DVD Class

Innovative Buttercream Cakes (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0053Q


Use melt-in-your-mouth buttercream and innovative methods to create inspired cake designs alongside Valeri Valeriano and Christina Ong, the owners of London’s famous Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes.

Find out how to make their signature buttercream recipe, tint it to any color – even tricky hues like black and red – and pipe it with confidence. Transfer gorgeous patterns onto your cakes and fill them with dots of buttercream bursting with color and dimension. Learn to mark and pipe an elegant web of delicate lace. Uncover the secrets of using palette knives to blend colors beautifully and create textured backgrounds abloom with vibrant flowers. Achieve the ultimate in irresistible cakes as you create alluring designs with heavenly buttercream.

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

Introduction & Making Buttercream (38:38)
Meet your instructors, world-renowned cake designers and buttercream experts Christina Ong and Valeri Valeriano as you preview the three innovative and on-trend techniques you’ll master in this class. Then, discover the secrets behind making and coloring perfect buttercream every time. Finally, Valeri will share all of her insider tips on getting your buttercream-covered cakes perfectly smooth — so smooth customers might think they’re covered in fondant!

Floral Dot Cake: Part One (12:30)
Discover how stunning and artistic buttercream can be as you make the Floral Dot cake. Christina shows you how to use a pattern to trace the outline of your design in buttercream before transferring it to the cake. Prefer to draw freehand? No problem; you’ll learn how to do it on paper or directly on your cake!

Floral Dot Cake: Part Two (24:40)
It’s time to transfer your pattern to the cake. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect; Christina will show you how to fill in lines and clean up your design. Now you’ll pipe the dots! Start with the borders and then work in the details, one flower — and one dot — at a time. You’ll love the modern and lush look of this technique as you add dramatic color. Gather tips for perfect piping from how to hold your bag to how to position your body while you pipe.

Lace Cake (28:40)
Heighten the drama and the piping with Christina’s inventive technique for creating lace. Learn to freehand your design directly onto the cake and then add a beautiful, hand-piped lace effect that will take your decorating to a new level! Use over-piping to pull out more details and design highlights.

Palette Knife Painted Cake: Technique (22:22)
Explore the romantic and evocative designs you can create using a palette knife to “paint” the buttercream right onto the cake. Valeri will preview the tools and then take you through the movements that make up the different strokes you’ll use. Gain confidence blending colors and creating texture — grass, sky and even petals — using just your knife.

Palette Knife Painted Cake (23:18)
You don’t have to be a 19th century master to paint like one. Learn to use your favorite image as inspiration and turn it into a template as Valeri shows you what details are most important in conveying the essence of the design. Then, start painting using the skills learned in Lesson 5! Discover how to create dimension using shadow and how to add a background, filler flowers and leaves to your masterpiece.

Your Instructor

Valeri Valeriano & Christina Ong

Valeri Valeriano and Christina Ong are the owners of Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes, a multi-award-winning cake company based in London. They are the authors of The Contemporary Buttercream Bible, and their cakes have been featured both in print and on TV. They have demonstrated at exhibitions in the U.K. including The National Wedding Show, The Cake International Show, The Cake & Bake Show, Squires Kitchen’s annual sugarcraft exhibition and more. Valeri and Christina teach classes in Europe, the U.S, Asia and on Craftsy.

Bonus Materials

Innovative Buttercream Cakes - 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.

How do I access the companion materials for my DVD class?
Come to Craftsy.com and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” area, select the “Classes” content. On this page, you’ll see all classes you’ve purchased from Craftsy. Simply select the desired class from your content list, and you’ll be presented with your selected class page. From the class page you can easily view, download or print the companion class materials, which are in the “Bonus Materials” tab on the class page. You can log in any time, and download or print the companion materials as many times as you like. Companion class materials are not shipped in the mail with your DVD, and must be accessed on Craftsy.com.

How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
Come to Craftsy.com and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” content, select the desired class. Stream the video on-demand from the class page any time you like; your viewing access is unlimited. You can stream your class from any computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access.

Do I have to purchase a Craftsy Membership to get my class?
No, you do not. Every DVD purchased on Craftsy.com includes both the physical DVD in the mail and unlimited on-demand streaming access at Craftsy.com. These benefits are yours with or without a Craftsy membership.

Are DVDs included in a Craftsy Membership?
No, they are not. DVDs can only be purchased on an individual basis and are not included in Craftsy memberships. For non-members, DVDs are a flexible way to purchase only the classes you love best. For members, DVDs are a great choice to build an at-home library you can keep forever and enjoy any time, with or without Internet access.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we do ship most physical products, including DVDs, to several International destinations. In addition to the USA and Canada, we ship to Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and most Western European countries. If you live outside these countries, you can still purchase digital items including memberships, individual streaming classes, and pattern downloads.

Do your DVDs work on international players?
Yes, our DVDs should be compatible with any DVD player in use today. All our videos have been created with all current Region Codes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8). If you have trouble viewing a DVD purchased from Craftsy.com, please contact Customer Service.

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.