3-D Cake Stand Cookie Tutorial


Julia always loves to bring an element of surprise to her cookies, and this project does just that. Now you can have your cake (stand cookie) and eat it too! Whether you choose to load the stand with store-bought sweets or to go all out with Julia’s companion 3-D cake cookie on top, making the cake stand just by itself will teach you so many valuable techniques – all of which can be used in countless other 3-D and 2-D cookie projects. Another plus: Julia shows how to create two stand styles in this one tutorial!

Once you’ve purchased, you’ll automatically receive a receipt with a link to a downloadable handout, including three recipes, sources, and extensive technique tips. Then, simply return to this page to view the tutorial as often and for as long as you like. The sneak peek video above will disappear and be replaced with the full-length video. Just remember to log into your account in order to view.

Note: The 3-D cookie cake that appears on some of the cake stands in the sneak peek video is a project unto itself, and is covered in Julia’s companion video tutorial. See “MORE LIKE THIS” below for more information.


Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced; some experience with airbrushing is a plus

Video Format: Professionally filmed and edited in studio setting

Video Length: 1:04:51

What You’ll Learn (11 Techniques):

  • Cutting oversized cookies
  • Contoured cookies
  • Contoured and embossed cookies
  • Franken-cookies (i.e., cookies altered with reductive or additive methods)
  • 3-D cookie prep (i.e., filing and sanding)
  • 3-D single-level cylinder assembly
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling
  • Fondant and modeling chocolate wraps, to cover 3-D cylinder sides
  • Modeling chocolate ribbons
  • Piped beadwork
  • 3-D multi-level cookie assembly (i.e., stacking component pieces)

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 35-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread, royal icing (with consistency adjustments for gluing, beadwork, and more), and modeling chocolate (both semisweet and white)
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive airbrushing and stenciling technique tips
    • other key technique tips related to this project
    • inspiration images
  • Access to Julia via email or Superpeer for tutorial Q&A (at any time, though please allow 48 hours for a response)

Video Outline (Time Stamp):

  • Introduction (0:00 – 2:20)
  • Tool overview (2:21 – 11:13)
  • Cookie overview and cutting, shaping, and baking cookies (11:14 – 26:36)
  • Covering cookie parts, including assembly and wrapping of cylinders (26:37 – 42:19)
  • Airbrushing/stenciling cake plateau and optional foot (aka base), including a discussion of Julia’s design process (42:20 – 46:36)
  • Adding trim and final details, including modeling chocolate ribbons, beadwork, and optional footed pedestal assembly (46:37 – 1:00:31)
  • Final assembly of two stand styles and closing remarks (1:00:32 – 1:04:51)

Purchase Agreement: Julia M. Usher and Julia M. Usher, LLC are the sole copyright owners of this video tutorial and handout. Reproduction, distribution, resale, and/or any other use for financial gain of this video or handout, in whole or in part, are strictly prohibited. However, as the purpose of Julia’s tutorials is to teach, any knowledge gleaned from this video and handout can be used to make cookies or other products for either personal use or sale. In purchasing this tutorial, you acknowledge that you agree to these terms of use.

Julia’s Return Policy: Due to the online nature of this tutorial, all sales are final.

Video Production: Two 5:7 North, April 2023

Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons license

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Video Tutorial

Skill Level

Intermediate, Advanced


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