Atlanta cake artist and 15-time Food Network challenger Joshua John Russell has single-handedly made piped cake decor cool. Get over your fear of the pastry bag and discover Joshua's signature techniques for perfectly piped details, from ornate monograms to sculpted cake jewelry and gilded accents. You’ll learn how to make royal icing and pipe sophisticated designs for wedding cakes or any occasion cake that calls for elegance and panache. Building skills one step at a time with style and humor, Joshua will help you boost your confidence and become a cake piping pro.
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.
Your favorite designer handbag, lacy frock or feathered hat could become the inspiration for your next cake. In Fashion-Inspired Fondant, you'll learn about the design process and how to turn your sketches and ideas into tasty reality. Fondant, gum paste and rice paper become lace, quilted fabric and feathers, turning simple cakes into couture creations. Instructor Joshua John Russell explains his design process, teaches you how to make reusable fondant molds and demonstrates the use of impression mats and gum paste tools for fabulous, elegant results.
If you're looking to learn more fondant skills, there's no better teacher than my friend, Marina Sousa. Her Craftsy class, Advanced Fondant Techniques, is an in-depth overview of all things fondant. Marina has a wonderfully warm spirit, and an uncanny teaching ability. I really enjoyed her class!
If you're intrigued by embellishments, I highly recommend you take Handcrafted Sugar Flowers, taught by sugar artist Jacqueline Butler. Her professional teaching style is easy to follow as she shows you how to use homemade sugar paste to make a hydrangea and other flowers, plus buds, petals, and leaves. You will love this class!