The perfect cake for the holidays!

Learn how to make this colorful, festive and beautiful buttercream holiday wreath cake.

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Use a variety of tools specific to making this design
  • Create a festive array of colors
  • Properly assemble a piping bag with couplers and tips
  • Pipe poinsettias, pinecones and cotton flowers on a nail
  • Create a wreath with branches and leaves
  • Arrange all piped elements on the cake
  • Add finishing touches like berries and ice crystals

(This is a project-based class focused only on decorating techniques. You will have to prepare a layered and crumb coated cake for the class as well as a batch of buttercream. You may use any cake and buttercream recipe you wish. If you are interested in my recipes, please visit my Recipes course and if you need help building your layered cake please visit my Cake Construction course.)

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Welcome!
    • What You'll Learn
  • 2
    Pre-Class Prep
    • Cake and Buttercream
    • Other Helpful Courses
  • 3
    • What You'll Need
    • Tools
  • 4
    • What You'll Need
    • Light and Dark Brown
    • Light and Dark Green
    • Red
  • 5
    Piping Bag Assembly
    • What You'll Need
    • Preparing The Bags
    • Filling The Bags
  • 6
    Dimensional Elements
    • What You'll Need
    • Pinecone
    • Poinsettia
    • Cotton Flower
  • 7
    Flat Elements
    • What You'll Need
    • Branch Ring
    • Pine Needles and Leaves
  • 8
    • What You'll Need
    • Arranging The Cake
    • Finishing Touches
  • 9
    Class Recap
    • Congratulations!
    • Show Off Your Cake!
    • Other Courses You May Enjoy
    • Thank you!
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  • Pre-Recorded Videos

    Piping is a visually dimensional skill. To best experience this art form, this class is taught through a series of videos. This will help communicate the angles, speed and pressure necessary to create this design.

  • Facebook Group Community

    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.


  • 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.