Make impressive piping simple as you learn how to decorate a cake with icing alongside cake decorator Amanda Rettke. Start by creating luscious American-style buttercream, and use it to coat your cake in super smooth icing. With your cake prepared, it's time to start piping! Discover how to use a round tip to pipe pushed petals, Chantilly lace and lettering. Next, bring lovely rosettes, all-over shells and fabulous fan textures to life with star tips. Then, switch to petal tips, and create breathtaking ruffled designs such as curved rainbows, tempting tapered patterns and more. Plus, use grass and leaf tips to pipe multicolored pom-pom decorations and enticing holiday designs. Along the way, you'll get plenty of inspiration for using these techniques to create dazzling finished cakes of your own.
Meet cake designer Amanda Rettke and learn about the prep work necessary for successful piping. Then, whip up Amanda's luscious buttercream recipe to get your cake ready for any buttercream design.
Learn the basics of filling a piping bag with Amanda's guidance. As you practice piping several simple motifs, you'll see how easy it is to create lovely effects using different levels of pressure. Plus, play around with color to enhance and brighten your designs!
Add striking motifs to your cakes using star tips! Starting large, Amanda shows you several quintessential piping techniques. In addition, you'll learn how to create a Neapolitan rosette, an easy all-over cake design with endless color, size and style variations.
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