Better Buttercream: Stunning Techniques
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.
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 other publications as well as on many noteworthy blogs.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
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.
Use icing combs to make unexpected vertical stripes. Erica will share advanced buttercream designs for eye-catching honeycomb and plaid effects. And, you'll learn how to backfill your combed designs with contrasting colors.
Find out how to use cutters to create graphic patterns in your buttercream. Then, get comfortable making freehand inlay designs and use a simple household item to create alluring cakes.
Learn Erica's secret to a perfect exterior: chocolate transfers! Then, use stencils to create playful buttercream patterns and kick your stenciling up a notch with ombré coloring.
Experiment with changing up the consistency of your buttercream for new effects and create cakes with a contrasting lid, poured buttercream shapes and even paint with buttercream for a dip-dyed ombré effect.
Finally, understand the challenges of icing square cakes, and learn Erica's exclusive methods for achieving perfectly square corners and expertly smoothed buttercream surfaces.