Buttercream
Don't let your cakes fall flat — bring the texture and wow party guests with your impressive piping skills. Best part: they'll never know each of these designs is totally beginner-friendly!
Beginner
Valentine's Day is sweet on its own, but you can make it even better with a sugar rush. These cakes and cupcakes will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially when shared.
Bluprint
In broad daylight, this finished cake may look a bit boring. But once you have it under black lights, you'll get a jaw-dropping cake that positively glows!
Jessie Oleson Moore
Here's the thing: you don't need to be a whiz with a paint brush to create beautifully patterned cakes. All you actually need are stencils. They turn smears of buttercream into gorgeous, crisp patterns and create tasty works of art. Once you get the technique down, you can use it with any stencil to make a wide variety of desserts, whether you prefer an all-over pattern or just a few accents.
Erin Gardner
This cake has all the right moves for a modern bash. The winner is the two-toned buttercream, which makes the piping pop and feel extra vibrant. Best part: you only need one piping bag and tip to pull off this simple-yet-stunning design — easy cleanup, for the win!
Lyndsay Sung
Fact: the best flowers are buttercream flowers, and the same is true for poinsettias. This holiday design is beautiful, festive and totally deserves a spot on your dessert table.
Erin Gardner
Want to add some drama to your cake? Find out how to use gum paste and modeling chocolate to create dramatic shadow patterns.
Finish off your cake with stunning (and edible) wafer paper flowers! Rachael shares her secrets to designing and coloring lifelike orchids.
Now it's time to stack your individual tiers and build your cake. Rachael discusses sticking points and shares troubleshooting tips to make sure it all comes together seamlessly.
See how easy it is to create realistic concrete texture with Rachael's grated fondant technique. Then, learn to make gorgeous ganache drip accents painted with a vibrant shimmer.
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