DVD Class

Better Buttercream (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0051Q


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.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

Swiss Meringue Buttercream (28:32)
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.

Italian Meringue Buttercream (26:33)
Prefer to make a more stable buttercream? Erica shares her techniques for whipping up pillowy Italian meringue. Learn how to perfect the timing needed to create the signature stiff peaks, then discover simple ways to achieve the perfect color so you can customize cakes for any occasion.

French Buttercream (15:38)
Learn the secret to making a decadent French buttercream filling that will be the talk of the party! With Erica’s guidance, you’ll see how to achieve consistently silky, smooth results. Plus, find out which simple ingredients can add delightful flavors to your buttercream.

Flavoring (26:20)
Gain confidence flavoring your icings and fillings. Erica offers in-depth instruction on infusing a variety of flavors into your buttercreams using liqueurs, juice, sweet treats, fresh fruits and more. In addition, you’ll learn how to create a delicious jam, perfect for coloring and flavoring any type of buttercream.

Layering & Crumb Coating (25:47)
Once you’ve made your buttercream, it’s time to frost your cake! First, Erica shares a simple method for constructing custom-sized cake boards. Then, practice piping an icing dam and adding buttercream filling to achieve even cake layers. You’ll also learn a trusty technique for applying a perfect crumb coat.

Creating a Clean Finish (21:17)
See how to create a perfectly smooth buttercream finish on your cakes. Erica shares a handy tool that will ensure clean, straight sides. Plus, find out how to achieve a sharp top edge for professional-looking results!

Amazing Textures (33:30)
Embellish your cakes with gorgeous textures that will wow partygoers. Watch and learn Erica’s techniques for creating a variety of effects ranging from festive pinstripes to rustic finishes. You’ll also learn how to add a little bling to your buttercream with amazing metallic looks.

Your Instructor

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.

Bonus Materials

Better Buttercream - Supplies and Recipes


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. Your purchase also includes access to a streaming version of the class and downloadable PDF class materials. After your purchase, you can find your streaming class and your PDF class materials by logging into your Craftsy account using the user name and password you established.

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How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
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Do I have to purchase a Craftsy Membership to get my class?
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Do your DVDs work on international players?
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What is your return policy?
We want to be sure you’re satisfied. If you have trouble playing your DVD, if the content is not correctly presented on the DVD, or you are dissatisfied with the content of your class, we will work with you. Contact Craftsy customer service via email or phone. Upon your request, and upon your return of the DVD to us, we will refund your purchase price or send you another DVD to replace a damaged or incorrect DVD, whichever is your preference. If you do receive a full refund, your streaming video class will also be removed from your Craftsy account, so on-demand video access will no longer be available to you.