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Better Buttercream (DVD)

Make, color, and flavor your best buttercream yet. Plus, learn to ice cakes with super-smooth sides and razor-sharp edges.

What You Get

  • DVD with 7 video lessons
  • Full-color, printed reference booklet, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Includes closed captioning

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. French Buttercream
4. Flavoring
5. Layering & Crumb Coating
6. Creating a Clean Finish
7. Amazing Textures

Taught by

Erica O'Brien
Erica O'Brien
Erica discovered cake decorating quite by accident in 1995 and quickly fell in love with the art. After moving to California in 2006, Erica began designing cakes full time and quickly gained national recognition. In 2011, she moved to Connecticut where her business, Erica O'Brien Cake Design, continues to grow. Today, Erica's designs have been featured in Brides Magazine, The Knot and many others as well as on many noteworthy blogs. She lives with her husband and two spunky, cake-loving daughters.