Roland Winbeckler
Craftsy Instructor

Redding, Calif.

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Roland Winbeckler is the father of the American cake decorating movement, having begun his career in 1971. He is well known for his buttercream piping skills—from flowers, to borders, to intricate figures. He helped pioneer such decorating standards as sculpted cakes, and he continues to make his work relevant to the modern cake community: Roland and his wife Marsha created the showcase cake for the 2012 ICES convention. Roland is the author ... Read Full Bio »

Roland's Craftsy Classes

Piping Buttercream Borders

Turn your next creation into a timeless masterpiece with everyone's favorite icing: Buttercream! With Roland Winbeckler, the father of American cake decorating, you’ll make perfect decorating icing, roll your own parchment piping bags and even tint the icing right in the bag! Start with simple shells, swags and scrolls before diving into rustic rosettes, flawless filigree and dramatic drop strings. Also included is a buttercream technique for the hottest thing in cake these days: ombré ruffles. Roland will show you how to cultivate your skills on a practice board before heading to the turntable. 

$14.99 $29.99

What's New

Apr 27, 2014
- Sep 26, 2014
Marsha and I will be teaching 3 separate hands-on classes at the Sugar Arts Institute in Ephrata, PA in September. All supplies for use during the classes and lunch each day are included. We hope to meet you at one of the upcoming classes.-- Comprehensive Buttercream Class--2 Days (Sept. 22 & 23)-- Sculpture with Internal Frame--2 Days (Sept. 24 & 25)-- Airbrush Techniques Class--1 Day (Sept. 26)-- For more details and registration info, see

Upcoming Events

Sep '14 22

Sep 22, 2014 - Sep 23, 2014
Comprehensive Buttercream Class--2 Days--By Roland & Marsha Winbeckler Includes Use of Necessary Supplies During Class & Lunch--Held at the Sugar Arts Institute, Ephrata, PA-- Are you a whiz at fondant, but just can't pipe, or maybe your piping just needs improvement? This class will take the fear out of piping and working with buttercream. Learn how to frost a cake so smooth it looks like fondant, how to pipe fancy borders, create a beautiful rose and ruffle flower, stencil on buttercream, learn basic figure piping, how to create amazing buttercream embellishments, and more. A well-decorated buttercream cake is beautiful, and nothing can compete with its ease of serving and creamy texture. Learn from the masters of buttercream--Roland & Marsha Winbeckler. With their decades of buttercream experience, they can answer any questions you have about this versatile and delicious icing! For more info and registration instructions, see:

Sep '14 24

Sep 24, 2014 - Sep 25, 2014
Sculpture with Internal Frame--2 Days--By Roland & Marsha Winbeckler --Includes use of Necessary Supplies During Class & Lunch--Held at the Sugar Arts Institute, Ephrata, PA-- Learn to create eye-popping edible sculptures. The Winbeckler's will share their knowledge of which materials and icings work best for sculptures, how to create the internal support, how to shape and sculpt a figure, and how to form the features that make their sculptures "come to life." Each student will sculpt and decorate a figure approx. 20" high that includes an internal support. There will also be a brief discussion on how to create various types of internal support for other types of sculptures. The basic techniques shown in class are the same used to create other figures including the Winbeckler's famous life-size sculptures. --For more info and registration instructions, see:

Sep '14 26

Airbrush Techniques Class--1 Day--By Roland & Marsha Winbeckler--Includes use of Necessary Supplies During Class & Lunch--Held at the Sugar Arts Institute, Ephrata, PA-- Learn how to get the most from an airbrush and how to create impressive designs using this versatile cake decorating tool. Students will learn how to operate and care for an airbrush, what types of airbrushes work well for cake decorating (surprisingly, more expensive does not necessarily mean better), what exercises to practice to gain better control, how to cut and use custom stencils, and how to add special effects to their cakes. Don't worry if you don't have an airbrush, an airbrush set (airbrush/compressor) is provided for use during the class! The Winbeckler's will share their many years of airbrushing experience, and students will leave class feeling more comfortable with an airbrush and ready to use the designs and techniques taught in class.-- For more info and registration instructions, see:

Roland's Projects

Cowboy bust in fondant and gum paste.
Filigree, Scrolls & Drop Strings
Buttercream piped baby cake,
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