Let’s do this: cake and Halloween. It’s not my best work. The web piping is a bit jagged, but I probably could have avoided that by thinning the buttercream some. Or better yet, solicit advice for best tips before I started, but forever impatient—I jumped right in.
After a cramped hand and some stuttered piping, I finally did solicit some advice. My favorite tip: use melted chocolate. Makes perfect sense, right—next time I will.
What did work well was learning to frost a cake to a smooth finish quickly and easily with tips from Craftsy’s free Modern Buttercream online course. The course covers trade secrets from a pro on how to finish buttercream to a smooth or textured finish. And if you are a beginner it will also go through how to cut, level, fill and crumbcoat your layers like a professional, then add simple fondant and piped accents.
I decided to keep this cake simple in design and technique with a smooth buttercream finish and then added some webbing for a Halloween themed cake. I figured if you are new to making cakes this is surely one you can do and if you’re more advanced—then by all means get crazy!
With that, I’m going to recommend the Modern Buttercream free course for pretty much any level, since Joshua John Russell has a lot to offer, even some great shortcuts for pros. And if you use this link here you can get an additional 25% off of any full-length course. That includes courses on cakes, baking and cooking and other subjects like crafting and photography course as well.
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.