Buttercream Piping
Finish up with a mashup of the Crying Onion and Mini Monster Cake! Sculpt and decorate a monster of your own with fur-like buttercream and fondant limbs and horns.
JJR’s Gothic Cake looks magnificent in crimson and gold. Work with royal icing and practice your piping skills. Then learn to color royal icing in shimmering gold.
Get started with an approachable version of JJR's Agate Geode Cake. Learn how to cut the geode, properly cover it and add finishing details, including gold, of course!
Learn how to make a smaller (but still awesome) version of James' Succulent Wedding Cake. Gold accents, gum paste succulents and eye-catching colors make this cake shine brighter than the rest.
Release a Choctopus of your own! With eight tentacles, it's more modestly sized to fit in your kitchen. You'll need lots of modeling chocolate, but no copper piping (and no glue gun… remember the glue gun?).
Joshua John Russell, award-winning cake designer and star of our Man About Cake (MAC) series, creates five cakes inspired by his most popular designs. These smaller scale, beginner-friendly cakes are just as impressive as the originals, and achievable for any home baker.
Joshua John Russell
Joshua John Russell
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
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
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