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Buttercream Succulents & Cacti

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Move beyond buttercream flowers and create lifelike succulents and cacti.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and two buttercream recipes
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Liz Shim

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Ready to dive into the newest buttercream trend? Cake designer Liz Shim shows you how to create realistic buttercream succulents and cacti to arrange on cakes, cupcakes and more. With Liz’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll master a variety of new techniques for piping lifelike plants and coloring earthy tones in buttercream.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Buttercream Basics & Coloring
Meet Liz Shim and follow along as she demonstrates a quick and simple buttercream recipe. Then, dive into coloring as Liz shares how to mix earthy greens and purples. She also covers ways to mute brighter, artificial looking color. After that, find out how to fill your piping bag and create variegated colors for a dual-tone effect.
2. Piping Succulents
3. Succulent Glass Terrariums
4. Buttercream Cacti
5. Terra Cotta Cactus Cupcakes
6. Arranging on a Naked Cake

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Taught by

Liz Shim
Liz Shim
Liz Shim discovered her love of edible art as a teenager and went on to graduate from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu program at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Today, Liz is the owner and head designer of Eat Cake Be Merry, a cake studio serving the New York City area. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Brides, The Knot, People and Martha Stewart Weddings. Liz's cakes also have been named America's Most Beautiful Cakes by Brides magazine on multiple occasions, and she's been named one of Martha Stewart Weddings' Top Pastry Pros in America.

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