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.
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!
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.
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!
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.