Max and Ruby Cake


The Making of Max

No matter the creative endeavor…you invariably end up sharing a slice of your soul through the work.


A lot of how I do what I do is a mystery to many. In this short film, I share a glimpse of what goes on in the making of a 3D cake, and the thought process behind it.

I hope you will enjoy the view from my kitchen!

Max and Ruby Cake by Cakewalker

Special thanks to Will Ackerman: producer, guitarist, and founder of Windham Hill Records for graciously sharing his music in the production of Making Max.


  1. What a wonderful perspctive of your talent and thought process, Brooks. My favoirte part of the video is your son’s smile at the end – what a treasure. Thanks for posting this.

  2. That cake is remarkable and the video is utterly charming. Wonderful post!

  3. Brooks,
    Thank you so much for this beautiful video. I loved seeing you narrate the story behind the Max cake, including the building process, your son’s sweet reaction, and the passion you put into your baking. There is so much love in that cake, and truly everything you do. It brought a tear to my eyes.


    • Brooks Walker says

      Jeanne, thank you so much! Your lovely comment means the world to me, and I’m grateful for your encouragement and support. My best to TCP, and Happy Easter.

  4. Brooks, even in my cake decorating phase I never tackled a 3D cake. Perhaps if I’d had an adorable little boy like yours to reward me with a beaming sweet smile! You make it look so easy, but I know I’d be tearing my hair out!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Jean, you’re a dear for the compliment and I thank you. My experience in remodeling a kitchen helped me to grasp concepts of structure, level and support which, as you likely know, are key elements for 3D cakes. And yes, my son is a big light in my life―I’m a lucky man!

  5. Brooks, This cake is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you in action and the narrative added a special dimension. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Very cool video! Fun to watch, and so, so informative. Thanks.

  7. What an adorable smile from one very lucky boy. I can’t wait to see what he chooses next year!

  8. Wow, that is some fantastic cake Brooks. I’ve read that people will freeze the cake before frosting it, did you do that with this one? You mentioned that you have an image in your mind, that is usually how I prepare for a dinner party, I envision how each course will be presented and sometimes I even make a little illustration so I don’t forget. Your son looks so happy with his birthday cake, it looks like it was a huge success.

    • Brooks Walker says

      Thank you for the compliment, Eva! The cake was indeed a big success, and you ask a great question. I don’t frost cakes in a frozen state, whether for a crumb or finish coat, but often do so when the cakes have chilled, covered in the refrigerator. Chilled cake somewhat firms up the crumb making them a little easier to handle for stacking/frosting. While you can frost frozen cakes, I wouldn’t recommend it for cakes destined for fondant; as the frozen cake comes to room temperature under the fondant, the crumb will relax, settle a bit, air will try to escape, and this leads to problematic air bubbles and bulges trapped under the fondant. These unsightly air pockets and layer bulges are a cake decorator’s nightmare.

  9. This cake is BEYOND fab, Brooks. Love your video, too. However, my VERY favorite part of this post is the smile on your baby boy’s face. Absolutely priceless!!!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Hi Betsy, so glad to have you here! Many thanks for the kind words, and you’re right—no dollar amount can be placed on those smiles.

  10. Brooks, what an awesome video! I enjoyed watching that so much. So professional! It’s very cool to see how that character came to life. Great job.

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