The Masterclass is a comprehensive course that covers ALL you need to know to make flower cakes from start to finish. It includes an overview of necessary tools, recipes for the perfect buttercream and cake, how to construct a layered cake as well as various freehand and comb finishes. It also includes principles for creating realistic colors, how to assemble and use a piping bag, detailed step-by step instructions and videos for 49 unique flowers, fillers & foliage as well as techniques for various cake and cupcake arrangement designs. (Refer to the curriculum below for the full list of flowers.) Sprinkled throughout the class are Liz's pro tips that she has learned over the past 10 years while making cakes. This stunning course was made with the intention to be used as both a technical resource for instruction, as well as a visual source of inspiration. Filled with over a thousand photos, careful styling and color selection, this class will visually inspire you as you learn.   

***The Masterclass is a discounted bundle of ALL the classes offered in the Art of Buttercream: Tools, Recipes, Cake Construction, Color, Intro to Piping, Flat Flowers, Dimensional Flowers, Fillers & Foliage and Arrangement.

Course curriculum

In this course you will learn:

  • 1
    Welcome!
    • Welcome!
    • Introduction
    • My Story
  • 2
    Tools
    • Tools
  • 3
    Recipes
    • Recipes
    • Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe
    • Buttercream Procedure
    • Swiss Meringue Buttercream Video
    • Advice For Making Buttercream
    • Advice for Working With Buttercream - Temperature, Storage and Reconstituting
    • Vanilla Cake Recipe
    • Vanilla Cake Video
    • Simple Syrup Recipe
    • Simple Syrup Video
  • 4
    Cake Construction
    • Cake Construction
    • Building a Layered Cake
    • Cake Finishes - Freehand and Comb
  • 5
    Color
    • Color
    • Methods and Gels
    • Mixing Colors
    • Color Progression
    • Color Design
  • 6
    Intro to Piping
    • Intro to Piping
    • Piping Bag Assembly
    • Working with a Piping Bag
    • Variegated Bag Assembly
    • Pressure and Speed
    • Tip Angles
    • Flower Nail
    • Parchment Paper
    • Moving Flat Flowers
    • Moving Dimensional Flowers
  • 7
    Flat Flowers
    • Flat Flowers
    • Anemone
    • Anemone Video
    • Apple Blossom
    • Apple Blossom Video
    • Cafe au Lait Dahlia
    • Cafe Au Lait Dahlia Video
    • Cherry Blossom
    • Cherry Blossom Video
    • Cosmos
    • Cosmos Video
    • Daffodil
    • Daffodil Video
    • Daisy
    • Daisy Video
    • Dogwood
    • Dogwood Video
    • Gerbera Daisy
    • Gerbera Daisy Video
    • Iceland Poppy
    • Iceland Poppy Video
    • Lilac
    • Lilac Video
    • Orchid
    • Orchid Video
    • Pansy
    • Pansy Video
    • Primrose
    • Primrose Video
    • Scabiosa
    • Scabiosa Video
    • Sunflower
    • Sunflower Video
    • Zinnia
    • Zinnia Video
  • 8
    Dimensional Flowers
    • Dimensional Flowers
    • Camelia
    • Camellia Video
    • Carnation
    • Carnation Video
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Chrysanthemum Video
    • Dahlia
    • Dahlia Video
    • English Rose
    • English Rose Video
    • Freesia
    • Freesia Video
    • Gardenia
    • Gardenia Video
    • Hydrangea
    • Hydrangea Video
    • Lisianthus
    • Lisianthus Video
    • Lotus
    • Lotus Video
    • Marigold
    • Marigold Video
    • Peony
    • Peony Video
    • Peony Bud
    • Peony Bud Video
    • Ranunculus
    • Ranunculus Video
    • Rose
    • Rose Video
    • Tulip
    • Tulip Video
  • 9
    Fillers and Foliage
    • Fillers and Foliage
    • Artichoke
    • Artichoke Video
    • Berries - Raspberry, Blueberry & Blackberry
    • Raspberry Video
    • Blueberry Video
    • Blackberry Video
    • Bouvardia
    • Bouvardia Video
    • Buds and Baby's Breath (3)
    • Buds and Baby's Breath (3) Video
    • Craspedia
    • Craspedia Video
    • Cotton Flower
    • Cotton Flower Video
    • Hypericum Berry
    • Hypericum Berry Video
    • Leaves (3)
    • Leaves (3) Video
    • Lotus Pod
    • Lotus Pod Video
    • Pinecone
    • Pinecone Video
  • 10
    Arrangement
    • Arrangement
    • Foundations for Arranging
    • Design Principles
    • Cupcake Single Flower
    • Cupcake Flower Trio
    • Crescent
    • Wreath
    • Center Bouquet
    • Full Bouquet
  • 11
    Index
    • Flower Index
  • 12
    Next Steps
    • Congrats! Additional Resources and Discount Code

FAQ

  • Who is this course for?

