
  11. Prepping the cake boards 52:21
  12. Stacking the cakes 56:21
  13. Making the water ganache 59:37
  14. Painting the cake 1:01:01
  15. Attaching the dragon 1:07:52
  16. Making the head 1:11:43
  17. Adding the wings 1:24:14
  18. Adding the tail 1:25:43
  19. Adding chocolate to the wings 1:28:50
  20. Building up the arms 1:33:40
  21. Adding the legs 1:40:29
  22. Torching the wings 1:47:21
  23. Adding scale texture 1:50:06
  24. Carving and texturing the face 1:53:11
  25. Adding claws 1:55:57
  26. Painting the dragon 2:00:10
  27. Making the isomalt fire 2:13:24
  28. Adding the eyes 2:14:32
  29. Making the fireball 2:15:13
  30. Adding teeth 2:18:50
  31. Making and adding bouquet 2:19:37