Modern Buttercream

with Joshua John Russell

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Cut, level, fill and crumb coat your layers like a professional then learn Joshua John Russell's trade secrets for a beautiful buttercream finish for free! Read More…

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Class Description

In this free Craftsy mini-class, Joshua shares a fresh take on classic buttercream skills to make your cakes look as wonderful as they taste. If you are a brand new decorator, Joshua will teach you how to cut, level, fill and crumb coat your cake layers like a professional. Then learn his trade secrets for a smooth or textured buttercream finish and add simple accents with gum paste and piping gel. If you loved Joshua in his first Craftsy class, Modern Piping, you'll want to learn his trade secrets for a smooth or textured buttercream finish ... in any weather.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your FREE Mini-Class!

  • Learn a little about how free Craftsy classes work.


Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Joshua gets you started by explaining how to use the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 3. Making Buttercream

  • Learn to make Swiss meringue buttercream like a pro with Joshua's step-by-step instruction.


Lesson 4. Putting the Cake Together

  • You'll learn to put the perfect cake together as you develop your leveling and torting skills. Joshua also shows you how to trim the sides.


Lesson 5. Texture and Deco

  • Learn to add rustic texture to your buttercream as Joshua shows you how to get messy on purpose. Create patchwork butterflies, as well as bows out of fondant.


Lesson 6. Conclusion

  • Stack your cakes while supporting each layer, then add those beautiful butterflies and bows with Joshua's step-by-step guidance.

"I can't believe how much I learned during the Modern Buttercream class. I'm impressed with the convenience, instructor's expertise, chatting with fellow students and seeing pictures of what others have achieved. Well done ... I love this learning platform."
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