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with Erica O'Brien
Online Class

Better Buttercream

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Create the most delicious Swiss, Italian and French buttercreams with step-by-step guidance from cake decorator Erica O'Brien. Start with how to make pillowy meringue as you whip up simple Swiss and dreamy Italian meringue buttercreams. Next, create a super-rich French buttercream that's perfect as a filling. You'll also discover the secrets for coloring your buttercream with confidence, and creating mouthwatering flavors from everyday ingredients. Then, you'll see how to level, tort, dam, fill and crumb coat your cakes. With your cake prepared, Erica will teach you how to smooth buttercream, for flawless icing that creates beautiful sides and a super-sharp top edge. Plus, find out how to show off your cakes with a beautiful pinstripe buttercream technique, fun rustic textures or gorgeous metallic finishes.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h57m

Included in this Class

1. Swiss Meringue Buttercream

1. Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Meet cake designer Erica O'Brien and preview the techniques you'll learn to make a better buttercream. Then get started with the classic Swiss meringue buttercream. Erica demonstrates each step of the process, then shares some sanity-saving tips to troubleshoot common problems.

2. Italian Meringue Buttercream

2. Italian Meringue Buttercream

Prefer to make a more stable buttercream? Erica shares her techniques for whipping up pillowy Italian meringue. Learn how to perfect the timing needed to create the signature stiff peaks, then discover simple ways to achieve the perfect color so you can customize cakes for any occasion.

3. French Buttercream

3. French Buttercream

Learn the secret to making a decadent French buttercream filling that will be the talk of the party! With Erica's guidance, you'll see how to achieve consistently silky, smooth results. Plus, find out which simple ingredients can add delightful flavors to your buttercream.