3-D Wedding Cake Cookie Tutorial


Just in time for summer wedding season, Julia brings you this lookalike wedding cake cookie. As hard as it may be to believe, there’s not a crumb of actual cake in this project! Comprised entirely of contoured cookies covered with fondant (or modeling chocolate) and festooned with royal icing flowers and leaves, this 12-cookie project is a stunner that’s sure to impress. The other plus: it’s a lot easier to make than it looks! Though Julia’s four-tier version embraces her more-is-more mentality, the project can easily be scaled down by making fewer tiers. And, as usual, Julia’s video instruction details every single step so that even beginners can follow along.

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 cookie cake stand on which this cake sits 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; though beginners with patience and airbrushing experience will enjoy this project too!

Video Format: Professionally filmed and edited in studio setting

Video Length: 1:15:06

What You’ll Learn (12+ Techniques):

  • Contoured cookies
  • 3-D cookie prep (i.e., filing and sanding)
  • 3-D single-level cylinder assembly
  • Contoured royal icing transfers, for curved leaves
  • Royal icing flowers (i.e., ranunculus)
  • Airbrush shading
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling
  • Fondant and modeling chocolate wraps, to cover 3-D cylinder sides
  • 3-D multi-level cookie assembly (i.e., stacking tiers)
  • Modeling chocolate ribbons and bows
  • Piecework assembly (i.e., arranging flower, leaf, and bow “bouquets”)
  • Piped royal icing leaves, for “filler”

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 32-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread, royal icing (with consistency adjustments for gluing, flowers, beadwork, and more), and modeling chocolate (both white and semisweet)
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive airbrushing and stenciling technique tips
    • other key technique tips related to this project
    • piping template (for leaves)
    • 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 – 1:38)
  • Tool overview (1:39 – 10:08)
  • Cookie overview and cutting, shaping, and baking cookies (10:09 – 19:56)
  • Assembly of representative cake tier (19:57 – 27:04)
  • Piping contoured royal icing leaves and flower introduction (27:05 – 39:52)
  • Piping royal icing flowers (39:53 – 45:01)
  • Wrapping representative cake tier with fondant or modeling chocolate, including airbrushing/stenciling pattern (45:02 – 57:17)
  • Stacking tiers and decorating tier tops (57:18 – 1:11:59)
  • Placing cake on cookie stand and closing remarks (1:12:00 – 1:15:06)

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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