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Piping Buttercream Borders

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Master the art of decorative piped buttercream with award-winning cake artist Roland Winbeckler.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Roland Winbeckler
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Add sophistication and elegance to your next cake as hall of fame cake artist Roland Winbeckler teaches you the classic techniques for Piping Buttercream Borders. Learn to make perfect decorating icing, roll your own parchment piping bags and even tint the icing right in the bag! Start with simple shells, swags and scrolls before diving into rustic rosettes, flawless filigree and dramatic drop strings. Also included is a buttercream technique for the hottest thing in cake these days: ombré ruffles. Roland will show you how to cultivate your skills on a practice board before heading to the turntable. Perfect your piping skills; sign up for Piping Buttercream Borders today.

What You'll Learn

* How to make perfect decorating icing

* How to roll and fill piping bags

* How to pipe shells, double-reverse shells and swags

* How to pipe scrolls, add over-piped embellishments and incorporate them into a cake

* How to cover a cake with ruffles, petals and rosettes

* How to decorate your cake in for an ombré effect

* How to pipe delicate lace and filigree using buttercream or piping gel

* How to tint your icing in the bag to create elements with graduated coloring

* How to transfer filigree patterns onto a cake

* How to create exquisite drop strings and perfect vertical lines

What You'’ll Make

Gorgeous cakes using classic techniques

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started & Making Icing
Meet your instructor, Roland Winbeckler, and learn his secrets for making buttercream icing, perfect for piping.
2. Piping Bags & Tips
3. Embellishing Shells
4. Fancy Scrolls
5. Ruffles, Petals & Rosettes
6. Line Scrolls, Filigree & Lace
7. More Filigree Methods
8. Piping Drop Strings

Taught by

Roland Winbeckler
Roland Winbeckler
Roland Winbeckler is the father of the American cake decorating movement, having begun his career in 1971. Well-known for his buttercream piping skills, from flowers, to borders, to intricate figures, he helped pioneer such decorating standards as sculpted cakes.

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