    Anyone and everyone of all skill levels! If you are a beginner who has never made buttercream or picked up a piping bag, the first few sections review all the fundamentals such as tools, recipes, cake construction, color as well as how to hold and fill a piping bag. If you are an experienced baker looking to grow your business offerings, there are still plenty of pro tips for creating realistic hues, color composition, variegating your bag with multiple shades, design principles of arranging flowers and more. There is literally something for everyone to learn!

  • Where can I get all the special tools you use for this course?

    Specialty tools may be hard to find so we made it easy for you! You can purchase a buttercream flower tool kit that includes all the tips/nozzles necessary to create every flower in this class. It also includes other essentials tools such as flower lifter scissors, flower nail, wooden nail block and plastic couplers. Other items outside this kit such as spatulas and piping bags can easily be found at your local kitchen or craft store.

  • I need more hands-on help. Are in-person workshops available?

    Yes! Cake decorating is a very hands-on skill so getting interactive instruction with personal attention is the most effective way to learn. Liz can host a private classes to accommodate your personal cake goals. Group classes are also held throughout the year in various cities. Check out the current list of in-person workshops available at www.eatcakebemerry.com/classes.

Added Bonuses

  • Discussions

    Every class has built-in discussion capabilities, making it easy to interact with the instructor and fellow students. Ask questions, share ideas and inspire one another as you take this course.

  • Self-paced Learning

    Everyone has different levels of experience and comfort when it comes to piping, so being able to absorb information at your own pace is important to learning well. Review tutorials and watch videos as many times as you want, at the speed you want, across all devices.

  • Supplemental Videos

    Piping is a visually dimensional skill that requires more than just written instructions and step-by-step photos. To enhance the learning experience, each flower is accompanied by a video to better communicate the angles, speed and pressure necessary to pipe. Each recipe has a supporting video as well.

  • Facebook Group Community

    Join like minded cake decorators in our exclusive Facebook group. This is a place to build community, share your personal tips and resources, post pictures of your cakes and encourage one another on this buttercream journey.

  • Discount Code for SHOP

    Enroll in a class and receive a special discount code to use in the SHOP. Code can be used multiple times and applies to all tool kits, supplies and even in-person workshops

  • LIVE In-Person Workshops

    Want more hands-on help and in-depth instruction? Schedule a private 1x1 class or register for a group class to meet Liz and get her expert help in person. View upcoming classes in the SHOP.

Meet Your Instructor

Liz Shim of Eat Cake Be Merry

  • Liz Shim

    Liz Shim

    Liz Shim, owner and head designer of Eat Cake Be Merry, discovered that she loved creating edible art when she was first taught how to make sugar flowers as a teenager. She was absolutely amazed at how a simple piece of gumpaste can be transformed into a beautiful rose. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Liz moved to San Francisco where she attended the California Culinary Academy. There she cultivated her passion for cakes and graduated the LeCordon Bleu program with highest honors in baking and pastry arts. Then, she flew across the country to New York City to hone her skills with some of the finest cake designers in the industry such as Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes and Kate Sullivan of Cake Power. In 2009, Liz started Eat Cake Be Merry and has since been making custom cakes for NYC clients. Liz has appeared on television shows, has her works published in books and has been featured in numerous nationwide magazines such as People, Money, Brides, The Knot and Better Home and Gardens. She has been named one of Martha Stewart's Top Pastry Pros in America and has been awarded multiple times for the Best Wedding Cakes in America by Brides Magazine, as well as Best of Weddings by The Knot. She is also the instructor of three online Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) classes and teaches workshops worldwide.

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Buttercream Flower
Starter Kit

The Buttercream Flower Starter Kit is the perfect assortment of tools to get you started. This set conveniently has every piping tip you need to create all 49 flowers & fillers demonstrated in the class. The tool kit includes: Flower nail (1), wooden nail block (1), piping tips (17), flower lifter scissors (1) and plastic couplers (2).
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For more hands on instruction, sign up for a live class with buttercream flower expert, Liz Shim. These classes provide more in-depth troubleshooting, hands-on correction and allow for plenty of practice to prefect your buttercream skills. Both private one-on-one classes and group classes are offered in various cities.
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