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Better Buttercream: Stunning Techniques

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Item # 15184120
Instructor : Erica O'Brien
$39.99 $29.99
Skill Level 3 : Proven experience
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.   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. More
Bring chic buttercream designs to life for cakes that look beautiful and taste great.

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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. 
 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.
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   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 other publications as well as on many noteworthy blogs.

Materials: What you Need

1 . Dritz EZY-Hem gauge
2 . Food-use plastic gloves
3 . Large and small flat icing spatulas
4 . Large and small offset spatula
5 . Turntable
6 . Craft knife
7 . Paring knife
8 . Palette knife
9 . Piping bags
10 . Ruffle tip (Ateco No. 401)  
11 . No. 10 piping tip
12 . Ruler and T-square (for cutting foam core)
13 . Foam core
14 . Non-slip shelf liner
15 . Spray color or airbrush
16 . Decorating combs
17 . Geometrics cutter set 
18 . Gold highlighter dust
19 . Chocolate transfers
20 . Florist pins
21 . Fondant smoother
22 . Stencils
23 . Chocolate or candy melts
24 . Instant-read candy thermometer
25 . Letter shapes
26 . Stencil paper (Simply Stencil), mylar or acetate 

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Surface Textures
00:25:28

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.

Lesson 2 : Combed Textures
00:15:49

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.

Lesson 3 : Inlays & Impressions
00:17:28

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.

Lesson 4 : Chocolate Transfers & Stencils
00:29:15

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.

Lesson 5 : Liquid Buttercream Techniques
00:16:53

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.

Lesson 6 : Square Cake Icing Techniques
00:16:42

Finally, understand the challenges of icing square cakes, and learn Erica's exclusive methods for achieving perfectly square corners and expertly smoothed buttercream surfaces.



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