with Liz Shim
Online Class

The Modern Monogram

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Learn seven inspired cake topper techniques with countless variations alongside cake designer Liz Shim. Start by creating plaques with striking contrast or eye-catching cut-out letters. Achieve a brilliant look by making textured toppers that shine with metallics or a color-block look. Transform images into custom silhouettes for breathtaking toppers. Create darling gum paste bunting for messages with festive flair. Stake an inspired, individualized claim with fun flags or one-of-a-kind banners. Apply vibrant watercolor techniques for monograms with floral, ombré and negative space accents. Plus, discover how to make monogram toppers with a totally hip chalkboard treatment. Add modern magic to your cakes with supremely stylish custom messages.


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 2h35m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

In this brief introduction, meet instructor Liz Shim, the owner and head designer of Eat Cake Be Merry. Liz previews the wide variety of modern designs you'll create in each lesson and discusses the specific materials you'll need to complete the class.

2. Plaques & Cut-Out Letters

2. Plaques & Cut-Out Letters

Gain the fundamental skills you'll need to start designing a variety of modern toppers. Liz gives in-depth instructions on how to work with gum paste to create colorful plaques. Learn how to select the best cutters for your projects, and see Liz's techniques for rolling out gum paste, cutting out clean shapes, and inserting toothpicks into different-shaped toppers. In addition, discover how to create a chic monogram using a template and a craft knife. Liz also demonstrates the best methods for mounting toppers on buttercream- and fondant-covered cakes.

3. Modern Metallics

3. Modern Metallics

Advance your skills by creating stylish metallic toppers. Liz walks through the steps of embellishing a topper with highlighter dust for a lustrous effect, then she demonstrates the correct technique for applying color with edible spray paint. Next, Liz details how to create another striking modern design -- a color-block monogram topper accented with gold foil. Finally, you'll discover Liz's tips for adding a variety of interesting textures to gum paste using templates, stamps and household items.