Online Class

Better Buttercream

$24.99$39.99
Format

Online Class

$24.99

DVD

$29.99

Make, color, and flavor your best buttercream yet. Plus, learn to ice cakes with super-smooth sides and razor-sharp edges.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 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

Create the most delicious Swiss, Italian and French buttercreams with step-by-step guidance from cake decorator Erica O'Brien. Start with how to make pillowy meringue as you whip up simple Swiss and dreamy Italian meringue buttercreams. Next, create a super-rich French buttercream that's perfect as a filling. You'll also discover the secrets for coloring your buttercream with confidence, and creating mouthwatering flavors from everyday ingredients. Then, you'll see how to level, tort, dam, fill and crumb coat your cakes. With your cake prepared, Erica will teach you how to smooth buttercream, for flawless icing that creates beautiful sides and a super-sharp top edge. Plus, find out how to show off your cakes with a beautiful pinstripe buttercream technique, fun rustic textures or gorgeous metallic finishes.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Swiss Meringue Buttercream
28:30
Meet cake designer Erica O'Brien and preview the techniques you'll learn to make a better buttercream. Then get started with the classic Swiss meringue buttercream. Erica demonstrates each step of the process, then shares some sanity-saving tips to troubleshoot common problems.
2. Italian Meringue Buttercream
26:32
3. French Buttercream
15:37
4. Flavoring
26:18
5. Layering and Crumb Coating
25:46
6. Creating a Clean Finish
21:16
7. Amazing Textures
33:28

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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