There was a time in my life that baking cakes was my hobby. Not just baking them, but decorating them as well. I took a series of Wilton classes at my local Hobby Lobby store and fell in love with the creativity of putting together bright fun birthday cakes or large tiered ones with classical whimsy.
The more cakes that I started to bake and decorate, soon enough, more and more people started asking me to make them for their special celebrations.
Some of my favorite cakes to bake and decorate are those that are meant to look a bit messy and naked like this one I made for my sweet daughters first birthday.
Baking and decorating cakes is really not too difficult once you learn some of the essential techniques. For me, I found those techniques through weeks and weeks of classes. If you’re interested in learning yourself how to make a good buttercream for icing or the essential techniques for building a tiered cake, Craftsy has you covered!
Right now, Craftsy is offering a FREE class called Modern Buttercream in where you will learn how to make a really great Swiss meringue icing, how to build a tiered cake, and decorate it too. The Swiss meringue is great. I believe it’s similar to an Italian meringue in which the sugar is first boiled with a bit of water and then mixed in with egg whites for a light fluffy texture and one that’s not too sweet. It’s brilliant!
The instructor for Modern Buttercream is Joshua John Russell. He is an Atlanta cake artist and popular instructor. He learned baking and pastry arts at Johnson & Wales University, but his elegant and detailed cake designs are all his own. A finalist in Last Cake Standing, he has appeared on the Food Network Challenge 15 times, showing the world cake artistry that is by turns ornate, over-the-top and seriously cool.
In this free Craftsy mini-class, Joshua shares a fresh take on classic buttercream skills to make your cakes look as wonderful as they taste. If you are a brand new decorator, Joshua will teach you how to cut, level, fill and crumb coat your cake layers like a professional. Then learn his trade secrets for a smooth or textured buttercream finish and add simple accents with gum paste and piping gel.
To learn all of the essential techniques covered in this class it literally took me hours of outside instruction. You can develop and hone your own skills by taking this FREE class right from the comfort of your own home. As all classes go with Craftsy, once you register for a class, it never expires. You can watch them over and over again!
Once you learn some of these basic techniques, you’ll be able to make some super fun cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and even weddings! Sign up today by clicking here to take Modern Buttercream for FREE through our friends at Craftsy.
This post was sponsored by Craftsy but all words and opinions are my own.