by Sharon Wee

Do you know what it is like when a cake artist you have admired for a long time agrees to let you take a private class with them and then tells you, you can do any two projects you’d like? Oh, my head started to spin… it’s like Santa giving you his goody bag of toys and saying ‘go ahead, pick ANYTHING you want!’

I’ve been a long time admirer of the work from Mike’s from Mike’s Amazing Cakes (Facebook page here). The business name does not lie – his cakes are not only amazing, but super awesome and structurally gravity defying too.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I was so excited and could not really settle on an idea. So finally I decided to work backwards… What did I want to learn most out of the classes? Then I started to develop the designs around those learning outcomes.

I knew I wanted to learn how to use motors to make things move, and I also wanted to work on something super gravity defying. Hmmm…. so since I was told ‘anything’ I decided to aim high and make it challenging. How did I know it would be challenging? Well, I thought of the designs I had chosen and wondered how I would make the structure if I really wanted to try to. My mind came up blank so I knew I had made the right choice 🙂

I have never used buttercream with 3D cakes before so this was all new to me 🙂

The class was fantastic and Mike went over the top to share everything he knows and even gave me an explanation of all his different power tools and a rundown of all the different materials he uses. I quickly learned that Mike was super detailed and very organised.

He looks like a bit of a fatty in this picture. This was pre-diet.
Post-diet 🙂

He went to the effort of making all the templates for me, doing all the research, printing out all the photos of the different angles, gathering lots of references and creating a picture board… so all I had to do was follow his step by step instructions and learn his techniques. He is by far the most organised teacher I have had the pleasure of learning from.

These balloons were made from gelatin 🙂 An amazing new medium for me. Mike even thoughtfully organised this part to be taught by a guest decorator, Annie.
Does my bum look too big for my tail?

Lots of decorators these days tend to be highly guarded when it comes to sharing how they do things but Mike is extremely down to earth and more than willing to share his decorating knowledge which I really admire.

The finished leaping stag! Whee…. All cake and modeling chocolate except for his antlers.
The finished balloon girl! All cake and modeling chocolate. She spins around too!

These were by far the most challenging projects I have ever undertaken and I am so happy with how they both turned out and how much I learnt from Mike. I only wished I lived in the US to be able to take more classes with him. If you are lucky enough to be able to spend some time with Mike in class, I highly recommend it 🙂

Or if you can’t find time to visit, you can watch his classes online at Craftsy! Check the links below to receive a discount.

Mike McCarey: Incredible Cut-Out Cakes - Learn more and get a discount!

Mike McCarey: All-Star Cakes - Learn more and get a discount!

Mike McCarey: Classic Car, Timeless Techniques - Learn more and get a discount!

Mike McCarey: Advanced Cake Sculpting - Learn more and get a discount!

Some of Sharon's favourite tools

10 Comments on An Amazing Cakey Holiday

  1. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012 at 10:19 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Sharon,
    Iam just a beginner and i like your blog so much.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Sherly

  2. Bellenza Bistro
    August 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm (6 years ago)

    You are so talented and creative. These are unbelievable! And Mike sounds like a wonderful teacher!

  3. alyce
    June 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm (6 years ago)

    For tha balloon girl, are the strings made of wire and how did he get the knot so good on he balloons? They look so real.

  4. Sharon
    June 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Hey Alyce, the balloons and the knots were made from gelatine. When it shrinks it naturally looks like actual knots from a balloon 🙂

  5. cakebaker_cakemaker
    August 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I was going to ask the same question…how did you get the knots on the balloons.?….every tutorial I’ve seen has a hole in the bottom of the gelatine balls….I presume the ‘strings’ are wires. I intend to make mine from unbreakable gel.

  6. Roxannerich
    November 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Amazing. I love your discipline and dedication to the craft.

  7. Shivani
    March 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

    How much does he charge for private classes?

    • Sharon Wee
      March 12, 2016 at 7:29 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Shivani, it would be best to contact Mike directly because this was a few years ago and I’m not sure if he still does private classes

  8. Risdiyan
    November 4, 2017 at 3:59 am (1 year ago)

    Sharon Wee, u still contact with mike?

    • Sharon Wee
      November 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm (1 year ago)

      We haven’t had a chance to meet up lately but I follow his work online.


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