Startup Library: Cake Decorating

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Instructor Jenny McCoy, Cake Decorating Expert
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Find out how to stack up cake layers, fill them with frosting, and frost the entire cake with a crumb coat.
  • numbers Get tips for handling, storing, and coloring to make gorgeous, professional-looking decorated cakes.
  • numbers Learn about sugar flowers and hand-model petals to create a classic fondant rose.
  • numbers Find out how to prepare the pans, mix the batter, and bake a perfectly even cake.

Course Overview

Ready to sweeten up your skills? Explore the sugar art of cake decorating with Jenny McCoy as your expert guide. In this comprehensive beginner’s class, you’ll learn how to bake and construct a variety of one-tiered frosted cakes with professional-quality results. Along the way, discover essential tools, materials and techniques, including fondant and buttercream, sugar flowers, piping, hand modeling and much more.

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13 lectures
 |  Average 23 minutes each
  • 1
    Introduction to Cake Decorating
    Ground yourself in the fundamentals of cake decorating as Jenny discusses the elements that make up a decorated cake. Discover a few basic tools, plus the timeline for making your first cake! x
  • 2
    How to Bake a Cake
    Get right into action by learning to make a yellow butter-based cake. Find out how to prepare the pans, mix the batter, and bake it to a beautiful golden brown. You can use the same recipe to make a chocolate version, too! x
  • 3
    Making Swiss Meringue Buttercream
    Jenny shows you how to make her favorite decorating frosting: Swiss meringue buttercream. It's a step up from the traditional one-bowl, powdered sugar-and-butter variation. x
  • 4
    Constructing a Single-Tier Cake
    Trim your baked cakes so they're uniform and level every time. Find out how to stack up the layers, fill them with frosting, and frost the entire cake with a crumb coat. You'll add a final coat for a sharp-edged flat finish that will get you ready to start decorating. x
  • 5
    Buttercream: Textured Finishes
    Discover three techniques for texturing cakes with buttercream: horizontal ridge, vertical stripe and a simple-yet-beautiful brushed finish. These finishes are not only beautiful and on trend, they're also great at covering up anything that's less than perfect. x
  • 6
    Buttercream: Preparing to Pipe
    Set yourself up for piping success by learning to color buttercream for endless customization. Jenny shows you how to fill a piping bag with buttercream and pipe a line of frosting. x
  • 7
    Buttercream: Simple Designs & Borders
    Once your buttercream is colored and in a pastry bag, practice making a few simple designs with two different tips: round and star. You'll see how to turn your designs into borders. x
  • 8
    Buttercream: Piped Roses & Leaves
    Continue to work on your piping skills by learning to pipe the classic buttercream rose with Jenny's step-by-step instructions. Don't worry if you mess up; since these beauties are away from your cake they can go right back in the frosting bowl. x
  • 9
    Fondant: Handling & Coloring
    Conquer the pliable sugar dough known as fondant as Jenny shares her best tips for handling, storing and coloring to make gorgeous, professional-looking decorated cakes. x
  • 10
    Fondant: Rolling Out & Covering a Cake
    It's important to give yourself a pristine, clean canvas for decorating. In this lesson, learn how to roll out fondant and drape it beautifully over your cakes. Jenny will also walk you through some common problems and explain how to fix them. x
  • 11
    Fondant: Cutouts
    See how to make a variety of fondant decorations from just a few simple cutters and place them securely as you make a cute and easy "Happy Birthday" cake. Plus, learn Jenny's secret no-stress method for writing messages on cakes. x
  • 12
    Fondant: 3-D Roses
    Here, Jenny introduces sugar flowers, then goes over a few basic techniques for hand-modeling petals to create a classic fondant rose. x
  • 13
    What's Next: Design Ideas & Inspiration
    In this final lesson, find out how to mix and match the above techniques to create new designs and cakes for any theme or occasion! x

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What Does Each Format Include?

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Instant Video Includes:
  • Download 13 video lectures to your computer or mobile app
  • Downloadable PDF of the companion book
  • FREE video streaming of the course from our website and mobile apps
Video DVD
DVD Includes:
  • 13 lectures on 2 DVDs
  • Downloadable class resources
  • Downloadable PDF of the course companion book
  • FREE video streaming of the course from our website and mobile apps
  • Closed captioning available

What Does The Course Guidebook Include?

Video DVD
Course Guidebook Details:
  • Downloadable class resources
  • Printable supply list
  • Recipes
  • Guides for transporting and serving your cakes

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Jenny McCoy

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Jenny McCoy, Cake Decorating Expert
As a pastry chef with more than 10 years of experience in some of the country's finest kitchens, Jenny McCoy has learned to transform classic techniques into inventive and exceptional desserts, many of which you'll find in her book, Desserts for Every Season. Jenny's philosophy on baking is simple: By combining the best ingredients available and a personal creative touch, anyone can expand their repertoire to create expertly...
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