Learn how to create a painterly buttercream cake using just one palette knife! In this online course you will learn the techniques for using a palette knife to make a stunning floral design. Each petal and leaf is carefully painted with gorgeous shades of buttercream. Once you learn the techniques for making palette knife flowers you can change up the colors and layout to create endless variations of this stunning design.

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Use a variety tools specific to making this design

  • Create beautiful shades of pinks and greens

  • Properly handle and load a palette knife

  • Variegate buttercream to create multi-toned petals

  • Create various bloom levels of florals

  • Complete the design with fillers and foliage

The class is filled with step-by-step instruction and everything is pre-recorded so you can learn at your own pace. You will also get unlimited access to it so you can watch whenever you have time and revisit it as many times as you need. 

Join now to create this beautiful painted cake with me!

(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
    • Pre-Class Checklist
    • Other Helpful Courses
  • 3
    • Tools
    • Tool List
  • 4
    • What You'll Need
    • Coloring Intro
    • Red and Pink
    • Light and Dark Green
    • Base Coat Green
  • 5
    Cake Coating
    • What You'll Need
    • Cake Coating Intro
    • Cake Top
    • Cake Sides
    • Finishing Touches
  • 6
    Palette Knife 101
    • Palette Knife Intro
    • How to Create Petals
    • How to Create Fillers & Foliage
  • 7
    Painting Flowers
    • What You'll Need
    • Painting Flowers Intro
    • Flowers (Part 1)
    • Flowers (Part 2)
    • Flowers (Part 3)
  • 8
    Fillers and Foliage
    • Leaves
    • Fillers
    • Cake Top Overview
  • 9
    Painting Cake Sides
    • Cake Sides
  • 10
    Class Recap
    • Congratulations!
    • Show Off Your Cake!
    • Other Courses You May Enjoy
    • Thank you!


  • Pre-recorded Videos

    Cake decorating 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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.