DVD Class

Simple Piping, Stunning Results (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0046Q


Make impressive piping simple as you learn how to decorate a cake with icing alongside cake decorator Amanda Rettke.

Start by creating luscious American-style buttercream, and use it to coat your cake in super smooth icing. With your cake prepared, it’s time to start piping! Discover how to use a round tip to pipe pushed petals, Chantilly lace and lettering. Next, bring lovely rosettes, all-over shells and fabulous fan textures to life with star tips. Then, switch to petal tips, and create breathtaking ruffled designs such as curved rainbows, tempting tapered patterns and more. Plus, use grass and leaf tips to pipe multicolored pom-pom decorations and enticing holiday designs. Along the way, you’ll get plenty of inspiration for using these techniques to create dazzling finished cakes of your own.

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

Making Buttercream & Prepping Your Cake (23:06)
Meet cake designer Amanda Rettke and learn about the prep work necessary for successful piping. Then, whip up Amanda’s luscious buttercream recipe to get your cake ready for any buttercream design.

Introduction to Piping: The Round Tip (28:35)
Learn the basics of filling a piping bag with Amanda’s guidance. As you practice piping several simple motifs, you’ll see how easy it is to create lovely effects using different levels of pressure. Plus, play around with color to enhance and brighten your designs!

Star Tips: Large (12:02)
Add striking motifs to your cakes using star tips! Starting large, Amanda shows you several quintessential piping techniques. In addition, you’ll learn how to create a Neapolitan rosette, an easy all-over cake design with endless color, size and style variations.

Star Tips: Small (20:44)
Create sophisticated cake designs and textures using a smaller star tip — and Amanda’s easy-to-learn techniques. In the process, you’ll discover how to achieve a wide range of dazzling effects from this incredibly versatile tip.

Petal Tips: Simple Ruffles (20:48)
Learn a simple basic ruffle, generally considered a more difficult technique but made accessible with Amanda’s step-by-step demonstration. Alter designs as you change the direction of your piping, add patterns by changing icing color and even pipe two colors at the same time from the same bag!

Petal Tips: Patterned Ruffle Designs (17:35)
Expand your petal tip techniques — and create fun design variations — by learning how to ruffle on a curve. Then pipe along with Amanda as she makes her stunning and vibrant rainbow cake!

Miscellaneous Tips (12:22)
Learn how to use common tips in new ways to create updated piped looks sure to inspire! In addition, practice Amanda’s pom-pom technique and discover how to make holiday designs that are perfect for seasonal cakes.

Your Instructor

Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is a baker, cake decorator and stay-at-home mom. Ever since she created her now immensely popular blog, iambaker, Amanda’s passion for baking, decorating and photographing her delicious creations has only grown. Amanda’s sweet treats can be found in 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, and Cakes and her own book, Surprise-Inside Cakes. Her desserts also have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show and in the December 2010 issue of Brides Magazine.

Bonus Materials

Simple Piping, Stunning Results - 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?
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?
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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.