Working with buttercream can be a bit tricky if you are unfamiliar with it. With that in mind, this class was designed to introduce you to a stable and delicious buttercream. Along with that is advice on how to handle, store and reconstitute it. Other fundamental lessons include tools, a vanilla cake recipe, cake construction, cake finishes, coloring, piping bag assembly, tip angles and more. This class is meant to get you comfortable and thoroughly equip you with the knowledge to start creating buttercream cakes.  

***This Buttercream Fundamentals class is a discounted bundle of the following classes: Tools, Recipes, Cake Construction, Color & Intro to Piping.

Course curriculum

In this course you will learn:

  • 1
    • Welcome!
    • Introduction
    • My Story
  • 2
    • Tools
  • 3
    • Recipes
    • Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe
    • Buttercream Procedure
    • Swiss Meringue Buttercream Video
    • Advice For Making Buttercream
    • Advice for Working With Buttercream - Temperature, Storage & 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
    • 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
    Next Steps
    • Congrats! Additional Resources and Discount Code


  • 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, 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 and more. There is literally something for everyone to learn!

  • Are there recipes in this course?

    Absolutely! Liz shares 3 very important recipes that she has been using for years. The most important is a recipe for the perfect buttercream that is versatile enough to fill, coat and decorate a flower cake. It is accompanied with thorough step-by-step instructions and videos. Liz's signature vanilla cake recipe that is stable and delicious is shared, as well as a simple syrup recipe designed to keep cake layers extra moist.

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

    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

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 own tips and resources, post your cake pics 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 live 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. In 2009, Liz started Eat Cake Be Merry and spent a decade making custom cakes for NYC clients. In 2019, Eat Cake Be Merry relocated to Houston, TX. 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 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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Private and Group Classes

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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