Online Class

Better Buttercream: Stunning Techniques

$19.99$39.99

Bring chic buttercream designs to life for cakes that look beautiful and taste great.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Erica O'Brien
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Elevate your buttercream designs with inventive techniques and simple tools! Professional cake decorator Erica O'Brien is your guide as you begin by creating eye-catching brushed textures including vertical stripes and arches, and piped ombré ruffles. Then, add combed buttercream designs to your tool belt, from honeycomb effects and gorgeous plaid to impressive vertical designs. Erica will show you how to play with polka dot inlay using cutters as well as show you freehand inlay techniques. And, you'll experiment with the consistency of your buttercream for cakes with contrasting tops, poured buttercream shapes and painted looks. Plus, Erica will share her exclusive methods for achieving perfect corners when icing square cakes.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Surface Textures
25:28
Meet Erica O'Brien and begin putting everyday kitchen tools to work creating rich brushed textures, including stripes and arches. Then, learn how to create a simple ombré ruffle and appliqué unique buttercream shapes.
2. Combed Textures
15:49
3. Inlays & Impressions
17:28
4. Chocolate Transfers & Stencils
29:15
5. Liquid Buttercream Techniques
16:53
6. Square Cake Icing Techniques
16:42

Taught by

Erica O'Brien
Erica O'Brien
Erica discovered cake decorating quite by accident in 1995 and quickly fell in love with the art. After moving to California in 2006, Erica began designing cakes full time and quickly gained national recognition. In 2011, she moved to Connecticut where her business, Erica O'Brien Cake Design, continues to grow. Today, Erica's designs have been featured in Brides Magazine, The Knot and many others as well as on many noteworthy blogs. She lives with her husband and two spunky, cake-loving daughters.

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