Let's make this edible work of art together!

Learn how to create this dramatic, artistic and dimensional design all out of buttercream. Color, texture and arrangement are the key concepts that I will highlight in this course. When you combine all those elements in the right way, it can create incredible results.

In this class you will learn how to:

- Use tools specific to making this design

- Create a stunning range of deep and soft colors

- Build and coat a perfectly layered cake

- Properly assemble a piping bag

- Pipe texturally rich peonies

- Build multi-toned petals

- Add supporting foliage and buds

I can't wait to walk you through all my steps and share all my tips for creating this elegant cake! With the foundations and techniques gained through this course you will be able to create endless designs by just changing the colors and layout.

The class is filled with over 2 hours of 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.

(This is a project-based class focused only on decorating techniques. You will have to prepare layers of 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.)

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Welcome!
    • What You'll Learn
  • 2
    Pre-Class Prep
    • Pre-Class Prep
    • Cake and Buttercream
  • 3
    • Tools
    • Tool List
  • 4
    • What You'll Need & Color Formulas
    • Coloring Overview
    • Coloring: Black (3 Methods)
    • Coloring: Burgundy, Purple & Pink
    • Coloring: Dark Green, Light Green & Yellow
    • Color Recap
  • 5
    Cake Construction
    • What You'll Need
    • Leveling The Layers
    • Layering The Cake
    • Coating The Cake
  • 6
    Bag Assembly
    • What You'll Need
    • Preparing The Bags
    • Filling The Bags
  • 7
    Piping Florals
    • What You'll Need
    • Design Concepts and Floral Overview
    • Leaves
    • Burgundy Florals
    • Purple Florals
    • Pink Florals
    • White Florals
    • Finishing Details
    • Cake Overview
  • 8
    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.